Indiana forward Will Bruin and Penn State forward Corey Hertzog signed Generation adidas contracts with Major League Soccer last week, foregoing their final seasons of eligibility. Bruin and Hertzog are now eligible for the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, which is set to take place on Jan. 13 in Baltimore.
Bruin, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and a first-team All-American, racked up 41 points on 18 goals and five assists to lead Indiana to its 12th Big Ten title. Hertzog, a second-team All-American, tied a Big Ten record with 20 goals and posted the second-highest single-season point total in conference history with 46.
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.