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Hall, Wallace and GAs

The Insider has confirmed that midfielder Jeremy Hall and defender-midfielder Rodney Wallace, who decided to leave Maryland early to turn pro, are planning to sign with MLS. Negotiations are apparently in the late stages. There had been speculation that Europe was an option for both players. MLS is expected to unveil several Generation Adidas signings (non-college seniors) in the coming weeks. We told you the other day that Terps defender Omar Gonzalez passed up opportunities in Mexico to sign with MLS.

How much will a Generation Adidas player earn?

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Last year's GAs selected in the first round were:
1. Chance Myers, K.C. $70,000 base/$130,000 guaranteed
2. Brek Shea, Dallas $45,000/$78,000
3. Tony Beltran, RSL $55,000/$90,000
5. Ciaran O'Brien, Colorado $45,000/$78,000
7. Patrick Nyarko, Chicago $45,000/$75,000
8. Josh Lambo, Dallas $45,000/$78,000
11. Roger Espinoza, K.C. $45,000/$78,000
13. Rob Valentino, N.E. $36,000/$53,000

The top non-GA picks were:
4. Sean Franklin, L.A. $36,000/$48,000
6. Andy Iro, Columbus $36,000/$53,000

Other GA veterans in the system this past season:
Quavas Kirk, DCU $100,000/$136,500
Amaechi Igwe, N.E. $70,000/$103,000
Abdus Ibrahim, Toronto $70,000/$103,000
Nico Colaluca, Colorado $70,000/$103,000
Bakary Soumare, Chicago $70,000/$103,000

GA contract terms are negotiated before the draft and do not count against a club's salary cap. After each season, MLS determines whether a player has graduated from the program and becomes a senior roster candidate, thus counting against the cap.

By Steve Goff  |  December 22, 2008; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Comments

There are worse ways to make a living.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 22, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

... and not many better ways.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

GA salary sure beats a developmental salary. It's really not that bad of a deal for top college talent before they make the leap to Europe at 23-24.

Posted by: strago | December 22, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

wonder how many of the GA and Project 40 players have gone back to earn a college degree

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

It's really not that bad of a deal for top college talent before they make the leap to Europe at 23-24.
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The odds of a Gen A player playing in Europe at 23-24 appear to be significantly less than 20% historically. In terms of economic deals it's likely a better gamble to take the free tuition and earn a degree. I doubt they do it for economic reasons.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

wow Quavas Kirk must have been very good before signing with MLS?

pretty sure Nyarko is on more than what is posted...

Posted by: GraciasRiquelme | December 22, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

wonder how many of the GA and Project 40 players have gone back to earn a college degree

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Dunno if he was GA but I know Seth Stammler finished up his degree by commuting down from New Jersey to UMD. I hope Sasho regularly uses him as an example of the right way to do things.

Posted by: M__N | December 22, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

wonder how many of the GA and Project 40 players have gone back to earn a college degree

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 12:52 PM


Quite a few have actually finished their degrees or continued studying while part of the team.

Posted by: sitruc | December 22, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Not trying to be cynical, but who are some other GA veterans that have exceeded expectations. Paying >100K to each of the guys you listed other than Soumare has proven to be a mistake.

Or does the league just hope that they selling one Soumare for millions pays for a lot of Kirks.

Posted by: srfinger | December 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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