On Thursday, the DI men’s NCAA tournament kicks its first ball of 2016. And MLS is watching.
MLS Headquarters tends to tune in during the Big Dance for cues on players who’ve perhaps gone overlooked during a season most teams spend on obscure streams and the fringes of ESPN3. The tourney offers a chance for a collection of the nation’s best to converge on a single event for what essentially amounts to the biggest MLS trial on the calendar.
Since only seniors are eligible, a decisively small percentage of underclassmen will be lucky enough to garner Generation adidas deals to bypass the eligibility rules and enter the draft outright.
Naturally, there are are a bevy of under-the-radar GA candidates out there. Today, we make it easy for you by pulling out five of the best available to MLS. They might not be the household names you’re used to, but all five are good enough to fight for a spot on an MLS roster this offseason.