As the MLS media machine begins to rev up for the 2017 Super Draft on January 13th and the announcement of the Generation Adidas Class of 2017, let's take a moment to look back across the years and see what has become of the GA Class of 2012 in the past five years.
In January 2012, nine players were made a part of the Generation Adidas program as they entered the Super Draft held in Kansas City, Missouri on Jan. 12, 2012. In 2016 only 4 of those 9 were seeing regular minutes in MLS with most of the others playing regular or limited minutes in the USL or, in one case, Denmark. All nine of the players are listed below in alphabetical order with a short synopsis of their career. The link below each of the names will take you the feature page created for each of the players in January 2012.
Dom Dwyer (Forward) - 16th Pick in 1st Round by Sporting Kansas City
Dom is one of only two players to remain under contract with the same team for the entire five years. In 2012 Dom struggled to find minutes for the first team despite making the game day 18 man squad a total of 15 times. He played 45 minutes in the first half of a US Open Cup game and twice as a late substitute for a total of 14 minutes in MLS matches.
Following the 2012 MLS season, Dwyer went on trial with St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League club St Mirren in search of playing time. But was brought back soon after and loaned, along with three other teammates, to Orlando City which was part of USL Pro at that point in time. He made an instant impact for the Lions went on to score 19 goals along with a single assist. He also made 10 substitute apperances for Sporting during a brief call-back and at the end of the MLS season.
Dom has been a regular starter in the attack for Sporting Kansas City throughout the 2014 (23 goals, 32 starts), 2015 (12 goals, 29 starts) and 2016 (16 goals, 32 starts) seasons.
Sam Garza (Forward) - 6th Pick in 1st Round by San Jose Earthquakes
Sam struggled for time with the Earthquakes first team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons making six appearances as a late substitute for a total of 100 minutes in 2012 and 5 appearances totaling 91 minutes in 2013. He also made 9 starts and scored two goals for the Earthquakes reserve team in 2013. Garza made one substitue appearance for 10 minutes in the 2014 season before being loaned to the San Anotonio Scorpions in the NASL. He made only two appearances while with the Scorpions and later stated, "...it was one of the worst times of my life. I was not enjoying my football." He was waived by San Jose mid-season in July 2014.
Garza then joined Arizona United FC in USL Pro for the rest of the 2014 season where he caught the eye of Ezra Hendrickson, coach of Seattle Sounders 2. After a stint as a substitute teacher in Texas, Sam joined Seattle Sounders 2 as a trialist and was later signed for the 2015 season. Although making making 24 appearances with 16 starts and 4 goals he was not retained for 2016. Sam join Arizona United again for the 2016 season making 23 appearances for a total of 634 minutes and 2 goals. On 18 November 2016, Sam Garza was named Head Coach of the Marauders at Edward S. Marcus High School where he played while a student from 2005 to 2008.
Chandler Hoffman (Forward) - 13th Pick in 1st Round by Philadelphia Union
Chandler was listed on the Union's game day 18 man roster a total of 15 times in 2012 with 7 appearances and two starts for a total of 206 minutes. He also made two appearances while on loan to the Harrisburg City Islanders in USL Pro totaling another 106 minutes. Before the 2013 MLS season Chandler was traded to the LA Galaxy for a 2014 draft pick. In 2013 Hoffman made 10 appearances with the Galaxy Reserve team scoring 5 goals in 8 starts and 704 minutes. Chandler was loaned to the newly formed LA Galaxy II USL team in 2014 where he made 19 appearances scoring 14 goals with 16 starts. He also made 8 appearances for the parent club as late substitute for a total of 60 minutes.
Hoffman was released by the Galaxy following the 2014 season and was picked up by the Houston Dynamo in the re-entry draft. During the 2015 MLS season he made 5 appearances as a substitute totalling 27 minutes and went out on loan to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in USL when he made 12 appearances with 9 starts and 4 goals. Released by Houston at the end of the 2015 season he then signed with USL side Louisville City for 2016. At Louisville he finally received regular playing time making 31 appearances with 26 starts and 15 goals for a total of 2201 minutes, but was still released by Louisville City. Hoffman has recently signed with Real Monarchs SLC for the 2017 USL season.
Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Defender) - 8th Pick in 1st Round by Portland Timbers
Andrew opened the 2012 with a start against the Philadelphia Union where he scored his first professional goal. He went on to make a total of 5 appearances with four starts and four complete games for the Portland Timbers but also spent time loaned out to the Orange County Blues for most of July and August where he made 8 starts for a total of 720 minutes. During the 2013 season, Andrew was a regular starter play 2052 minutes for the the Timbers making 21 starts in 25 appearances with another goal.
On 12 December 2013 Jean-Baptiste was traded to Chivas USA for Jorge Villafana. During 2014 Andrew missed several months due to a injury but still made 10 apperances for 731 minutes with another two appearances for 136 minutes for the reserve team as he rehabilitated. Chivas USA folded following that season and Andrew was signed by the New York Red Bulls and loaned to their USL side Red Bulls II. During thier 2015 season he made 10 appearances for a total of 800 minutes and also was called in the Haiti national team where he made one appearance for 29 minutes. At the end of the 2015 season he was released by the Red Bulls and moved to Europe playing first for Estralla San Agustin and then Nyköpings BIS in the Danish 1st division.
Enzo Martinez (Midfielder) - 17th pick in 1st Round by Real Salt Lake
Enzo Agustín Martínez Beltrán (Enzo Martinez) struggled for time with RSL throughout 2012 and 2013 and left without any first team appearances and only 10 appearances for 831 minutes with the reserve squad. However during a loan to the NASL Carolina Railhawks in 2013 he made 16 appearances with 9 starts and 3 goals in 868 minutes. Released by RSL after the 2013 season he joined the Carolina Railhawks full time in 2014 where he became a regular with a total of 1514 minutes with 24 appearances, 18 starts and 4 goals.
Released by the Railhawks at the end of the 2014 season he signed with the Charlotte Independence where he continued to see playing time with regular starts throughout the 2015 and 2016 USL seasons. He finished 2014 with 25 appearances and 4 goals in 1484 minutes and 2106 with 29 appearances and 9 goals in 2180 minutes.
Darren Mattocks (Forward) - 2nd Pick in 1st Round by Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Darren Mattocks has remained an active player in MLS since being drafted in 2012. The first four seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps where he made at least 20 starts in each season with a total of 20 goals across the four seasons. Beginning in 2015 he fell out of favor with the staff at Vancouver and was traded early in the 2016 MLS season to the Portland Timbers. In 2016 with the Timbers Darren mad 19 appearances with 12 starts and a single goal. He remains under contract with Portland for the 2017 season.
Darren has also made numerous appearances with the Jamaica national team with a total of 10 goals and 31 caps.
Tyler Polak (Left Back) - 22nd Pick in 2nd Round by New England Revolution
Tyler made only a single 30 appearance for New England in 2012 and was loaned out the the Rochester Rhinos for all of the 2013 season where he made a total of 17 appearances with 2115 minutes and 11 starts. Release by New England at the end of the 2013 season he signed with Minnesota United in the NASL for the 2014 and then 2015 season but still failed to find any regular time on the field with 3 appearances for a total of 98 minutes across both years.
Tyler then signed with FC Cincinnati for 2016 season in the USL. Tyler started every match of the of their record setting year amassing 2579 minutes while becoming a fan favorite and earning a new contract for the 2017 season.
Kelyn Rowe (Midfielder) - 3rd Pick in 1st Round by New England Revolution
Kelyn Rowe is the second player to remain under contract to the same team for all five season since being drafted. He has appeared in at least 30 matches for NEw England in each of those years and averaged 2350 minutes a season. He has scored a total of 28 goals and remains under contract for 2017.
Andrew Wenger (Midfielder) - 1st Pick in 1st Round by Montreal Impact
Andrew spent 2012 and 2013 making regular appearances with the Montreal Impact. He made 23 appearances in 2012 and 25 appearances in 2013 but totalled only 820 and 912 minutes 7 and 9 starts. Early in the 2014 season Wenger was traded to the Phildelphia Union for Jack McInerney. In Philadelphia Andrew became a regular starter with 19 starts in 2014 and 22 in 2015. His minutes also increased to 1834 in 2014 and 1726 in 2015. However he scored only 6 goals in 2014 and a single goal in 2015 which lead to him being traded to the Houston Dynamo in December of 2015 for allocation money and a 2016 draft pick. In 2016 Andrew made 32 appearances and 24 starts for Houston while scoring six goals in 2063 minutes. He remains under contract with Houston for the 2017 season.