IU’s Toye signs GA contract with MLS #iums

Indiana University freshman forward Mason Toye has signed a Generation Adidas deal with Major League Soccer, foregoing his final three seasons of eligibility with the Hoosiers the school announced on Friday.

Toye, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team All-Big Ten, was IU’s leading scorer in 2017 with 10 goals and two assists, including five game-winning scores.

He will now head to the MLS Player Combine in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 11-17 where IU coach Todd Yeagley is among the coaches for the event ahead of the Jan. 19 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

“We are excited for Mason and his opportunity with MLS,” Yeagley said in a release. “Mason played a key role in our success this fall, leading our team in goals and helping us advance to the (national) championship match. He has made incredible strides in his development in his short time at IU. The future is bright for Mason, and we look forward to following all his success.”

Generation Adidas is a joint program between MLS and Adidas which sees a handful of top collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players signed by MLS and made available in the SuperDraft.

Toye, a South Orange, N.J., native, also earned Top Drawer Soccer first team Freshman Best XI honors, as well as first team United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region.

“I’d like to thank Coach Yeagley and the entire staff for helping me grow throughout the season, not only as a player, but as a person,” Toye said in the release. “I became a totally different player after coming to Indiana, and I wouldn’t be in the position I am now without them. The family atmosphere with the alumni and current players made Indiana feel like home. Although this is the right decision for my soccer future, I had mixed emotions leaving my great teammates and coaches. I can’t wait to come back and support the program in the future. I’m definitely a Hoosier for life.”

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