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January 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM

MLS signs six college stars ahead of draft, Spencer Richey reportedly will return to UW

First off, Soccer By Ives is reporting (see tweet above) that University of Washington goalkeeper Spencer Richey, who had been invited to the upcoming MLS combine, will be returning to school for another season.

The indication, then, is that Richey, a Seattle native, will be granted another year of eligibility after being out most of his senior season with a broken leg suffered in the Huskies’ fifth game of 2013.

In other news, MLS has signed four underclassmen to Generation adidas contracts, which do not count toward teams’ salary caps: goalkeeper Andre Blake (University of Connecticut), forward/midfielder Marlon Hairston (University of Louisville), midfielder/defender Eric Miller (Creighton University) and forward/midfielder NtokozoSchilloTshuma (University of Maryland).

Two top seniors also signed contract with the league: forward Patrick Mullins (University of Maryland) and forward/midfielder Steve Neumann (Georgetown University).

More of each are expected to be signed before the Jan. 16 MLS SuperDraft, but expect these guys to be among the first taken.

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