AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron men's soccer freshman Jonathan Lewis (Plantation, Fla.) was rewarded for his stellar campaign when Major League Soccer recently announced the 2017 Generation adidas class, confirming the signing of six talented NCAA underclassmen joining professional ranks through the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, on Jan. 13 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Lewis is a member of a talented 2017 class that also includes; UCLA stars Abu Danladi and Jackson Yueill, Syracuse defender Miles Robinson and Canadian youth internationals Shamit Shome (FC Edmonton) and Adonijah Reid (ANB Futbol).
"Jonathan had a great year and we couldn't be prouder of how he developed as a player and person during his time at Akron," Akron head coach Jared Embick commented. "We look forward to watching him further develop in the MLS!"
Lewis, the 2016 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, scored a pair of goals in 2016 and led Akron in assists (12), scoring (16) and shots on goal (21), while ranking third on the team in shots (44). His 12 assists were tied as the top mark nationally across the NCAA in Division I.
Lewis is a member of the US Under-20 national team camp called in preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas that sees a handful of top collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players signed by MLS to Generation adidas contracts and made available in the SuperDraft. 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 22 professional clubs. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.
Lewis becomes the 11th University of Akron men's soccer standout to garner a Generation adidas contract.