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2017 Generation adidas class announced

Two Canadian GAs included in the list for the first time.

UCLA Athletics

The MLS SuperDraft is next week (let that sink for a moment) and the first signings of rookies are out as the league announced their list of Generation adidas players today. The list also includes the first two Canadian GA signings.

The three Generation adidas players include UCLA forward Abu Danladi, who despite appearing in only 11 games in 2016, posted a career high seven goals and finished second on the Bruins with 16 points, while being named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Joining Danladi is UCLA teammate and sophomore midfielder Jackson Yueill, who led the Pac-12 in assists with 11, fifth best in the NCAA, and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors.

Rounding out the group is Syracuse University defender Miles Robinson, who was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist after a standout season that saw his inclusion on the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team roster for the 2016 Four Nations Tournament.

The two Canadian GAs include FC Edmonton midfielder Shamit Shome and former ANB Futbol forward Adonijah Reid, make up the inaugural Generation adidas Canada class. Shome made his professional debut with his hometown club in 2016 after graduating from the FC Edmonton Academy, making 26 appearances while playing a key role with the Canada U-20 Men’s National Team. Reid, a native of Brampton, ON, has been a part of the Canadian Youth National Team player pool since 2014.

Ahead of the SuperDraft, MLS has also signed college seniors Brandon Aubrey (Notre Dame), Julian Gressel (Providence College), Zeiko Lewis (Boston College), Brian Wright (University of Vermont) and underclassman Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke).

FC Dallas has the 16th pick in next week’s first round. We will have more coverage leading up to the draft in the coming days as we get closer.