Four underclassmen sign with MLS
Major League Soccer announced four Generation adidas signings ahead of the 2014 SuperDraft on Thursday.
Major League Soccer finalized contracts with UConn junior goalkeeper Andre Blake, Louisville sophomore midfielder Marlon Hairston, Creighton junior defender Eric Miller and Maryland sophomore forward Ntokozo “Schillo” Tshuma. Offers were also reportedly made to UConn freshman forward Cyle Larin and California junior defender Christian Dean so the Generation adidas class will likely grow before the Jan. 16 draft in Philadelphia.
UCLA junior Leo Stolz, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy for college player of the year, is reportedly planning to stay for his senior season, which should make the Bruins, who have already added German-born Loyola transfer Larry Ndjock, early favorites for next season.
Blake was named an All-American for the third straight year guarding the net for the American Athletic tournament winners who advanced to the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament. The Jamaican has also been a member of his country’s U-17 and U-20 teams.
Hairston, a Jackson, Miss., native and member of the U.S. Under-20 national pool, helped anchor a Louisville midfield that won the first ever regular season American Athletic conference title and is often compared to MLS veteran Shalrie Joseph.
Miller, a Woodbury, Minn., native was on the U.S. Under-20 team in last year’s World Cup in Turkey and has been a consistent presence on the back line in Omaha starting all but six of Creighton’s game in his three seasons.
Tshuma, a Zimbabwe native, saw his production slip from 10 goals his freshman campaign in College Park to six this year as he helped lead the Terps to a second straight College Cup and championship game appearance.
Tshuma’s teammate, senior Patrick Mullins, has also signed with MLS as well as fellow senior from Georgetown Steve Neumann. Mullins and Neumann both turned down Generation adidas deals last season to return for their senior year.