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8 minutes ago, Zip_ME87 said:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/12/21/mls-invites-initial-group-60-players-2018-combine

 

Congrats to Pau Belana, Manel Cordeiro, Niko De Vera, Sam Gainford, and Nate Shultz on being invited to the MLS Combine.

 

   Good luck to those 5 seniors.   I would be remiss if I did  also not send best wishes to Stuart Holthusen.  Those 6 seniors will be very hard to replace on the field.  Very anxious to see what next year's recruiting class looks like.

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Stuart mentioned in this article about snubs

 

https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/six-mls-combine-snubs_aid43603

 

F Stuart Holthusen, Akron

Perhaps Holthusen’s exclusion is down to Zips fatigue – there are already five players invited to the combine from the College Cup side – though Holthusen, a New Zealand youth international who finished the season on fire, should get a chance to play in front of MLS coaches. While he lacks the physical traits that lays the base for what MLS teams value, Holthusen is a savvy player and good finisher that can find space on the field in front of goal.

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1 hour ago, zippyfan34 said:

Did anyone else hear Hinds going pro?  Not sure if it is a homegrown but I thought I heard someone say he was leaving.

 

Without a GA deal, it would have to be a homegrown.

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Zips Nation are very proud of Nate Shultz.  He has come a long way as player, now potentially a professional prospect.  All around good guy from a solid family!  We hope he gets to take his dream to the next level.  

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20 minutes ago, Zip_ME87 said:

Ives Galarcep's take on 2018 Top MLS Draft prospects (including further speculation that Joao is being offered a Generation Adidas deal)...

 

http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/meet-the-2018-generation-adidas-class-and-top-mls-draft/og9972guauei1vlg2wq3nfksx

How many on this list were Zips' opponents in 2017?  Quite a few.

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2 hours ago, Zip_ME87 said:

Ives Galarcep's take on 2018 Top MLS Draft prospects (including further speculation that Joao is being offered a Generation Adidas deal)...

 

http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/meet-the-2018-generation-adidas-class-and-top-mls-draft/og9972guauei1vlg2wq3nfksx

Ives has always been one of the most accurate soccer writers.  he has some very good sources and Ives works hard at finding soccer news

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10 hours ago, TennZip said:

 

Well, I definitely understand what MLS scouts see.

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Apparently (according to Soccer by Ives), Joao is among those who have agreed to sign a Generation Adidas deal. In 2017, the first signings were confirmed on January 4th with Jonathan Lewis being added on January 6th. With the 2018 MLS Combine set to begin on January 11th, we should have final confirmation soon.

 

http://sbisoccer.com/2018/01/report-atuahene-moutinho-among-six-set-to-sign-generation-adidas-mls-deals

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35 minutes ago, Zip_ME87 said:

Apparently (according to Soccer by Ives), Joao is among those who have agreed to sign a Generation Adidas deal. In 2017, the first signings were confirmed on January 4th with Jonathan Lewis being added on January 6th. With the 2018 MLS Combine set to begin on January 11th, we should have final confirmation soon.

 

http://sbisoccer.com/2018/01/report-atuahene-moutinho-among-six-set-to-sign-generation-adidas-mls-deals

Dang!  I am going to miss Joao.  He was my favorite player last year.

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1 hour ago, Zip_ME87 said:

Apparently (according to Soccer by Ives), Joao is among those who have agreed to sign a Generation Adidas deal. In 2017, the first signings were confirmed on January 4th with Jonathan Lewis being added on January 6th. With the 2018 MLS Combine set to begin on January 11th, we should have final confirmation soon.

 

http://sbisoccer.com/2018/01/report-atuahene-moutinho-among-six-set-to-sign-generation-adidas-mls-deals

SON OF A .....!!!  I hate this!!!  

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I don't think any of us are happy to lose Joao, but I'm sure those GA deals are too good to turn down. For those who wonder why it's so difficult to win the College Cup, look no further than MLS/Generation Adidas. Two rising stars, Jonathan Lewis and now apparently Joao Moutinho, gone after only 1 season, and one potential star, Wan Kuzain bin Wan Kamal, whom we never got to see with the Zips thanks to SKC/Swope Park.

 

EDIT: I'll be damn proud to support Joao in the professional ranks along with all of our other professional Zips soccer players!

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Zip_ME87 said:

I don't think any of us are happy to lose Joao, but I'm sure those GA deals are too good to turn down. For those who wonder why it's so difficult to win the College Cup, look no further than MLS/Generation Adidas. Two rising stars, Jonathan Lewis and now apparently Joao Moutinho, gone after only 1 season, and one potential star, Wan Kuzain bin Wan Kamal, whom we never got to see with the Zips thanks to SKC/Swope Park.

 

EDIT: I'll be damn proud to support Joao in the professional ranks along with all of our other professional Zips soccer players!

 

 

 

 

Although I hate it, I too am still proud of the Zippies that have taken advantage of this in the past and now and will also support the heck out of them.  Can't blame them at all.  I had told a friend (yes fknbuflobo I DO have some!) that why Akron was so good this season was they didn't lose a lot to the MLS or pros like in the past.  I mean we lost Jonathan like ME said, but we didn't lose 5 or 6 in the same season GA or Hometown.  ME's right, this is why it's tough to stay in the elite top 10 season after season, re-loading is tough to do when you don't see it coming.

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It's official now.

 

https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2018/01/05/six-standouts-make-2018-generation-adidas-class

 

Major League Soccer today announced the 2018 Generation adidas class, which includes six standout collegiate underclassmen that will enter the professional ranks through the 2018 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. ...

 

Fellow freshman Joao Moutinho of Akron joins the Generation adidas class after finishing tied for second on the team with five assists. Moutinho, a product of the famed Sporting Lisbon Academy in Portugal, helped Akron to a semifinal appearance at the 2017 College Cup.

 

 

https://www.mlssoccer.com/mlssoccer.com/generation-adidas/2018

 

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Impressive: http://gozips.com/news/2018/1/5/mens-soccer-moutinho-part-of-2018-generation-adidas-class.aspx

 

MOST GENERATION ADIDAS SIGNINGS (2006-PRESENT)

1  Akron  12

2  UCLA  9

3  Maryland  8

4  Indiana  6

5  North Carolina  4

    California          4

    UCSB                 4

    Wake Forest     4

    Syracuse          4

 

 

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3 hours ago, Zip_ME87 said:

It's official now.

 

https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2018/01/05/six-standouts-make-2018-generation-adidas-class

 

Major League Soccer today announced the 2018 Generation adidas class, which includes six standout collegiate underclassmen that will enter the professional ranks through the 2018 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. ...

 

Fellow freshman Joao Moutinho of Akron joins the Generation adidas class after finishing tied for second on the team with five assists. Moutinho, a product of the famed Sporting Lisbon Academy in Portugal, helped Akron to a semifinal appearance at the 2017 College Cup.

 

 

https://www.mlssoccer.com/mlssoccer.com/generation-adidas/2018

 

Best wishes to Joao.   At the beginning of this past season, I thought that the zips would lose in the NCAA round of 32 because I did not know what to expect from the 2 center backs.   I had no idea that Joao would be the best player on the team that Daniel Strachan would also be outstanding.   The 2 great freshman center DB's propelled this team to the final four.  Thank you for everything , Joao and do super in MLS.

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