Gentile, Francois enter waiver draft after leaving school, signing with MLS

Gentile, Francois enter waiver draft after leaving school, signing with MLS

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Gentile, Francois enter waiver draft after leaving school, signing with MLS

Christiano Francois (3)

By IVES GALARCEP

Two of the more highly-regarded college prospects not to be a part of the 2014 MLS Draft are on their way to Major League Soccer after all.

University of Charlotte forward Giuseppe Gentile and University of Maryland forward Christiano Francois have signed contracts with MLS and have been made available in a waiver draft that will take place over the course of the next few days.

Gentile, a player who was on the fringes of the discussion for Generation adidas spots, leaves school after a stellar three-year college career. Rated as a Top 20 prospect had he been available in the 2014 MLS Draft, Gentile should draw interest from teams looking to bolster their forward lines with a strong forward known to be a good finisher.

Francois was a standout for Maryland as a freshman in 2012, but sat out the 2013 season due to being academically ineligible. A former Haitian Under-17 National Team, would have been regarded as a strong candidate for a Generation adidas contract had he played his sophomore season.

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