NCAA Division I national champions, national scoring leader, and MAC Hermann Trophy finalists among six top prospects eligible for 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas;
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NEW YORK CITY – Major League Soccer today announced the crop of four standout underclassmen that comprise the 2020 Generation adidas class and the two pre-signed seniors eligible for selection in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Jan. 9.
The pair of pre-signed seniors features two national champions, including the reigning NCAA Division I title holder Dylan Nealis of Georgetown University. Nealis, a 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, collected four goals and five assists from his defender position this season with starts all 24 games, including the national title match. Stanford University defender Tanner Beason , also a pre-signed senior, is a three-time national champion (2015, 2016, 2017) and a 2019 First Team All-American with a career 20 goals and 11 assists in 81 games.
Featured among the top underclassmen preparing for the professional ranks are four Generation adidas signees, including Clemson University junior forward Robbie Robinson, also a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, who in 19 games scored 18 goals with nine assists to finish the regular season tied as the top-ranked NCAA Division I goalscorer. Robinson notched multiple hat tricks over the season and became the 2019 ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
Also joining the Generation adidas class is Indiana University sophomore defender Jack Maher, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, who converted three game-winning goals in 2019 after last season anchoring the Indiana backline to an NCAA Division I-leading 15 shutouts as a freshman.
University of Virginia junior Henry Kessler is a 6-4 stalwart center back, who steadied the Cavaliers backline with 90 minutes played in all 24 games for a 21-2-1 record that featured a nation-leading 15 shutouts. Rounding out the Generation adidas signings is Syracuse University sophomore midfielder Ryan Raposo, who recorded 15 goals and seven assists in his 20 starts.
Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas which sees a handful of top collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players signed by MLS to Generation adidas contracts and made available in the SuperDraft. More information on Generation adidas is available here.
Expansion clubs Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC will have the first opportunities to select from this crop of talented young players in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. Miami holds the first and third overall picks, and Nashville SC will have the second overall pick.
The complete list of players available for selection in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will be available within 48 hours prior to the event. FC Dallas currently holds five picks in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas: Round 1, Picks 14 and 17 (via DC). Round 2, Pick 40. Round 3, pick 66. Round 4m pick 92.
2019 adidas MLS College Showcase Player List (as of Dec. 11, 2019)
|FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||DATE OF BIRTH||POSITION||COLLEGE||YEAR|
|Johannes||Bergmann||9/29/1994||CB/LB||University of Maryland, College Park||Senior|
|Javain||Brown||3/9/1999||CB||University of South Florida||Redshirt Sophomore|
|Gabriel||Costa||12/16/1996||AM||Southern Methodist University||Sophomore|
|Cherif||Dieye||11/11/1997||W||University of Louisville||Senior|
|Felicien||Dumas||12/29/1996||LB||University of Notre Dame||Redshirt Senior|
|David||Egbo||10/31/1998||F||University of Akron||Junior|
|Anders||Engebretsen||1/8/1996||W||Saint Mary’s College||Senior|
|Jorge||Gonzalez||10/29/1998||AM||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Senior|
|Jack||Hallahan||11/17/1996||W||University of Michigan||Senior|
|Dayonn||Harris||8/29/1997||W||University of Connecticut||Senior|
|Nicky||Hernandez||9/21/1998||DM||Southern Methodist University||Junior|
|Cal||Jennings||5/17/1997||F||University of Central Florida||Senior|
|Jeremy||Kelly||10/21/1997||RB/DM||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Senior|
University of California, Davis
|Simon||Lekressner||9/1/1998||RB||University of California, Berkeley||Senior|
|Aimé||Mabika||8/16/1998||CB||University of Kentucky||Junior|
|Manuel||Martinez||8/13/1998||CM||James Madison University||Senior|
|Garrett||McLaughlin||11/10/1997||F||Southern Methodist University||Senior|
|Aaron||Molloy||1/11/1997||DM||Penn State University||Senior|
|Patrick||Nielsen||9/18/1996||CB||Michigan State University||Redshirt Junior|
|Elliot||Panicco||11/18/1996||GK||UNC Charlotte||Redshirt Senior|
|Jesus||Perez||10/1/1997||CM||University of Illinois at Chicago||Senior|
|Louis||Pérez||6/11/1997||AM||University of Central Florida||Junior|
|Jacobo||Reyes||8/11/2000||CM/W||University of Portland||Freshman|
|Carlo||Ritaccio||1/9/2000||CB||University of Akron||Sophomore|
|Jack||Skahan||2/7/1998||W||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Senior|
|Daniel||Trejo||4/29/1998||W||California State University, Northridge||Junior|