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Husky among Generation Adidas signings

Here's the word from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced the list of 2015 Generation adidas players, who will enter the professional ranks through the 2015 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition, MLS has invited five youth internationals to the 2015 adidas MLS Player Combine that begins on Friday, Jan. 9 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Among the group of talented underclassmen are two All-Americans, goalkeeper Alex Bono (Syracuse University) and midfielder Cristian Roldan (University of Washington). Also included in the 2015 Generation adidas signees are defender Conor Donovan (North Carolina State) and forward Cyle Larin (UConn), both who are participating in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica for their respective countries (USA and Canada). Rounding out the class is forward/midfielder Romario Williams (University of South Florida).

Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer’s 20 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.

Five youth international players - Adrian Antonio Reta (Argentina), Braian Matias Acuna (Argentina), Carlos Alberto Riascos Guaza (Colombia), Vladimir Eric Hood (USA/Peru) and Juan Carlos Moscosa (Dominican Republic) - have been invited to the 2015 MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, where they will look to impress MLS scouts and coaches ahead of the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. Moscosa earned an invitation after performing well at the Caribbean Combine that was held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico from January 2-5.

2015 Generation adidas Players

Alex Bono GK Baldwinsville, NY Syracuse University The junior goalkeeper had another standout season between the pipes for Syracuse, earning a NSCAA All-America First Team nod and claiming the 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. The New York native set the Syracuse single-season records for goals against average (0.55) and shutouts (12) in 2014.

Conor Donovan DF Fuquay-Varina, NC North Carolina StateMade a total of 15 appearances for North Carolina State in his freshman year, recording one goal and one assist. The young defender has trained with both the U.S. U-18 and U-20 youth national teams, scoring three international goals.

Cyle Larin FW Brampton, Ontario, Canada UConnUConn sophomore Cyle Larin put in another notable year for the Huskies, finishing 2014 with a team high of nine goals, ranking him first in the conference in game-winners (3) and goals per game (0.56). The Brampton, Ontario native took home All-East Region First Team and All-Conference First Team honors and was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Cristian Roldan MF Pico Rivera, CA University of WashingtonAfter a sophomore season that saw the California native score three goals and notch two assists, Roldan was named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team while also making the All-Far West First Team. In his first year with the Huskies, Roldan recorded seven goals and five assists in 22 appearances, earning him All-Pac 12 First Team and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.

Romario Williams F/M Portmore, Jamaica University of Central FloridaThe UCF junior earned All-Conference First Team honors for the second-straight year after notching a team high of seven goals and three assists in 17 appearances – 15 of which were starts – for the Knights in 2014. In his sophomore year, the Jamaica native was named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year while picking up NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and All-ACC First Team accolades.