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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]

Players

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.

1997

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

1998

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

1999

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

2000

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

2001

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

2002

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

2003

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

2004

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

2005

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

2006

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

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

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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