Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the signings of three collegiate seniors and four underclassmen as part of the Generation adidas program. MLS teams and adidas identified seven players as some of the most promising young soccer players in the country available for selection in the upcoming 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
The signings include two of the three finalists of the MAC Hermann Trophy: Senior Andre Akpan from Harvard and sophomore Teal Bunbury from Akron. The duo are joined by college seniors Zach Loyd (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Toni Stahl (University of Connecticut). In addition, several highly touted underclassmen were also announced as Generation adidas signings: Dilly Duka (Rutgers University), Blair Gavin (Akron University) and Jack McInerney (U.S. U-17). The full 2010 Generation adidas class will be completed in the coming weeks with an announcement expected in early January.
Akpan finished his collegiate career at Harvard University as the school's all-time leading scorer with 127 points (47 goals, 33 assists), was the 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year and a three-time finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Bunbury, a sophomore forward from Prior Lake, Minn., was the 2009 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. He led the nation in goals with 17, and added five assists to lead the Zips with 39 points this season.
McInerney was part of the U.S. team at the recent U-17 FIFA Youth World Cup, where he scored two goals in helping lead the U.S. to the round of 16.
The 2010 MLS SuperDraft takes place on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia at 2 p.m. ET. The first hour will be broadcast live on ESPN2; the remainder of the draft can be followed on MLSnet.com.
The players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 16 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education and do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.