MLS: Yaro heads 2016 Generation adidas class

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 Larin. 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
1 Chicago
2 Colorado
3 Philadelphia 
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  
14 Montreal 
15 Seattle
16 Vancouver
17 FC Dallas  
18 NY Red Bulls  
19 Columbus
20 Portland
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