Generation adidas players to graduate at season's end

Shea, 10 others to start counting against teams' salary budget

NEW
YORK – The conclusion of the 2010 MLS season will mark the graduation day for 11
players who came into MLS as part of the Generation adidas program.

Generation
adidas contracts provide the opportunity for players to leave college early and
continue to develop their soccer careers in MLS. The salaries of these players
are greater than the league minimum and the players are also provided
educational funds should they decide to return to school. Their salaries also do
not count against a club’s salary budget, allowing teams to afford them time to
develop.

As
Generation adidas graduates, the following players will begin to count against
their clubs’ salary budgets in 2011, an important consideration as teams begin
building their rosters for next season:

Eric
Avila (FC Dallas), Nico Colaluca (New England Revolution), Roger Espinoza
(Kansas City), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Bruno Guarda (FC Dallas), Baggio
Husidic (Chicago Fire), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC), Chance Myers (Kansas City),
Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake), Ciaran O’Brien (Colorado Rapids), and Brek Shea (FC
Dallas).

Graduates
from the program could be made available for selection in the MLS Expansion
Draft on Nov. 24 unless placed on a club’s protected list.

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