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The 2010 Major League Soccer Draft is shaping up to be a strong one, and the league took steps toward that reality on Tuesday with the announcement of the signing of seven quality draft prospects.
Teal Bunbury, Jack McInerney, Dilly Duka and Blair Gavin were announced as the league's first four Generation adidas signings of the winter, while Toni Stahl, Andre Akpan and Zach Loyd were also announced as senior signings, meaning they already have MLS contracts heading into next month's draft.
Bunbury is the most highly-coveted of the group, and is a candidate to be the first player taken in the draft, while Stahl and Akpan are both candidates to be the first senior taken off the board.
MLS had been expected to announce five Generation adidas signings, but sources tell SBI that the group was reduced to four because of delays in the completion of the deal with U.S. Under-20 goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who is expected to have his deal finalized in the coming days.
Generation adidas players are underclassmen whose contracts don't count against their team's salary caps. The seniors who have signed with MLS do have contracts that count against the salary cap.
MLS should announce a half dozen or more Generation adidas signings between now and the MLS Combine, which takes place in Florida beginning on January 9th. The MLS Draft is set for January 14 in Philadelphia. Ike Opara, Corben Bone, Tony Tchani, Danny Mwanga, Andrew Wiedeman, Amobi Okugo and Luis Gil are the leading candidates to join the Generation adidas class.
The SBI MLS Draft Big Board as well as the first SBI MLS Mock Draft will be coming on Wednesday and Thursday so stay tuned for those. For now, what do you think of this initial group of draft signings? Which player would you most like your team to land in the draft from this group?
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