MLS announces Generation Adidas class; Signs four college seniors

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Major League Soccer announced five members of its Generation Adidas class ahead of next week’s MLS SuperDraft.

Generation Adidas players do not have their salaries count against the team’s budget. Minnesota United and Atlanta United have the first two picks in the draft.

The five players include a pair of Canadians for the first time: FC Edmonton midfielder Shamit Shome and ANB Futbol forward Adonijah Reid.

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UCLA striker Abu Danladi is in the class, and expected to go high. The Ghana-born forward scored 18 goals and added 18 assists in three seasons.

The two remaining players are versatile Syracuse defender Miles Robinson, a U.S. youth player (pictured above jostling with Roma’s Juan Iturbe), and UCLA midfielder Jackson Yueill.

Additionally, MLS announced it’s signed four college seniors to contracts before the draft, including another Canadian in prolific Vermont striker Brian Wright.

Notre Dame standout Brandon Aubrey, BC midfielder Zeiko Lewis, and Providence midfielder Julian Gressel are the other three.

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