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January 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

MLS reveals Generation Adidas players

This is from MLS web site. Also see the combine team rosters further down.

Nine young prospects to compete at Jan. 9-13 combine in Ft. Lauderdale

Teams seek future stars in SuperDraft

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and adidas have announced the 2009 class of Generation adidas players that will enter the professional ranks for the 2009 Major League Soccer season. MLS teams and adidas identified nine of the most promising soccer players in the United States. These players signed MLS contracts before completing their NCAA eligibility and can be selected in the upcoming 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

Highlighting this year’s class are three members of the University of Maryland’s national championship team and a finalist for this year’s MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy. The nine players are: Kevin Alston (Indiana University), Danny Cruz (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Stefan Frei (University of California), Omar Gonzalez (University of Maryland), Jeremy Hall (University of Maryland), Baggio Husidic (University of Illinois – Chicago), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan), Rodney Wallace (University of Maryland) and Steve Zakuani (University of Akron).

Last year’s class of nine Generation adidas players produced six of the first eight overall selections in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, including the top three selections – Chance Myers (Kansas City Wizards, No. 1 overall), Brek Shea (FC Dallas, No. 2), and Anthony Beltran (Real Salt Lake, No. 3).

The 2009 MLS SuperDraft takes place at the St. Louis Convention Center – America’s Center (America’s Ballroom) on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. ET. The first hour will be broadcast live on ESPN2; the remainder of the draft can be followed on MLSnet.com.

The players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer’s 15 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.

All nine players will participate in the adidas MLS Player Combine Jan. 9-13 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Combine gives MLS coaches and general managers a final chance to evaluate talent in preparation for their draft day selections. The complete rosters and game schedules for the adidas MLS Player Combine are below.

Gonzalez, Hall, and Wallace were key components in Maryland’s 2008 National Championship campaign. Hall, a First Team All-ACC selection, had 14 goals and seven assists, while Wallace started 25 games for the Terps. The Terps’ defense was led by Gonzalez, an adidas/NCSAA First Team All-American, MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, and the NCAA Men’s College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Alston, Husidic, Marosevic and Frei are among the top rated collegiate players. Alston was named First Team All-Big Ten. He started 24 games and led the Hoosiers to an NCAA tournament quarterfinal appearance. Husidic scored nine goals and added six assists and was named adidas/NCSAA First Team All-American and Soccer America First Team MVP. Marosevic ranked second in the Big Ten with 13 goals and was named First Team All-Big Ten. Frei is the only goalkeeper selected to this year’s Generation adidas class. He started 21 games for the University of California and had a 0.77 goals against average. He was named adidas/NCSAA First Team All-American in 2007.

Cruz, 19, is the youngest member of the Generation adidas class. A former star youth football and hockey player, Cruz began playing soccer in his freshman year of high school. He adapted quickly to the sport and is now a member of the U-20 Men’s national team and in 2007 was the first UNLV Rebel named Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Zakuani, a sophomore forward from University of Akron, led the nation in goals (20) and points per game (2.14). He had seven game-winning goals on his way to being named the Mid-American Conference Player of the year, NSCAA/adidas NCAA Men’s Division I All-America Team, and the Soccer America Player of the Year. He is a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, honoring the country’s top Division I collegiate soccer player. The award will be announced Friday, Jan. 9 in St. Louis.

The class of nine Generation adidas players range in age from 19 to 22 years old, and they represent a broad area of the country. Three players are from the Midwest of the United States (Illinois, Ohio), two from the East Coast (Maryland), two from the south (Texas and Florida), one from the southwest (Arizona) and one player from California by way of Switzerland.

Generation adidas, which was established ahead of the 2005 MLS season, is a player development program that identifies and nurtures the elite youth soccer talent in the United States.

2009 Generation adidas class

Player Pos. Age Hometown College/Club National Team Experience

Kevin Alston D 20 Silver Spring, MD University of Indiana US U-17

Danny Cruz M 19 Glendale, AZ University of Nevada Las Vegas US U-20

Stefan Frei GK 22 Berkeley, CA University of California Switzerland U-15

Omar Gonzalez D 20 Dallas, TX University of Maryland US U-17

Jeremy Hall M 20 Tampa, FL University of Maryland US U-17

Baggio Husidic M 21 Libertyville, IL University of Illinois – Chicago N/A

Peri Marosevic F 19 Rockford, IL University of Michigan US U-17

Rodney Wallace M 20 Rockville, MD University of Maryland N/A

Steve Zakuani F 20 Akron, OH University of Akron N/A

Complete 2009 adidas MLS Combine Rosters

adidas adiPure

Alec Dufty (University of Evansville)

Neal Kitson (St. John’s University)

Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe (George Mason University)

Raphael Cox (University of Washington)

Danny Cruz (Generation adidas/University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Juan Guerra (Florida International University)

Jack Traynor (University of Notre Dame)

Darrius Barnes (Duke University)

Matt Besler (University of Notre Dame)

Graciano Brito (Quinnipiac University)

Aaron Clapham (University of Louisville)

Jokull Elisabetarson (University of North Carolina – Greensboro)

Wes Knight (College of Charleston)

Paul Nicholson (Rio Grande University)

Jean Alexandre (Lynn University)

Jordan Seabrook (University of South Florida)

Jeremy Hall (Generation adidas/University of Maryland)

Otto Loewy (Winthrop University)

Coaches: Bobby Clark (University of Notre Dame) and Jeremy Alumbaugh (Springfield United)

adidas Tunit Stefan Frei (Generation adidas/University of California)

Trevor Banks (Old Dominion University)

Josh Boateng (Liberty University)

AJ DeLaGarza (University of Mayland)

Richard Jata (Campbell Univeristy)

Rodney Wallace (Generation adidas/University of Maryland)

Brandon Barklage (Saint Louis University)

Pav Castenada (Duke University)

Paul Gerstenberger (Boston College)

Andrei Gotsmanov (Creighton University)

Peri Marosevic (Generation adidas/University of Michigan)

Kyle Patterson (Saint Louis University)

Chris Pontius (University of California – Santa Barbara)

Matt Poole (University of Virginia)

Kyle Russell (Coastal Carolina University)

Babajide Ogunbiyi (Santa Clara University)

Daniel Revivo (Winthrop University)

Coaches: Cam Rast (University of Santa Clara) and Marc Nicholls (Greensboro Youth Soccer)

adidas Predator PowerSwerve

Evan Bush (University of Akron)

Sean Milligan (Dartmouth University)

Quincy Amarikwa (University of California – Davis)

Oscar Castillo (University of Connecticut)

Jeffery Harwell (Southern Methodist University)

Keum Sung Kim (Loyola University)

Akeem Priestly (University of Connecticut)

Lyle Adams (Wake Forest University)

Rhett Bernstein (Brown University)

Sam Cronin (Wake Forest University)

Doug DeMartin (Michigan State University)

Bryan Irwin (University of Portland)

Yohance Marshall (University of South Florida)

Ryan Mirsky (Southern Methodist University)

Patrick Murray (Furman University)

Steve Zakuani (Generation adidas/University of Akron)

Nick Zimmerman (James Madison University)

Omar Gonzalez (Generation adidas/University of Maryland)

Coaches: Caleb Porter (University of Akron) and Bobby Muuss (University of Denver)

adidas Tiro

Steward Ceus (University of Albany)

Milos Kocic (Loyola College (Md.))

Ryan Maxwell (University of Tampa)

Michael Lahoud (Wake Forest University)

Chris Salvaggione (UNC – Charlotte)

Kevin Alston (Generation adidas/Indiana University)

Calum Angus (Saint Louis University)

Evan Brown (Wake Forest University)

Graham Zusi (University of Maryland)

Chris Clements (University of Tulsa)

Dylan Curtis (University of California – Davis)

Alex Grendi (University of Pennsylvania)

David Hertel (Michigan State University)

Ryan Maduro (Providence College)

Baggio Husidic (Generation adidas/University of Illinois – Chicago)

George John (University of Washington)

Ross Schunk (Redlands University)

Nick Perera (University of California – Santa Barbara)

Coaches: Chaka Daley (Providence College) and Janusz Michallik (National Director of SoccerPlus Camps)

MLS PLAYER COMBINE GAME SCHEDULE

All games are open to the public. All times eastern and schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, January 10

2:30 PM Predator PowerSwerve vs. adidas Tunit (Lockhart Stadium)

4:30 PM adiPure vs. adidas Tiro (Lockhart Stadium)

Sunday, January 11

3:00 PM adidas Tunit vs. adidas Tiro (Lockhart Stadium)

5:00 PM Predator PowerSwerve vs adiPure (Lockhart Stadium)

Tuesday, January 13

9:15 AM Predator PowerSwerve vs adidas Tiro (Lockhart Stadium)

11:15 AM adiPure vs adidas Tunit (Lockhart Stadium)

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