Generation Adidas

Generation Adidas is a joint venture between Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer aimed at raising the level of young professional soccer talent in the United States.[1] The program, sponsored by Adidas, offers professional-ready players in the U.S. developmental system not yet eligible for the MLS SuperDraft early entry, allowing MLS to compete with foreign professional clubs without comparable restrictions on player signing.[2] From its establishment in 1997 to 2005, the program was sponsored by Nike and was called Project-40.[3] Originally intended to improve the U.S. national team player pool, American national team eligibility is no longer required for program entry.

Carlos Parra was the first Project-40 player when he signed with the league and was allocated to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1997. Since then, the program has included players such as Tim Howard, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Ben Olsen, Sacha Kljestan, Freddy Adu, Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley, Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman.

Generation Adidas players do not count against the MLS senior roster and usually earn a much higher salary than the league minimum. Entering into the program automatically classifies a player as professional, and thus disqualifies them from playing college soccer. As a result, Generation Adidas players are also guaranteed scholarships to continue their college education should their professional career not pan out.

From 1998 to 2000, MLS entered a team of Project-40 players, supplemented by other MLS players who did not get much playing time, into the A-League in the USL.

In 2017, MLS introduced Canadian Generation Adidas players, part of a new initiative with the Canadian Soccer Association. Canadian Generation Adidas players count as domestic players on US based MLS teams.[4]


Generation Adidas graduates are announced at the end of the MLS season (prior to 2008,[5] 2009,[6] 2010,[7] and 2011[8]) so in the charts below the graduation year represents the season after which the player was announced by MLS as a Generation Adidas graduate.


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Assigned Team Current club
Ubusuku Abukusumo 19 D Albuquerque, NM North Carolina State Columbus Crew retired
Jose Botello 20 M Los Angeles, CA East Los Angeles (Comm) College Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Nino Da Silva 17 M Hoffman Estates, IL Kansas City Wizards retired
Joey DiGiamarino 19 D Corona, CA Cal State Fullerton Colorado Rapids retired
Brian Dunseth 19 D Upland, CA Cal State Fullerton New England Revolution retired
Carlos Parra 19 M West Haven, CT MetroStars retired
Eric Quill 18 F Missouri City, TX Clemson Tampa Bay Mutiny retired
Esmundo Rodriguez 19 M Dallas, TX Indiana San Jose Clash retired
Tim Sahaydak 19 D Bethlehem, PA North Carolina Columbus Crew UCF Knights (associate head coach)
Juan Sastoque 19 F Brooklyn, NY CSUN Dallas Burn retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Assigned Team Current club
Jamar Beasley 18 F Fort Wayne, IN New England Revolution Cedar Rapids Rampage (indoor)
Judah Cooks 21 M Bethesda, MD Maryland D.C. United D.C. United U-18 (head coach)
Tim Howard 18 GK North Brunswick, NJ US Under-20 MetroStars Colorado Rapids
Andy Kirk 20 GK Milwaukee, WI Maryland San Jose Clash retired
Chad McCarty 20 D Clovis, CA Washington Tampa Bay Mutiny Clovis North Educational Center (director)
Matt Napoleon 20 GK Feasterville, PA Columbia Miami Fusion retired
Ben Olsen 20 M/F Middletown, PA Virginia D.C. United D.C. United (head coach)
Barry Swift 20 F Port-of-Spain, Trinidad MetroStars retired
Scott Vermillion 21 D Olathe, KS Virginia Tampa Bay Mutiny retired
Brian West 19 F Columbia, MD Virginia Columbus Crew retired
Josh Wolff 20 F Stone Mountain, GA South Carolina Chicago Fire Columbus Crew SC (assistant coach)


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Assigned Team Current club
Chris Albright 20 F Philadelphia, PA Virginia D.C. United retired
DaMarcus Beasley 16 M Fort Wayne, IN Bradenton Academy Los Angeles Galaxy Houston Dynamo
Scott Bower 20 F/M Tampa, FL Clemson San Jose Earthquakes retired
Sergi Daniv 23 M Lviv, Ukraine Wake Forest Chicago Fire retired
Francisco Gomez 19 M Watsonville, CA California Jaguars Kansas City Wizards retired
Michael Green 20 D Columbia, MD Virginia Kansas City Wizards
Dema Kovalenko 21 M Rochester, NY Indiana Chicago Fire retired
Alen Kozić 22 D/M Tampa, FL Florida International Miami Fusion retired
Matt Nyman 22 G Westbrook, CT Dartmouth Tampa Bay Mutiny
Antonio Otero 21 M Tampa, FL American D.C. United
Marvin Quijano 19 F North Hollywood, CA Rio Hondo Comm College Los Angeles Galaxy
Maurizio Rocha 22 M Santa Cruz, Bolivia Connecticut Miami Fusion retired
Scott Vallow 21 GK Naperville, IL Bowling Green Dallas Burn retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Current club
Shaker Asad 20 M Raleigh, NC North Carolina State New England Revolution retired
Kyle Beckerman 17 M Crofton, MD US Under-17 Miami Fusion Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra 20 D Alta Loma, CA UCLA Chicago Fire retired
Danny Califf 19 D Orange, CA Maryland Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Bobby Convey 16 M Philadelphia, PA Bradenton Academy D.C. United retired
Micah Cooks 18 M Washington, DC D.C. United Capital FC (coach)
Nick Garcia 20 D Plano, TX Indiana Kansas City Wizards retired
Mario Longo 19 M Apex, NC Columbus Crew retired
Rusty Pierce 20 D The Woodlands, TX UNC Greensboro New England Revolution retired
Nick Rimando 20 GK Montclair, CA UCLA Miami Fusion Real Salt Lake
Seth Trembly 17 M Littleton, CO Bradenton Academy Colorado Rapids UC San Diego Tritons (assistant coach)
Sergio Salas 18 F Falls Church, VA D.C. United retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafted Team Current club
Devin Barclay 17 F Annapolis, MD US Under-20 Tampa Bay Mutiny retired
Isaias Bardales 21 F San Jose, CA San Jose State Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Edson Buddle 19 F New Rochelle, NY State Fair Comm College Columbus Crew retired
Jose Aparicio Sanchez Jr 16 F Houston, TX San Jose Earthquakes retired
José Burciaga, Jr. 19 D Duncanville, TX US Under-20 Kansas City Wizards Dallas Sidekicks (indoor)
Chris Carrieri 20 F Stafford, VA North Carolina San Jose Earthquakes retired
D.J. Countess 19 GK Sacramento, CA UCLA MetroStars retired
Nick Downing 20 D Redmond, WA Maryland New England Revolution retired
Eddie Johnson 16 F Palm Coast, FL Bradenton Academy Dallas Burn retired
Martin Klinger 20 F Kearny, NJ MetroStars Black MetroStars retired
Santino Quaranta 16 F Baltimore, MD Bradenton Academy D.C. United retired
Miguel Saavedra 17 M Milwaukee, WI US Under-18 Dallas Burn retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafted Team Current club
Nelson Akwari 19 D Houston, TX UCLA MetroStars retired
Craig Capano 16 M Hyde Park, NY Bradenton Academy Chicago Fire retired
Brad Davis 20 M St. Charles, MO Saint Louis MetroStars retired
Kelly Gray 20 D Palo Alto, CA Portland Chicago Fire retired
Justin Mapp 17 M Brandon, MS Bradenton Academy D.C. United retired
Kyle Martino 20 M Atlanta, GA Virginia Columbus Crew retired
Jordan Stone 17 D Allen, TX US Under-17 Dallas Burn retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Current club
Arturo Alvarez 17 F/M Houston, TX US Under-17 San Jose Earthquakes Houston Dynamo
Brian Carroll 21 M Fairfax, VA Wake Forest D.C. United retired
Ricardo Clark 19 M Jonesboro, GA Furman MetroStars Columbus Crew SC
Alecko Eskandarian 20 F Montvale, NJ Virginia D.C. United New York Cosmos (assistant coach)
Eddie Gaven 16 M Hamilton, NJ Bradenton Academy MetroStars Ave Maria Gyrenes (head coach)
Guillermo Gonzalez 16 M Paramount, CA Bradenton Academy Los Angeles Galaxy Bishop Amat Memorial High School (assistant coach)
Nate Jaqua 21 F Eugene, OR Portland Chicago Fire retired
Jacob LeBlanc 21 M Palo Alto, VA Virginia MetroStars retired
Ricky Lewis 20 D Spring, TX Clemson Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Mike Magee 18 F/M South Barrington, IL Bradenton Academy MetroStars retired
Logan Pause 21 D Hillsborough, NC North Carolina Chicago Fire Orange County Blues FC (head coach)
David Stokes 20 D Dumfries, VA North Carolina D.C. United retired
Jason Thompson 21 F Garland, TX Eastern Illinois Dallas Burn retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Current club
Freddy Adu 14 M Potomac, MD US Under-17 D.C. United
Michael Bradley 16 M Palatine, IL US Under-17 MetroStars Toronto FC
Ryan Cochrane 20 D Portland, OR Santa Clara San Jose Earthquakes retired
Steve Cronin 20 GK Sacramento, CA Santa Clara San Jose Earthquakes retired
Clint Dempsey 20 M Nacogdoches, TX Furman New England Revolution retired
Josh Gardner 21 M Houston, TX Cincinnati Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Clarence Goodson 21 D Springfield, VA Maryland Dallas Burn retired
Ned Grabavoy 20 M New Lenox, IL Indiana Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Chad Marshall 19 D Riverside, CA Stanford Columbus Crew Seattle Sounders FC
Danny Szetela 16 M Clifton, NJ US Under-17 Columbus Crew New York Cosmos


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Current club
Chad Barrett 19 F Beaverton, OR UCLA Chicago Fire retired
Nikolas Besagno 16 M Maple Valley, WA US Under-17 Real Salt Lake retired
Hunter Freeman 20 D Allen, TX Virginia Colorado Rapids retired
Brad Guzan 20 GK Homer Glen, IL South Carolina Chivas USA Atlanta United FC
Christian Jimenez 18 M San Dimas, CA US Under-20 Chivas USA retired
Will John 19 F Kansas City, MO Saint Louis Chicago Fire
Quavas Kirk 16 F Aurora, IL US Under-17 Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Drew Moor 20 D Dallas, TX Indiana FC Dallas Toronto FC
Michael Parkhurst 20 D Cranston, RI Wake Forest New England Revolution Atlanta United FC
Ryan Pore 21 F Mansfield, OH Tulsa Kansas City Wizards Tulsa Golden Hurricane (assistant coach)
Tim Ward 17 D Waukesha, WI Saint Louis MetroStars retired
Jamie Watson 18 F Dallas, TX North Carolina Real Salt Lake retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Current club
Jozy Altidore 16 F Boca Raton, FL US Under-20 MetroStars Toronto FC
Yura Movsisyan 18 F Pasadena, CA Pasadena Lancers Kansas City Wizards
David Arvizu 17 F Santa Ana, CA US Under-20 MetroStars FC Golden State Orange County (coach)
Patrick Ianni 20 D/M Lodi, CA UCLA Houston Dynamo retired
Kei Kamara 21 F Lawndale, CA Cal State Dominguez Hills Columbus Crew Colorado Rapids
Sacha Kljestan 20 M Huntington Beach, CA Seton Hall Chivas USA Orlando City SC
Dax McCarty 18 M Winter Park, FL North Carolina FC Dallas Chicago Fire
Jacob Peterson 19 F Portage, MI Indiana Colorado Rapids retired
Willie Sims 21 F Los Angeles, CA Cal State Northridge New England Revolution retired
Nathan Sturgis 18 D/M St. Augustine, FL Clemson Los Angeles Galaxy retired
Blake Wagner 17 D Tampa, FL US Under-20 FC Dallas retired
Marvell Wynne 19 D Poway, CA UCLA MetroStars retired
Jed Zayner 21 D Orland Park, IL Indiana Columbus Crew retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Graduated Current club
Chris Seitz 19 GK San Luis Obispo, CA Maryland Real Salt Lake 2009 D.C. United
Bryan Arguez 17 D/M Miami, FL US Under-20 D.C. United
Anthony Wallace 17 D/M St. Petersburg, FL South Florida FC Dallas 2009 retired
Amaechi Igwe 17 D Belmont, CA Santa Clara New England Revolution 2009 retired
Maurice Edu 20 M Fontana, CA Maryland Toronto FC 2007 retired
Nico Colaluca 20 M/F Coventry, RI Virginia Colorado Rapids 2010 retired
Bakary Soumaré 21 D New York, NY Virginia Chicago Fire 2008 retired
Fuad Ibrahim 15 F Richfield, MN US Under-17 FC Dallas 2010 retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Drafting Team Graduated Current club
Eric Avila 20 M San Diego, CA UC Santa Barbara FC Dallas 2010 Birmingham Legion FC
Tony Beltran 20 D/M Claremont, CA UCLA Real Salt Lake 2009 Real Salt Lake
Roger Espinoza 21 M Aurora, CO Ohio State Kansas City Wizards 2010 Sporting Kansas City
Josh Lambo 17 GK Middleton, WI US Under-17 FC Dallas 2011 retired
Chance Myers 20 D/M Thousand Oaks, CA UCLA Kansas City Wizards 2010 retired
Alex Nimo 17 F/M Portland, OR US Under-17 Real Salt Lake 2010 Vancouver Victory FC (assistant coach)
Patrick Nyarko 22 F Kumasi, Ghana Virginia Tech Chicago Fire 2009 retired
Ciaran O'Brien 20 M Tacoma, WA UC Santa Barbara Colorado Rapids 2010 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (assistant coach)
Brek Shea 17 M/D College Station, TX US Under-17 FC Dallas 2010 Atlanta United FC
Rob Valentino 22 D Cave Creek, AZ San Francisco New England Revolution Atlanta United 2 (Coach)


Player Age Pos Home Town College/Prior Drafting Team Graduated Current club
Kevin Alston 20 D Silver Spring, MD Indiana New England Revolution 2009 Orange County SC
Danny Cruz 19 M Glendale, AZ UNLV Houston Dynamo 2011 retired
Stefan Frei 22 GK Widnau, Switzerland California Toronto FC 2010 Seattle Sounders FC
Omar Gonzalez 20 D Dallas, TX Maryland Los Angeles Galaxy 2009 Atlas
Jeremy Hall 20 M Tampa, FL Maryland New York Red Bulls 2009 Sacramento Republic
Baggio Hušidić 21 M Libertyville, IL UIC Chicago Fire 2010 retired
Peri Marošević 19 F Rockford, IL Michigan FC Dallas 2011 retired
Rodney Wallace 20 M Rockville, MD Maryland D.C. United 2009 Sporting Kansas City
Steve Zakuani 20 F London, England Akron Seattle Sounders FC 2009 retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/Prior Drafting Team Graduated Current club
Corben Bone 21 M Plano, TX Wake Forest Chicago Fire FC Cincinnati
Teal Bunbury 19 F Prior Lake, MN Akron Kansas City Wizards 2011 New England Revolution
Dilly Duka 20 M Montville, NJ Rutgers Columbus Crew SC 2011 FK Partizani Tirana
Blair Gavin 20 M Louisville, KY Akron Chivas USA 2011 retired
Luis Gil 16 M Garden Grove, CA US Under-17 Kansas City Wizards Querétaro F.C.
Zachary Herold 17 D Port St. Lucie, FL US Under-17 Toronto FC Retired retired
Sean Johnson 20 GK Lilburn, GA UCF Chicago Fire 2011 New York City FC
Jack McInerney 17 F Alpharetta, GA US Under-17 Philadelphia Union 2012
Danny Mwanga 18 F Kinshasa, DR Congo Oregon State Philadelphia Union 2011 retired
Amobi Okugo 18 M Sacramento, CA UCLA Philadelphia Union 2012 Austin Bold FC
Ike Opara 20 D Durham, NC Wake Forest San Jose Earthquakes Minnesota United FC
Tony Tchani 20 M Norfolk, VA Virginia New York Red Bulls 2011
Andrew Wiedeman 20 F San Ramon, CA California FC Dallas retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/Prior Drafting Team Graduated Current club
David Bingham 21 GK Castro Valley, CA California San Jose Earthquakes 2014 LA Galaxy
Will Bruin 21 F St. Louis, MO Indiana Houston Dynamo 2013 Seattle Sounders FC
Corey Hertzog 20 F Reading, PA Penn State New York Red Bulls n/a Reno 1868 FC
Perry Kitchen 18 M Indianapolis, IN Akron D.C. United 2011 LA Galaxy
Zac MacMath 19 GK St. Petersburg, FL Maryland Philadelphia Union 2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Darlington Nagbe 20 M Lakewood, OH Akron Portland Timbers 2013 Atlanta United FC
Michael Nanchoff 22 M North Royalton, OH Akron Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2013
Omar Salgado 17 F El Paso, TX US Under-20 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2014 El Paso Locomotive FC
Kofi Sarkodie 19 D Huber Heights, OH Akron Houston Dynamo 2013 Trelleborgs FF
Michael Tetteh 21 D Accra, Ghana UC Santa Barbara Seattle Sounders FC n/a retired
Zarek Valentin 19 D Lancaster, PA Akron Chivas USA 2011 Portland Timbers


Player Age Pos Home Town College/Prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Dom Dwyer 21 F London, England USF Sporting Kansas City 2014 Orlando City SC
Sam Garza 21 F Highland Village, TX UC Santa Barbara San Jose Earthquakes retired
Chandler Hoffman 21 F Birmingham, AL UCLA Philadelphia Union Birmingham Legion FC
Andrew Jean-Baptiste 19 D Brentwood, NY Connecticut Portland Timbers Terengganu II
Enzo Martinez 21 M Rock Hill, SC North Carolina Real Salt Lake Charlotte Independence
Darren Mattocks 21 F Portmore, Jamaica Akron Vancouver Whitecaps FC FC Cincinnati
Tyler Polak 19 D Lincoln, NE Creighton New England Revolution Greenville Triumph SC
Kelyn Rowe 20 M Federal Way, WA UCLA New England Revolution Real Salt Lake
Andrew Wenger 21 D Lititz, PA Duke Montreal Impact retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/Prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Deshorn Brown 21 F Manchester, Jamaica UCF Colorado Rapids 2014 OKC Energy FC
Andrew Farrell 20 D Louisville, KY Louisville New England Revolution 2014 New England Revolution
Jason Johnson 22 F Happy News, Jamaica VCU Houston Dynamo Phoenix Rising
Kekuta Manneh 18 F Austin, TX Austin Aztex Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2014 FC Cincinnati
Mikey Lopez 19 M Dallas, TX North Carolina Sporting Kansas City Birmingham Legion FC
Walker Zimmerman 19 D Lawrenceville, GA Furman FC Dallas Los Angeles FC
Eriq Zavaleta 20 F Westfield, IN Indiana Seattle Sounders FC 2014 Toronto FC


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Andre Blake 23 GK May Pen, Jamaica Connecticut Philadelphia Union 2016 Philadelphia Union
A.J. Cochran 20 D St. Louis, MO Wisconsin Houston Dynamo 2015 Phoenix Rising FC
Christian Dean 21 D East Palo Alto, CA California Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2016 retired
Marlon Hairston 19 M Jackson, MS Louisville Colorado Rapids 2016 Houston Dynamo
Damion Lowe 20 D Kingston, Jamaica Hartford Seattle Sounders FC 2016 IK Start
Eric Miller 20 D Woodbury, MN Creighton Montreal Impact 2015 Minnesota United FC
Schillo Tshuma 21 F Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Maryland Portland Timbers 2016 retired


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Alex Bono 20 G Syracuse, NY Syracuse Toronto FC Toronto FC
Conor Donovan 19 D Fuquay-Varina, NC North Carolina State Orlando City SC 2017 Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
Cyle Larin 19 F Brampton, ON Connecticut Orlando City SC 2015 Zulte Waregem
Cristian Roldan 19 M Pico Rivera, CA Washington Seattle Sounders FC 2016 Seattle Sounders FC
Romario Williams 20 F Portmore, Jamaica UCF Montreal Impact 2016 Columbus Crew SC


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Julian Buescher 22 M Dülmen, Germany Syracuse D.C. United 2017 Cavalry FC
Jack Harrison 19 M Bolton, England Wake Forest Chicago Fire 2017 Leeds United
Fabian Herbers 22 F Ahaus, Germany Creighton Philadelphia Union Chicago Fire
Omar Holness 21 M Kingston, Jamaica North Carolina Real Salt Lake 2017 Darlington
Richie Laryea 21 M Toronto, ON Akron Orlando City Toronto FC
Andrew Tarbell 21 G Mandeville, LA Clemson San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes
Joshua Yaro 21 D Kumasi, Ghana Georgetown Philadelphia Union San Antonio FC


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Abu Danladi 21 F Takoradi, Ghana UCLA Minnesota United FC Minnesota United FC
Jonathan Lewis 19 F Plantation, FL Akron New York City FC Colorado Rapids
Adonijah Reid 17 F Brampton, ON ANB Futbol Academy FC Dallas Le Havre AC
Miles Robinson 19 D Arlington, MA Syracuse Atlanta United FC Atlanta United FC
Shamit Shome 19 M Edmonton, AB FC Edmonton Montreal Impact Montreal Impact
Jackson Yueill 19 M St. Paul, MN UCLA San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Mo Adams 21 M Nottingham, England Syracuse Chicago Fire Atlanta United FC
Francis Atuahene 21 F Accra, Ghana Michigan FC Dallas FC Dallas
João Moutinho 20 D Lisbon, Portugal Akron Los Angeles FC Orlando City
Edward Opoku 20 F Odumase, Ghana Virginia Columbus Crew SC Columbus Crew SC
Mason Toye 19 F South Orange, NJ Indiana Minnesota United FC Minnesota United FC
Ema Twumasi 20 M Accra, Ghana Wake Forest FC Dallas FC Dallas
Gordon Wild 22 F Cologne, Germany Maryland Atlanta United FC D.C. United


Player Age Pos Home Town College/prior Draft Team Graduated Current club
Frankie Amaya 18 M Santa Ana, CA UCLA FC Cincinnati FC Cincinnati
Tajon Buchanan 19 F Brampton, ON Syracuse New England Revolution New England Revolution
Griffin Dorsey 19 F Evergreen, CO Indiana Toronto FC Toronto FC
Siad Haji 19 M Manchester, NH VCU San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes
John Nelson 20 D Medina, OH North Carolina FC Dallas FC Dallas
Dayne St. Clair 21 G Pickering ON Maryland Minnesota United FC Minnesota United FC
JJ Williams 20 F Montgomery, AL Kentucky Columbus Crew SC Columbus Crew SC

Project-40 in the A-League

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1998 2 USISL A-League 5th, Pacific Did not qualify Did not qualify
1999 2 USL A-League 2nd, Central Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2000 2 USL A-League 4th, Central Did not qualify 3rd Round


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