HOW ACQUIRED: Signed a Generation adidas contract Jan. 21, 2021, selected No. 3 overall in the MLS SuperDraft
Mayaka was born in Kenya and came to the United States at the Montverde Academy in Florida, the same school Rapids forward and 2019 Rookie of the Year winner Andre Shinyashiki starred at. He is best as a defensive midfielder or in a box-to-box role, and the indefatigable yet technical midfielder has drawn comparisons to "Dax McCarty with speed" as well as Latif Blessing and Darlington Nagbe.
COLLEGE: He played an attacking center mid role in 2019 and transitioned to a more defensive role in 2020, helping lead Clemson to an ACC championship. 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year; 2019 MAC Hermann Semifinalist - the only freshman or sophomore named a finalist for the award; 2020 ACC All-Tournament Team