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Kempin signing wraps up record month on home-grown front
by Paul Kennedy, August 31st, 2010 11PM

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[MLS] The Kansas City Wizards completed the heaviest month for the signing of homegrown players as they inked 17-year-old goalie Jon Kempin to a Generation Adidas contract. He is the sixth MLS academy player signed in August.

Prior to joining the Wizards Juniors academy, Kempin played club soccer for the KC Legends, Blue Valley Stars and KCFC Alliance club teams. He also spent time in the U.S. U-17 residency program.

Kempin attends Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan.

"This a dream come true,” Kempin said. “It’s an exciting time for the Wizards organization and I feel blessed to be the team’s first homegrown player. I’m also really looking forward to learning under Jimmy Nielsen. He’s had a great season and he’s definitely one of the top keepers in Major League Soccer.”

The Wizards are the 10th MLS team to sign an academy player. Every team but Columbus, New England, Philadelphia, Real Salt Lake, San Jose and Seattle have signed one player.

Of the 18 academy signings, nine have taken place this summer. Five players have made their MLS debuts, and two -- Andy Najar of D.C. United and Tristan Bowen of Los Angeles -- are first-team regulars.

HOME-GROWN PLAYERS (by club)

FC Dallas (4)
Bryan Leyva
Moises Hernandez
Ruben Luna
Victor Ulloa

D.C. United (3)
Bill Hamid
Andy Najar
Conor Shanosky

Houston (2)
Tyler Deric
Francisco Navas Cobo

Chivas USA (2)
Cesar Zamora   
Bryan de la Fuente

New York (2)
Giorgi Chirgadze
Juan Agudelo

Los Angeles (1)
Tristan Bowen

Colorado (1)
Davy Armstrong

Toronto (1)
Doneil Henry

Chicago (1)
Victor Pineda

Kansas City (1)
Jon Kempin



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