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Waiver Draft Set For Giuseppe Gentile and Christiano Francois

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Two underclassmen have signed deals with MLS.

via UNCC Athletics

The 2014 SuperDraft is over but that hasn't stopped Major League Soccer from signing two more young players to deals.

MLS announced yesterday afternoon that forwards Giuseppe Gentile (UNC Charlotte) and Christiano Francois (Maryland) have opted to leave college and sign MLS contracts. Despite being underclassmen, they are not signed to Generation adidas contracts.

They will be made available to all MLS teams via the Waiver Draft with teams ranked based on reverse order of finish in the 2013 season, taking into account postseason results. The draft itself is expected to take place over a 48-hour window with the results coming in sometime on Friday afternoon.

FC Dallas should have a decent shot in this waiver draft, as they'll come in fifth in the waiver order.

Whether or not Dallas needs another forward isn't really the question as both players could play in the attacking side of the midfield more than just up top.

Gentile is more of a number nine style player. He scored 27 goals in three seasons at UNC Charlotte and was the team's leading assist man in 2012. If anything, he would be a great player to have in the depth charts.


Francois likely could have been a top ten pick this year had he signed a Generation adidas deal. The 20-year old has really good speed and does well at taking players one-on-one.


Should FC Dallas win the waiver draft for one of these two players, we will have that news for you here.