- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 23, 2010
- 0 Comments
- Generation adidas
A short programming note before I begin here. Forgive me for the lack of posts the last couple days, I’ve been traveling for the holidays and of course this news came across my inbox as I was in the air yesterday. Go figure right?
Anyways, Major League Soccer is close to finalizing their Generation adidas class for this year.
According to a multiple sources MLS is close to announcing the signings of Akron’s Darlington Nagbe, Kofi Sarkodie, Zarek Valentin and Michael Nanchoff; Indiana striker Will Bruin; Penn State striker Corey Hertzog; and Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath. MLS is still hoping to reach a deal with another Akron star, Perry Kitchen.
So far two players on the initial GA class list are likely not to sign this year with MLS. Maryland striker Casey Townsend is said to be going back to school for his senior year and Akron striker Darren Mattocks is likely off the league’s GA radar at the moment. The league could also sign one more keeper to the list with California’s David Bingham.
MLS has signed three seniors already in North Carolina’s Jalil Anibaba, Michael Farfan and Stephen McCarthy. They are also close to signing Akron’s Anthony Ampaipitakwong.
This list should be what MLS gets this year for the draft. We knew going into things here that it would be very Akron heavy after the Zips won their first College Cup. If the league is able to sign Kitchen then this class will turn from a good one into a very good one. We also can’t forget that US U-20 striker Omar Salgado is included in this class as well.
I think it’s interesting to see what will happen with Hertzog. From the sound of things he’s getting a GA contract and not a Home Grown deal with Philadelphia like the Union wanted. With Philadelphia picking at number 5 you have to imagine they’ll select him there.
After Christmas I’ll have a new Mock Draft up here to reflect these updates.