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Posted at 12:51 AM ET, 11/23/2010

MLS identifies non-seniors for possible Generation Adidas contract offers after NCAA season

By Steve Goff

The Insider has obtained a list of non-senior college players identified by MLS for possible Generation Adidas contract offers after the NCAA tournament:

Akron junior MF-F Darlington Nagbe
Akron junior D Kofi Sarkodie
Akron sophomore D Zarek Valentin
California junior GK David Bingham
Indiana junior F Will Bruin
Maryland sophomore D Ethan White
Maryland junior MF Matt Kassel
Maryland GK Zac MacMath
Maryland junior F Casey Townsend
Notre Dame sophomore MF Dillon Powers
Penn State junior F Corey Hertzog
UC Santa Barbara junior MF Michael Tetteh
UC Santa Barbara junior MF Luis Silva

The league hopes to sign between eight and 10 from this list. From what I hear, two other highly regarded players, Connecticut junior midfielder Tony Cascio and Duke sophomore forward Ryan Finley, are expected to remain in school.

For much more.....

For clubs, the advantage of acquiring a GA player is the accompanying exemption from the salary cap for at least two years. For the player, joining MLS early yields a larger contract/signing bonus than a senior would receive.

One of the aims of Generation Adidas is to enhance the player pool in the draft, which this offseason will take place Jan. 13 in Baltimore. However, MLS's year-old homegrown rule complicates the situation. Clubs are beginning to take advantage of the policy by signing players who pass through their youth academy. As I understand it, a club would have first rights to an academy player who decides to sign in MLS. If the team doesn't want to offer a contract, the player would then become available to all clubs in the draft.

Kassel (Red Bulls), Hertzog (Philadelphia), White (D.C. United) and Cascio (Real Salt Lake) are affiliated with MLS club academies. I'm not sure about others mentioned above. In general, most college players would go into the draft.

According to sources, MLS has also taken a strong interest in signing some of the top seniors before the draft, eliminating the risk of a club selecting a player who might be enticed to head abroad instead:

Akron MF Anthony Ampipitakwong
California D A.J. Soares
Duke MF Cole Grossman
North Carolina MF Michael Farfan
North Carolina D Jalil Anibaba
North Carolina MF Stephen McCarthy

By Steve Goff  | November 23, 2010; 12:51 AM ET
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Comments

OT: Not to be "that guy", but Rongen is sweeping up on getting guys with multiple options to join our colors. First Mix, then Salgado, then Zahiva, and now Fabian Hürzeler. A 17 year old born in Houston, raised in Germany, currently playing for Bayern Munich'z reserves and captain of the German U-17s. Yanks Abroad article just describes him as a central mid, Rongen says he'll be in the January camp. Having played for the German set-up, he will require the official FIFA switch, and will be ours for good.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 23, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Based upon this GA list, this is my talent assessment in order.

Akron junior D Kofi Sarkodie
Akron sophomore D Zarek Valentin
Indiana junior F Will Bruin
UC Santa Barbara junior MF Michael Tetteh
Akron junior MF-F Darlington Nagbe
Maryland sophomore D Ethan White
Maryland GK Zac MacMath
Penn State junior F Corey Hertzog
UC Santa Barbara junior MF Luis Silva
Notre Dame sophomore MF Dillon Powers
Maryland junior MF Matt Kassel
Maryland junior F Casey Townsend
California junior GK David Bingham

Posted by: J_S_F | November 23, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

And DCU has the option of signing White as a homegrown, bypassing the draft, yes?

Is there any reason not to do that if he signs a GA deal?

Posted by: spidergoose | November 23, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh hey look, Goff answered my question after the jump. Nevermind.

Posted by: spidergoose | November 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

OT: The GWG in the Georgetown women's NCAA win over Minnesota last weekend was scored by Samantha Baker, direct from the corner. What's more, it appears that this is the third time this year she's pulled off that feat:

http://www.guhoyas.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/112010aaa.html

Posted by: universityandpark | November 23, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

@JacobfromAtlanta-ish --- This sounds like huge news. Sehr gut! Fantastich! Wunderbar!

This could be a bigger pick-up than losing Rossi or Subotic was a blow.

2014 might be too soon to anoint him as a starting center-mid, but he could put a lock on a starting slot for at least the next two cups, including the one here. Herr Hürzeler could lead Team USA out on to the FedEx field as Kapitan, in the opener.

Have to wonder why he made this choice, though. Sure, in Germany, he's got Ozil ahead of him, and some stiff competition for a place on the team., but he sounds like he might be the cream of the crop in his generation. I guess he looks at Donovan, Dempsey, Holden and Bradley and he can see that a USA international can get respect in Europe, but he seems to have icon potential in Germany.

Posted by: fischy | November 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@JSF -- I"m not familiar with Tetteh. so I'll take your word on his skills. Sarkodie does seem like the real deal, but.... Both he and Valentin have older brothers who were once very highly regarded once and now not so much. I wonder if that will affect their evaluations.

I do think, from what I've read about him, that you're seriously undervaluing Powers. He may not have the athletic gifts of some other players, but he's showing he's one heckuva soccer player.

Posted by: fischy | November 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

It should be noted that Huerzeler can train and even play in friendlies for us without making the official switch, so he's not necessarily ours for good, even if he participates in the January camp.

There was another interesting article in YA a couple weeks ago about how the Irish national team is going to start scouting MLS and other North American leagues for potential Irish-eligble players. Cap Conor Doyle now!

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

@JSF -- I"m not familiar with Tetteh. so I'll take your word on his skills. Sarkodie does seem like the real deal, but.... Both he and Valentin have older brothers who were once very highly regarded once and now not so much. I wonder if that will affect their evaluations.

I do think, from what I've read about him, that you're seriously undervaluing Powers. He may not have the athletic gifts of some other players, but he's showing he's one heckuva soccer player

@fischy
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Possibly, I've only seen Powers this year on tape 3 times (which isn't the ideal situation for evaluating). Last year, I saw him 2 times live (and 4 times on tape).

Bingham is rated so low, because he's the only player that I haven't seen, this year. Last year against MD, he wasn't consequential.

I did my rankings off-the-top-of-my-head in 5 minutes.

Posted by: J_S_F | November 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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