Consensus No. 1 pick Larin headlines five-man Generation Adidas class


The MLS SuperDraft begins in one week, and five players stock increased with their naming in the 2015 Generation Adidas class.

One player whose stock likely didn’t need much increasing is Connecticut striker Cyle Larin. The 20-year-old Canadian sophomore scored 23 goals in his two years for the Huskies and will likely be selected first overall (Orlando City SC holds the pick).

Generation Adidas players generally earn higher salaries that do not count against their club’s budget, and also receive further college scholarships since they are underclassmen and forego the rest of the eligibility.

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Joining Larin are midfielders Cristian Roldan of Washington and Romario Williams of Central Florida, as well as defender Conor Donovan of NC State and goalkeeper Alex Bono of Syracuse.

Bono led the way for the Orange’s surprising and historic NCAA tournament run as part of a stingy defense, while Donovan is a US U-20 player leaving the Wolfpack after his freshman year. Williams is a two-time all-conference attacker coming off a 7-goal season, while Roldan has 10 goals in two years.

The MLS Combine begins on Friday.