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MLS SuperDraft Preview: Generation Adidas players lead midfield contingent

This is perhaps the deepest position at this year's SuperDraft.

Omar Holness is one of seven Generation Adidas players in this year's draft.
Omar Holness is one of seven Generation Adidas players in this year's draft.
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There tends to be a gluttony of MLS-ready midfielders the SuperDraft, and this year's edition is no different. There are small school gems, Generation Adidas players and some with youth national team experience available.

While the New England Revolution need a holding midfielder, there will undoubtedly be a talented player available to them at #10. Whether they pick one is an entirely different predicament. Anywho, five notable options in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft are below.

1.) Omar Holness

A Generation Adidas signing from the University of North Carolina, Holness has been capped by the Jamaican national team and wrecked havoc as a Tar Heel. His stats don't exactly jump off the page, and they also won't need to when he's playing in MLS's 2016 season.

All it takes is one look at the below video to realize Holness is a true talent. MLS scouts and coaches have long been waiting for him to depart the college ranks, and he has as bright a future as anyone in this draft.

2.) Jack Harrison

Wake Forest was one of the best teams in college soccer this past year, and the England-born Harrison was a big part of that success. He found the back of the net eight times, tallied 11 assists and won the 2015 Gatorade National Boy's Soccer Player of the Year after a storied career at the Berkshire School.

Pundits aren't sure whether he'll become a box-to-box midfielder, inverted winger, attacking mid or just all out offensive presence. The First Team All-American will have plenty of time to discover his best position, though, as he's only a freshman.

He's also a Generation Adidas player, and the below video is from his high school years. That's how green and talented Harrison is.

3.) Richie Laryea

Akron University has lost some of its notoriety since Caleb Porter departed to coach the Portland Timbers, but they still possess some of college soccer's best talent. Look no further than Laryea, a sophomore who exploded this past season to the tune of 11 goals and seven assists.

The Canada-born midfielder is a Generation Adidas player and scouts rave about his explosiveness, passing ability and shooting instincts. Do yourself a favor and click on the below video. My word, son, what a strike.

4.) Julian Buescher

This Generation Adidas player sits deep, circulates possession, breaks up attacks and does all the little things that add up over the course of a game.

The German native only just completed his sophomore season and is more than ready to make the next jump. As Matt Doyle notes below, he's often the best player on the field and honestly doesn't stand out unless you're looking for him (think of Scott Caldwell's presence)

That's a sign of an elite holding midfielder, as their work is industrious instead of flashy.

5.) Patrick Hodan

Hodan hails from Notre Dame University and accumulated 29 goals and 19 assists across his four seasons. He's technical and creative, but sometimes lacks the bite and fire that MLS midfielders thrive upon.

Regardless of those downfalls, Hodan will find a role in MLS and has the pedigree to back up the hype that surrounds him.