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Griffin Dorsey signs Generation Adidas contract

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The sophomore forward will forego his final two years in Bloomington to pursue a career in Major League Soccer. He’s already projected to be a top ten selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Dorsey (14) celebrates a goal with teammates. The sophomore was a consensus All-American in 2018.
Auston Matricardi

On Friday IU announced that sophomore forward Griffin Dorsey has signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer, foregoing his final two years of eligibility to begin his pro career.

As a sophomore, Dorsey scored five goals and assisted on five others. After the season he was named an All-American by multiple outlets. As a member of the 2019 Generation Adidas class Dorsey joins other top underclassmen and youth national team players that will be made available during this season’s MLS SuperDraft.

”Griffin has worked really hard to earn this opportunity to sign with Major League Soccer as a member of their 2019 Generation Adidas program,” Indiana head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley said. “He has a tremendous future ahead and we know he will represent IU Soccer very well as he continues along his soccer journey.”

Dorsey was also a standout as a freshman. He scored three goals and tacked on six assists in 2017 on his way to being named to a pair of national All-Freshman teams as well as second-team All-Big Ten.

”Unfortunately, it is time for me to move on from IU and pursue my dream of being a professional soccer player,” Dorsey said. “I’d first like to thank my teammates who have made these two seasons something to remember. I would like to thank coach Yeagley and Robson for getting me to this amazing program, while also thanking the rest of the amazing coaching and training staff. Without all of you, none of this would be possible and I wouldn’t be the player I am today. Last but not least, I would like to thank the academic staff, including my professors and academic support staff, for helping me grow as a person and supporting me along the way. IU has given me so many opportunities and memories that I will cherish forever. Forever a Hoosier!”

This is the second year in a row that the Hoosiers have had a player sign a Generation Adidas contract. In the 2018 SuperDraft Dorsey’s classmate Mason Toye did so and was selected seventh overall by Minnesota United FC. Like Toye before him, it appears as if Dorsey could be a top ten selection, as he’s being projected to be selected between the sixth and eighth selections across multiple outlets.