MLS signs top college players ahead of SuperDraft

Major League Soccer has signed five Generation adidas players and five other collegiates

Five more college players signed with MLS

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The player the Colorado Rapids will draft with the #6 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on January 17 may already be signed.

Major League Soccer has announced that seven players have signed Generation adidas contracts and five other top collegate players have also signed to play in MLS in 2013. All are expected to participate in the MLS Combine and enter the professional ranks through the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, which will take place at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. MT.

One key potential difference between Generation adidas players and other signings is that Generation adidas players do not count toward a team's salary budget, which is used to sign up to 20 players on a team's 30-man roster. Other players may or may not count, pending age and the amount they will earn. SEE MLS ROSTER RULES.

The Rapids have three picks in the two-round draft, including the 6th, 25th, and 30th overall selections.

The 10 players already signed to MLS contracts are:

2013 Generation adidas Class :
(Player, Pos., Age, Hometown, College/Youth Club National Team)
 
Eriq Zavaleta F, 20, Westfield, Ind., Indiana University, U.S.A. (U17 & U20)
· 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
· 2012 NSCAA All-American
· 2012 National Champion
· Nephew of former MLS and U.S. National Team defender Greg Vanney
· Father, Carlos, played for El Salvador national team and professionally in both El Salvador and the U.S.
 
Andrew Farrell MF/D, 20, Louisville, Ky., University of Louisville, N/A
· 2012 NSCAA All-American
· 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
· 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year
· First began playing soccer in Lima, Peru, during his father’s mission trip
 
Jason Johnson F, 22, Happy News, Jamaica, Virginia Commonwealth University, Jamaica (U23 & Senior)
· 2012 All-Mid –Atlantic Region First Team
· 2012 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
· 2012 First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection
 
Mikey Lopez MF, 19, Mission, Texas, University of North Carolina, U.S.A. (U18 & U20)
· 2012 NSCAA All-American
· 2012 First Team Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Year
· 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year
· Anchored the midfield for the U-20 National Team at the Marbella Cup in Spain
 
Walker Zimmerman D 19 Lawrenceville, Ga. Furman University, U.S.A. (U18 & U20)
· 2012 College Soccer News All-American First Team
· 2012 NSCAA All-American
· 2011 & 2012 NSCAA All-South Region First Team selection
· Grandfather and great grandfather played college football at Auburn while his brother was a punter for the Atlanta Falcons
 
Deshorn Brown F, 19, Manchester, Jamaica, University of Central Florida
· scored 13 goals in 16 games during his lone season at the
· NSCAA All-South Region First Team and All-Conference USA First Team
· in 2012 scored 13 goals for PDL side, Reading United AC
· Two-time NAIA All-America First Team selection at the University of Mobile
 
Kekuta Manneh F, 18 The Gambia, Lonestar SC and Texas Rush clubs
· prominent role for the Austin Aztex PDL side
· top performers in the US Soccer Federation's Development Academy
 
2013 Major League Soccer College Senior Signings:
(Player, Pos., Age, Hometown, College/Youth Club National Team)
 
Carlos Alvarez MF, 22, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Connecticut, U.S.A. (U20)
· 2012 Big East Midfielder of the Year
· 2012 NSCAA Second Team All-American
· 2012 College Soccer News First Team All-American
· Father played professionally in Mexico
 
Ryan Finley F, 21, Lumberton, N.J., University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. (U17 & U18)
 
· 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year
· 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist
· 2012 NSCAA First Team All-American
· Scored 21 goals in 22 games this season despite not starting a single match
 
Dillon Powers MF, 21, Plano, Texas, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. (U18 & U20)
 
· 2012 NSCAA First Team All-American
· 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
· 2012 All-Big East First Team
· 2012 Senior CLASS Award Finalist
 
John Stertzer MF, 22, Oakton, Va., University of Maryland, n/a
· 2012 NSCAA Third Team All-American
· 2011 & 2012 First Team All-ACC
· 2012 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team
· Father played football at Washington State
 
Kyle Bekker MF, 22, Oakville, Ontario, Boston College, Canada (U15, U17 & U23)
· 2012 NSCAA All-South Atlantic First Team
· 2012 All-ACC First Team
· 2012 TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season member
· Formerly trained with AFC AJAX’s Youth Academy