Six collegiate underclassmen have decided to take the plunge and go professional by signing a contract and becoming a member of Major League Soccer’s 2018 Generation adidas class, the league announced Friday.
They will be eligible to be selected at the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia Jan. 19.
The year’s class includes:
* Wake Forest sophomore midfielder Ema Twumasi, who earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team honors after finishing second on the team in goals (10) and third in assists (7). The Accra, Ghana native helped Wake Forest to the NCAA Division I quarterfinals, a year after finishing as runner-up in 2016.
* University of Michigan forward Francis Atuahene, also a Ghana native, finished tied for second on his team in goals (6) and assists (4) despite starting 11 matches due to injury. The junior was named second-team All-Big Ten, following first team selections in 2015 and 2016.
* Indiana University forward Mason Toye, who was named Big Ten freshman of the year and first team All-Big Ten in 2017, led the Hoosiers with 10 goals en route to the College Cup final.
* Freshman Joao Moutinho of the University of Akron tied for second on his team with five assists. Moutinho, a product of the Sporting Lisbon Academy in Portugal, helped the Zips to a semifinal appearance at the 2017 College Cup.
* Syracuse University sophomore midfielder Mo Adams received All-ACC second team honors while captaining the Orange. The Nottingham, England native earned All-ACC third team and all-freshman Team honors in 2016.
* University of Maryland junior forward Gordon Wild, who hails from Cologne, Germany, Wild was named a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in 2016 after finishing in the top three nationally in goals scored and points.
MLS Friday announced it also signed college seniors Jon Bakero (Wake Forest University), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford University) and Chris Mueller (University of Wisconsin).