Major League Soccer and adidas today announced the class of Generation adidas players that will enter the professional ranks for the 2007 Major League Soccer season. The eight players signed MLS contracts before completing their NCAA eligibility and can be selected in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, which takes place at the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday, Jan. 12 (live on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET).
Leading the 2007 class are four players from the U.S. U-20 men's national team currently preparing for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament later this month in Panama. U-20 midfielders Bryan Arguez and Anthony Wallace (South Florida), defender Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara), and goalkeeper Chris Seitz (Maryland) will all be eligible for the MLS SuperDraft.
The youth players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive training on a weekly basis with one of Major League Soccer's 13 professional clubs and will also receive educational grants to further their college education.
2007 Generation adidas class:
Bryan Arguez, Nico Colaluca, Maurice Edu, Abdus Ibrahim, Amaechi Igwe, Chris Seitz, Bakary Soumare, Anthony Wallace.