The class for the 2017 MLS Draft continued to take shape with the signings of five Generation adidas prospects.
Ahead of the Jan. 13 draft, MLS announced that UCLA forward Abu Danladi, UCLA midfielder Jackson Yueill and Syracuse defender Miles Robinson have signed Generation adidas deals. In addition, FC Edmonton midfielder Shamit Shome and fellow Canadian youth international Adonijah Reid have signed on as the first Generation adidas Canada signings.
Danladi and Yueill head to MLS following several standout seasons with the Bruins. Limited to just 11 games due to injury, Danladi scored seven goals in 2016 while his teammate Yueill led the Pac-12 in assists with 11. Robinson, a U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defender, was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and finished as a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
In addition, four incoming seniors also signed MLS deals as Notre Dame’s Brandon Aubrey, Providence’s Julian Gressel, Boston College’s Zeiko Lewis and Vermont’s Brian Wright have officially signed with the league. Joining them is Duke’s Jeremy Ebobisse, who signed with MLS in 2016 after foregoing his sophomore year with the Blue Devils to get a head start on his MLS career.
MLS went on to announce that seniors Jalen Brown (Xavier), Stefan Cleveland (University of Louisville), Matej Dekovic (UNC Charlotte), Marcus Epps (USF), Tucker Hume (UNC), Iman Mafi (Clemson University), Jo Vetle Rimstad (Radford University) and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (Harvard) have been added to the invite list for the upcoming MLS Combine.