As the countdown to January's 2012 MLS Draft continues, we are getting a clearer picture of just what the draft class will look like, though there are still some key elements that have yet to be revealed.
What is Generation adidas?
Generation adidas is the program designed by Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation to encourage players yet to graduate from college to sign with MLS. Often, this acts as a countermeasure to talent leaving for foreign leagues.
Generation adidas players are offered more lucrative contracts that the typical draftee, though their wages do not count against a team's salary cap.
This year, five players have been signed to Generation adidas deals, down significantly from last year's 11.
The signing of Andrew Wenger and Darren Mattocks, the two highest rated prospects in the draft pool, should lock up the first two spots, with Kelyn Row, Chandler Hoffman and Sam Garza joining them in a small Generation adidas class.
As of ...