Ghanaian defender Joshua Yaro
, tipped to be the No. 1 pick in Thursday's SuperDraft in Baltimore, was one of five players signed to MLS contracts in the 2016 Generation adidas class. The
underclassmen group also includes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell
, who led Clemson to the Men's College Cup final, and Wake Forest freshman Jack Harrison
, Akron sophomore Richie Laryea
and Syracuse sophomore Julian Buescher
, all midfielders.
Tarbell, who hails from Louisiana, is the only American in the group. Yaro and Harrison, an Englishman, both first came
to the United States to attend boarding school. Laryea hails from the same Sigma youth program in Toronto that produced 2015 No. 1 SuperDraft pick and MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle
. Buescher, 22, is one of many Germans who have entered the college ranks in recent years.
Generation adidas players generally go at the top of the SuperDraft as they do not
count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
MLS has also signed left back Brandon Vincent
from NCAA champion Stanford, the first senior signed ahead of the SuperDraft.
MLS SuperDraft, Round 1
4 New York City
5 Real Salt Lake
6 Philadelphia (from Houston)
7 Orlando City
8 San Jose
9 Toronto FC
10 New England
11 Sporting KC
12 LA Galaxy
13 D.C. United
17 FC Dallas
18 NY Red Bulls