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MLS Announces 2020 Generation adidas Class and Pre-Signed Seniors

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;
2020 MLS SuperDraft to take place Jan. 9 on Twitter, ESPN App, YouTube and Facebook

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
Joris Ahlinvi 7/13/1995 W/AM Indiana University Senior
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
Wallis Lapsley 4/14/1997 GK
University of California, Davis
Redshirt Senior
Simon Lefebvre 5/6/1997 GK Temple University Senior
Simon Lekressner 9/1/1998 RB University of California, Berkeley Senior
Aimé Mabika 8/16/1998 CB University of Kentucky Junior
Jack Maher 10/28/1999 CB Indiana University Sophomore
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
Daniel Pereira 7/14/2000 CM Virginia Tech Freshman
Jesus Perez 10/1/1997 CM University of Illinois at Chicago Senior
Louis Pérez 6/11/1997 AM University of Central Florida Junior
Daniele Proch 11/8/1996 AM Duke University Senior
Luka Prpa 7/27/1998 CM Marquette University Senior
Ryan Raposo 3/5/1999 W Syracuse University Sophomore
Jacobo Reyes 8/11/2000 CM/W University of Portland Freshman
Carlo Ritaccio 1/9/2000 CB University of Akron Sophomore
Robbie Robinson 12/17/1998 F Clemson University Junior
Patrick Seagrist 2/21/1998 LB Marquette University Senior
Jack Skahan 2/7/1998 W University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Senior
Kimarni Smith 3/14/1998 W Clemson University Junior
Aedan Stanley 12/13/1999 LB Duke University Sophomore
Daniel Trejo 4/29/1998 W California State University, Northridge Junior
Simon Waever 1/21/1996 RB Indiana University Senior
Brandon Williamson 4/2/1998 DM
Duke University
Senior

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