The Generation Adidas program’s new focus on Canada has begun.
Shamit Shome, who played for FC Edmonton in the NASL last season, and Adonijah Reid, of ANB Futbol, have been signed to GA deals and will be available for selection in this year’s MLS SuperDraft on January 13.
Reid, a striker who was the joint-top goalscorer in League1 Ontario in 2015 at age 16, will be the youngest player to take part in the pre-draft combine. ANB Futbol left that league this year and Reid has most recently represented the club’s Under-20 team in the Soccer Academy Alliance Canada, winning the league and cup competitions. He has trialled with Sporting in Portugal and Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.
Shome is a 19-year-old midfielder who played 26 games for FC Edmonton in the NASL last season. Like Reid, he is a Canada youth international and started in the Under-20 team’s shock 2-1 victory over England in March.
Generation Adidas designation held specifically for Canadian players was introduced to MLS as part of the new youth development initiatives recently agreed by the league with Canada Soccer. The changes also included the introduction of league-wide homegrown status for Canadian players who progress through MLS academies.
Abu Danladi and Jackson Yueill of UCLA and Miles Robinson of Syracuse have also been signed to Generation Adidas contracts.
Toronto’s first-round pick is at 21st overall - the penultimate pick of the opening stage as last season’s runners-up. They are then scheduled to pick early in the second round, at 26th and 27th overall, as part of trades with the Houston Dynamo (for Collen Warner) and Montreal Impact (for an international slot) respectively, though the pick in the Warner deal was conditional and has not been confirmed.
NOTE: A previous version of this article stated that Toronto’s first-round pick (#21 overall) had been traded to the Colorado Rapids as part of the deal for Clint Irwin. We have now learned that the pick was conditional, the conditions were not met and Toronto have retained it.