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Omar Holness remains Generation Adidas for 2017

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The Jamaican international and first-year professional will be automatically protected in the MLS Expansion Draft.

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Omar Holness is remaining a Generation Adidas player through 2017, Major League Soccer announced today.

As a result, he’ll remain unavailable for selection in the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft — which is a good thing, really, because in the short minutes he was given, Holness looked a cut above most MLS rookies.

Of course, you can’t talk about Holness without recognizing how his season was rocked by a seizure he suffered on the field in a Real Monarchs game — it kept him out for a three-month period and was truly one of the scariest moments sport can produce.

He ended the season with nine games played, three of which he started. He averaged only 30 minutes played each match, but he did play 90 minutes in two of his three starts.

Seven Generation Adidas players were graduated by MLS, however:

  • Andre Blake (Philadelpha Union)
  • Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps)
  • Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids)
  • Damion Lowe (Seattle Sounders)
  • Schillo Tshuma (Drafted by Portland Timbers, now with Saint Louis FC)
  • Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)
  • Romario Williams (Montreal Impact)

And the full list of nine GA players remaining is here, too:

  • Alex Bono (Toronto FC)
  • Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC)
  • Julian Buescher (DC United)
  • Jack Harrison (New York City FC)
  • Fabian Herbers (Philadelphia Union)
  • Omar Holness (Real Salt Lake)
  • Richmond Laryea (Orlando City SC)
  • Andrew Tarbell (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • Joshua Yaro (Philadelphia Union)