The MLS 2019 project is just over a week away and the league is putting the finishing touches on the category of students in the college subclass who will be at the center of the selection category. , including a remarkable team from the United States.
Under-20 midfielder Frankie Amaya and Syracuse University striker Tajon Buchanan present a class of seven players who have signed adidas Generation contracts, sources told Goal.
Amaya, who finished her freshman season at UCLA and started for the U-20s in their 2-0 win against Mexico in the Concaaf Championship final, heads to the draft as the highest bid available side. The qualified midfielder impressed at the Concacaf Championships. It is therefore quite possible to be the first selection of the general classification in 2019.
Canadian striker Buchanan is considered one of the best hopes of the repechage. The 19-year-old forward / winger was part of the first team of CCA players, scoring eight goals and four assists for Syracuse.
University of Kentucky junior before J.J. Williams will also be competing for the first pick in the repechage. The American striker won American honors for the Wildcats after scoring 18 goals and adding 8 assists in 2018.
University of Maryland goaltender Dayne St. Clair helped the Terrapins win an NCAA title and look to follow in the footsteps of fellow former Maryland goaltender Zack Steffen. a transfer to Manchester City in December. St. Clair, a six-by-four junior, posted 12 shutouts to help Maryland win its first NCAA title in ten years.
John Nelson, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, also signed an agreement with Generation adidas and is expected to be among the first defenders selected in the project. Left-back Tar Heels took the honors of the second All-ACC team and is a former US U-17 World Cup player.
Indiana University striker Griffin Dorsey was an Amaya teammate on the U-20 national team that won the Concacaf Championship in November and joined Amaya as a Generation signatory adidas. The sophomore took the honors of the first All-Big Ten team with a Hoosiers team that reached the NCAA Finals.
Commonwealth Virginia midfielder Siad Haji is another player with a long resume from the US National Junior Team. The winger / striker midfielder has played for the United States on the U-17 and U-19 levels and should deserve a reminder from the US U-20 team for his next camp. Hadji scored five goals and 10 assists for VCU in 2018.
The adidas Generation program is the MLS mechanism to get the best students in the class to sign the MLS bill. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Jack Harrison are among the best players to follow the program.
MLS has managed to secure most of its key 2019 adidas targets, but not all. The US Under-20 National Team, Manny Perez, would be one of the top-scoring players in the 2019 draft if he signed with MLS, while weighing the transfer offers in Europe. Sources told Goal that as of Tuesday, the signing of an adidas Generation Agreement was still a possibility for the North Carolina State Defender.
UCLA striker, Mohammed Kamara, is another potential candidate who had been considered a candidate for an adidas Generation contract, but sources say he evaluates deals in Europe, particularly with the German club Paderborn.
Striker David Egbo of Akron University is another player who has been considered a target of the adidas generation after scoring 13 goals for a team of Zips having reached the NCAA finals, but he does not. Has not yet signed a contract until Tuesday.
The adidas Generation class will join the highest senior college in the MLS combo, which begins Saturday in Orlando with the 2019 MLS draft scheduled for January 10 in Chicago. As for expansion, FC Cincinnati currently holds the first overall pick in the repechage.