AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron men's soccer sophomore Richie Laryea (Toronto, Ontario (Canada)) was rewarded for his stellar campaign when Major League Soccer announced the 2016 Generation adidas class on Wednesday, Jan. 6, confirming the signing of five talented NCAA underclassmen who will enter the professional ranks through the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, on Jan. 14 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Laryea leads a talented 2016 class that also includes; Georgetown defender Josh Yaro, the Big East's 2015 Defensive Player of the Year; Clemson goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, who led the Tigers to the NCAA Men's College Cup final and led the ACC with 84 saves; Syracuse midfielder Julian Buescher, notched eight goals and 11 assists and was named to the College Cup all-tournament team; midfielder Jack Harrison was vital for Wake Forest ending the 2015 season with eight goals and 11 assists en route to garnering 2015 NSCAA First Team All-America accolades.
"Richie has really developed his game in his two years at Akron to the point where the MLS rewarded his efforts with a Generation adidas contract," Akron head coach Jared Embick commented. "He showed this season that he is one of the best players in the country. Playing in the MLS was always a goal he wanted to achieve and we are very happy we could help him achieve this dream. We want thank him for all of his efforts in school and on the field to represent the University of Akron so well. He has made The University of Akron proud and we look forward to seeing him further his career in the MLS."
Laryea started all 22 contests he appeared in for the Zips this fall en route to earning third-team NSCAA All-America and first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors. He registered a team-best 11 goals, while rating second on assists (7), points (29), shots (61), shots on goal (27) and game-winners (3).
Laryea started all 42 games he appeared in during his Akron career, recording 12 goals and nine assists on the strength of 85 shots, including 34 on goal.
Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level by training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 20 professional clubs. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.