MLS SuperDraft: Three sophomores signed to Generation adidas contracts

Major League Soccer's list of players eligible for selection in the 2021 SuperDraft on Jan. 21 include three underclassmen forming the Generation adidas class: sophomore forward Calvin Harris (Wake Forest) and sophomore midfielders Philip Mayaka (Clemson) and Daniel Pereira (photo, Virginia Tech).

All three players are foreign-born: Harris, who was born in England -- his father, Terry Harris, played for Sheffield United -- and schooled in New Zealand and resides in Hong Kong; Mayaka, who hails from Kenya and attended Florida's Montverde Academy; and Pereira, who moved from Venezuela to Roanoke, Virginia, as a teenager when his family sought asylum.

Calvin Harris (Wake Forest): 4 goals and 2 assists in 2020 after 6 goals and 3 assists as a freshman.

Philip Mayaka (Clemson): 2 goals and 8 assists in 30 games over two seasons.

Daniel Pereira (Virginia Tech): 6 goals and 6 assists in 26 games over two seasons.

All three players played in the ACC, one of two men's college conferences to operate fall seasons.

The list of eligible players includes 176 players, mostly college seniors. What is new is that the list includes 14 players from USL Championship and USL League One teams -- both independent and MLS second teams -- who finished their college eligibility in 2019 and turned pro in 2020.

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