SAAC Grads Reid, Awuah and Nanco selected in MLS SuperDraft

The 2017 MLS SuperDraft was held in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 13th and it proved to be a great day for Canadian talent.

It was also a monumental moment for two former SAAC standouts. Kwame Awuah (Sigma FC) and Adonijah Reid (ANB Futbol) were selected to New York City FC and FC Dallas respectively.

Awuah, currently a full-back at UCONN, was selected 16th overall by NYCFC. New York did not initially hold the 16th overall selection, but traded $75K in general allocation money (GAM) to the current MLS Cup Champions, Seattle Sounders in order to obtain the pick.

“I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get started with the guys. I’ve watched a lot of NYCFC games, and just to play under a great coaching staff, a great fanbase and a great city is an opportunity I won’t let go to waste,” Awuah said to NYCFC.com

On the other hand, 17-year-old Adonijah Reid of ANB Futbol was selected 40th overall by FC Dallas. Reid was the youngest player in this years draft, while also being a member of this years Generation Adidas Canada class. Reid was a vital part of ANB’s U20 Academy Cup Final win at SAAC Champhionship Weekend in November.

Via an article by TSN, Reid praises ANB Futbol for a lot of his success. “I’ve been there for five years so they’ve been with me basically through all the years I’ve been trying to develop as a good player. And I couldn’t thank them enough for all the help in making me a professional.”

One day later, former Sigma FC striker Chris Nanco saw his wait come to an end as he was drafted 55th overall to the Philadelphia Union. He was currently playing for Syracuse.

We’d like to take this time to congratulate Kwame, Adonijah and Chris on being drafted into the MLS, and we wish them continued success throughout their professional career!

You can follow their progress via their social feeds: @ChrisNanco, @King_Nijah and @kayawuah.

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SBI’s Mock MLS SuperDraft contains three SAAC alumni

With the MLS Draft right around the corner, SBI Soccer has just released a mock list of the selections for the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Three SAAC alumni are amongst the 60 selections from SBI.

 

At number 25 is Adonijah Reid of ANB Futbol. News broke last week that he signed a Generation adidas Canada contract and he will enter the 2017 SuperDraft. He is the youngest player available in the draft.

On the flip side, former Sigma FC standouts Chris Nanco and Kwame Awuah find themselves slotted in at the 37th and 60th spot respectively.

Congratulations to Sigma FC and ANB Futbol, but most importantly, we wish the best of luck to Adonijah, Chris and Kwame in the MLS SuperDraft!

Visit SBI Soccer’s page for the full mock draft.

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ANB’s Adonijah Reid signs Generation Adidas Canada Contract

SAAC Release

January 4th, 2017

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced its 2017 Generation Adidas class including the first Generation Adidas Canada signings. Amongst them is SAAC and ANB Futbol star Adonijah Reid. With this contract, Reid will be entered into the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13.

 

For those that are unaware of what a Generation adidas signing means, see this paragraph from MLS’ official press release: “Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas that is dedicated to developing exceptional domestic talent in the U.S. and Canada in a professional environment. Each year, a handful of top domestic collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players are signed by the league and placed in the SuperDraft. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.”

On behalf of everyone involved in SAAC, we wish Adonijah the best of luck on his next journey with the MLS. For the full press release via MLS, click here.

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