By IVES GALARCEP
The MLS Draft is exactly one week away and the Generation adidas class that once seemed in jeopardy of being a paltry group has shaped up to be a formidable collection of top college talent.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defender Conor Donovan has signed a Generation adidas contract, rounding out a five-player class for the 2015 MLS Draft, sources confirmed to SBI on Thursday.
A 19-year-old central defender who just completed his freshman season at North Carolina State, Donovan has impressed with the U.S. Under-20s in recent camps, boosting his stock and forcing his way into the GA conversation despite the league’s previous intentions to keep the class smaller.
Donovan joins a GA class that also includes UConn forward Cyle Larin and Central Florida forward Romario Williams. University of Washington playmaker Cristian Roldan also finalized a GA deal this week, while sources close to Syracuse goalkeeper Alex Bono confirmed a Wednesday report that he too had signed a GA deal.
Donovan and Larin will not take part in the MLS Combine or MLS Draft as both are playing in the Under-20 World Cup qualifying tournament in Jamaica. Larin, Williams and Bono are expected to take part in the combine.
Larin is the No. 1 rated player on the latest SBI MLS Draft Big Board, with Roldan at No. 2 and Williams at No. 3.
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