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MLS Focus: Homegrown players face stiff competition
by Paul Kennedy, February 17th, 2017 4:25AM
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TAGS:  d.c. united, fc dallas, mls, new york red bulls


The 2017 season marks the 10th year of MLS's Homegrown program that began with the LA Galaxy's signing of Tristan Bowen.

D.C. United leads all clubs in Homegrown appearances and is one of three teams along with FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls whose Homegrown players who played a combined 300 or more MLS regular-season games. Even though it folded in 2014, Chivas USA ranks 11th among MLS teams in the number of HG appearances.

Both FC Dallas and the Red Bulls have 10 Homegrown products on 2017 rosters. Real Salt Lake is third with eight.

D.C. United is projected to start midfielder Ian Harkes, while the same goes for right back Nick Lima at San Jose. Harkes and Lima, both four-year collegians, are among 20 new Homegrown players registered for the 2017 season.

In all, 15 Homegrown players are projected to start this season, but it remains difficult for young players to break into MLS. Armed with Targeted Allocation Money, club have signed 45 foreign players -- 13 at expansion teams Atlanta United and Minnesota United -- who are projected to start in 2017 but weren't in the league last season.

Andy Najar, DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Miazga are the best examples of Homegrown players whom MLS clubs have sold for transfer fees, but a majority of 22 former HG players playing abroad moved as free agents.

Note: Bold players projected to start in 2017.

D.C. United (350 MLS games)
160 Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
79 Ethan White (New York City)
15 Collin Martin (Minn. United)
4 Jalen Robinson (D.C. United)
0 Chris Durkin (D.C. United)
0 Ian Harkes (D.C. United-2017 signing)
82 Andy Najar (Anderlecht/BEL)
5 Conor Shanosky (Richmond Kickers)
5 Michael Seaton (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR)

FC Dallas (329 MLS games)
94 Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas)
81 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
51 London Woodberry (New England Revolution)
17 Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
5 Coy Craft (FC Dallas)
2 Aaron Guillen (FC Dallas)
0 Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas-2017 signing)
0 Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas-2017 signing)
0 Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas)
0 Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas-2017 signing)
31 Moises Hernandez (Comunicaciones/GUA)
26 Ruben Luna (no club)
9 Bryan Leyva (no club)
8 Alejandro Zendejas (Guadalajara/MEX)
4 Danny Garcia (San Antonio FC)
4 Jonathan Top (no club)
1 Bradlee Baladez (no club)
0 Richard Sanchez (Tigres/MEX)

New York Red Bulls (310 MLS games)
129 Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)
73 Connor Lade (NY Red Bulls)
35 Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls)
27 Alex Muyl (NY Red Bulls)
1 Tyler Adams (NY Red Bulls)
1 Brandon Allen (NY Red Bulls)
1 Derrick Etienne (NY Red Bulls)
0 Arun Basuljevic (NY Red Bulls-2017 signing)
0 Evan Louro (NY Red Bulls-2017 signing)
0 Adam Najem (Philadelphia Union-2017 signing)
34 Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED)
7 Matt Kassel (no club)
2 Amando Moreno (Tijuana/MEX)
0 Scott Thomsen (Orlando City B)
0 Santiago Castano (no club)
0 Giorgi Chirgadze (no club)
0 Mael Corboz  (Duisburg/GER)
0 Sacir Hot (no club)
0 Chris Thorsheim (Nykobing FC/DEN)

New England Revolution (278 MLS games)
152 Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)
121 Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution)
5 Zachary Herivaux (New England Revolution)

LA Galaxy (258 MLS games)
107 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
57 Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy)
19 Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy)
12 Jack McBean (LA Galaxy)
9 Raul Mendiola (LA Galaxy)
0 Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy-2017 signing)
50 Tristan Bowen (AFC Eskilstuna/SWE)
4 Oscar Sorto (Orange County SC)

Toronto FC (253 MLS games)
95 Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
28 Jay Chapman (Toronto FC)
17 Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC)
16 Molham Babouli (Toronto FC)
0 Sergio Camargo (Toronto FC)
70 Doneil Henry (West Ham United/ENG)
17 Matt Stinson (Vaughan Azzurri)
4 Oscar Cordon (Woodbridge Strikers)
4 Nicholas Lindsay (York Region Shooters)
2 Keith Makubuya (no club)
0 Josh Janniere (no club)
0 Quillan Roberts (no club)
0 Manuel Aparicio (Ordenes)
0 Chris Mannella (no club)
0 Quillan Roberts (no club)

Columbus Crew (213 MLS games)
93 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
27 Matt Lampson (Chicago Fire)
1 Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew)
0 Alex Crognale (Columbus Crew-2017 signing)
50 Chad Barson (no club)
41 Ben Speas (Indy Eleven)
1 Aaron Horton (no club)
0 Ross Friedman (no club)
0 Kyle Hyland  (OKC Energy FC)
0 Matt Walker (no club)
0 Matt Wiet (no club)

Real Salt Lake (170 MLS games)
75 Donny Toia (Orlando City)
48 Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)
35 Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)
9 Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)
0 Lalo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake)
0 Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake)
0 Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake-2017 signing)
0 Ricardo Velazco (Real Salt Lake)
3 Phanuel Kavita (no club)
0 Nico Muniz (no club)
0 Benji Lopez (Santos)
0 Fito Ovalle (Sambenedettese/ITA)

Vancouver Whitecaps (162 MLS games)
102 Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps)
8 Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps)
4 Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps)
0 Ben McKendry (Vancouver Whitecaps)
16 Sam Adekugbe (Brighton & Hove Albion/ENG)
15 Kianz Froese (Fortuna Dusseldorf/GER)
12 Brian Sylvestre (North Carolina FC)
3 Ethen Sampson (no club)
2 Caleb Clarke (FC Amberg/GER)
0 Bryce Alderson (no club)
0 Marco Carducci (no club)
0 Philippe Davies (Longueuil)

Montreal Impact (155 MLS games)
45 Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal Impact)
19 Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact)
1 Louis Beland-Goyette (Montreal Impact)
1 David Choiniere (Montreal Impact)
0 Maxime Crepeau (Montreal Impact)
0 Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (Montreal Impact-2017 signing)
44 Maxim Tissot (no club)
38 Karl Ouimette (San Francisco Deltas)
7 Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (AS Vitre/FRA)
0 Zakaria Messoudi (Odd/NOR)

Chivas USA (143 MLS games)

85 Marky Delgado (Toronto FC)
8 Caleb Calvert (Colorado Rapids)
20 Gerson Mayen (Santa Tecla/SAL)
18 Josue Soto (Cimarrones de Sonora/MEX)
12 Bryan de la Fuente (FC Shirak/ARM)
0 Cesar Zamora (no club)

Chicago Fire (138 MLS games)
93 Harry Shipp (Seattle Sounders)
14 Joey Calistri (Chicago Fire)
7 Patrick Doody (Chicago Fire)
3 Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)
0 Drew Conner (Chicago Fire)
0 Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire-2017 signing)
17 Chris Ritter (no club)
4 Victor Pineda (Orange County SC)
0 Kellen Gulley (no club)

Seattle Sounders (137 MLS games)
34 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
25 Aaron Kovar (Seattle Sounders)
8 Sean Okoli (New York City)
0 Henry Wingo (Seattle Sounders-2017 signing)
0 Seyi Adekoya (Seattle Sounders-2017 signing)
56 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG)
11 Darwin Jones (Tampa Bay Rowdies)
3 Victor Mansaray (FC Cincinnati)
0 Jordan Schweitzer (Orlando City B)

Colorado Rapids (107 MLS games)
52 Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids)
0 Kortne Ford (Colorado Rapids-2017 signing)
0 Ricardo Perez (Colorado Rapids-2017 signing)
52 Shane O'Neill (NAC Breda/NED)
3 David Armstrong (Colorado Springs Switchbacks)

Sporting Kansas City (80 MLS games)
63 Kevin Ellis (Sporting KC)
10 Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC)
0 Daniel Salloi (Sporting KC)
7 Jon Kempin (no club)

Houston Dynamo (69 MLS games)
55 Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo)
0 Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo)
13 Alex Dixon (no club)
1 Francisco Navas Cobo (no club)
0 Bradley Bourgeois (no club)
0 Sebastien Ibeagha (San Antonio FC)
0 Memo Rodriguez (Rio Grande Valley FC Toros)
0 Bryan Salazar (no club)

San Jose Earthquakes (47 MLS games)

47 Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
0 Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes-2017 signing)

Philadelphia Union (35 MLS games)
0 Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)
0 Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union)
30 Zach Pfeffer (no club)
3 Jimmy McLaughlin (FC Cincinnati)
2 Cristhian Hernandez (no club)

Orlando City SC (33 MLS games)
20 Tommy Redding (Orlando City)
6 Harrison Heath (Atlanta United)
0 Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City)
7 Tyler Turner (no club)

Portland Timbers (6 MLS games)
0 Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers-2017 signing)
6 Brent Richards (Reno 1868)
0 Steven Evans (Portland Timbers)

Atlanta United (first year)
0 Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United-2017 signing)
0 Chris Goslin (Atlanta United-2017 signing)

Note: New York City and Minnesota United have signed no Homegrown players.

  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 8:02 a.m.
    USDA is setting false expectations for Academy players by telling them it's a pathway to professional when in fact it's a pathway for less than 1% of players of which less than 1/2 of that 1% will make it.. one cannot blame the pro teams because it's a business and winning means more sales.. as far as young talents who are not selected life goes on you still have the college option.. you give it your best shot now move on like the rest of us..
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
    It is a pathway to the pro ranks. Of course you have to be good enough but everyone knows that.
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 9:51 a.m.
    If everyone knows that then we should not be having this conversation. Right ?
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.
    We shouldn't - but you chose to post something obvious so here we are...
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.
    We're starting to get more guys signing out at age 18, which is essential. Having guys waste four key development years in NCAA ball is sub-optimal. The college route is great for guys who aren't good enough to be pros because you get a college education but for elite players it's a waste. Imagine Pulisic spending this year as a freshman in college ball!
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.
    There are always exceptions to the rule but when an organization like USDA is producing less than 1% of what it is advertising and recommending it, it's Fake News.. The USDA have cornered and customized the market to the point where almost every player looks the same on the field. There are no individual and independent thinking because kids are confined to a robotic type system.. Players who can get out of that box and excel are players who parents understand the game and spend time coaching their kids, sending them overseas to camps and breaking the norm by playing pickup games any an everywhere similar to what Beckham, Neymar and a host of other players did.. I really don't get why people are not seeing this.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 1:48 p.m.
    Sounds like your kid played DA and you assumed that meant he would become the American Messi and now that reality has hit you are blaming the DA.
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 2:23 p.m.
    Fire why do you assume that? And if his kid did pkay DA that only means he knows more of what he is talking about, doesnt it? Sounds like you have an investment in DA and "have" to promote it as thr next best thing. Truth is ive seen the same thing similar to what QB is talking about. DA, at the very least is promoted as the highest form of development and coaching in Usa and that is simply not true. What we have right now isnt even a path to pros with mentality we have as far as development. 1% or less are numbers you can get from any rec league for going pro. Less that 1% from whats supposed to be our highest level are terrible numbers. Im interested to know how much higher Mls numbers are compared to nonMLS DAs and then compare those to nonDA numbers. I think many wiuld be surprised. Only in Usa do we have Pro Academies competing toe to toe with amateur youth clubs. In no other countries do you see this being played.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 2:39 p.m.
    He said on another thread that his son plays DA. Now you know what is interesting Tom? You criticize me for assuming something (wrongly because in fact I didn't assume it) but then go on to list a bunch of incorrect assumptions about me. You are telling me 1% of players from most rec leagues become pros? That obviously isn't correct. DA may be flawed and need adjustments but it is in fact the highest level of youth soccer in the US at the moment. I have no stake in it whatsoever.
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 3:03 p.m.
    Fire, it seems like you like to follow me but I have my own 2 canines at home and don't need another.. Also it seems like you are trying to always protect these organizations and clubs from their own failures.. I am guessing you probably in bed with them.. right Lola Sorry I meant Fire ?
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 17, 2017 at 10:48 p.m.
    Ill put money on the fact that most Hispanic players that end up on Liga MX teams played in Hispanic leagues which are often not considered travel and very much rec. At the very least thats where these players do most of their development then go to a DA for 1-2 years so that DA club can claim they developed him. It is recognized as the highest level. Thats for sure. Not quite sure it is the case though. No way of knowing unless nonDAs get a chance to play DA clubs regularly which is very frowned upon by the federation.
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 18, 2017 at 12:10 a.m.
    As we speak Team World beat Team Usa in basketball tonight and was hands down better team with better players. Proof that developing in pro/rel system develops better players. But lets hear from you pro DA people how soccer is so different from basketball.
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: February 18, 2017 at 1:37 a.m.
    I'm not really a DA advocate, but lets start with this. College basketball = good training for future professionals, college soccer = bad training for future professionals. DA soccer ~ = to high school basketball development, except with 4x the travel.
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 18, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.
    R2, most nba players are fully prepared/developed to play in the nba by age 18 which is usually by end of H.S. 1 or 2 years of college help but not determining factor. They could get close to same or similar college development in another league. These players are mostly developed before college. Our problem is we continue to blame college for underdeveloping when the fact is that many Soccer players debut at age 17-19 throughout the world. Our DA is no no where close to developing players like that because of flawed system that doesnt compensate clubs to do so.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 19, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.
    I'm in favor of pro-rel but wouldn't read anything into an all-star game where several of the world players actually developed in the US system. The score was 150-141, that's not a real basketball game. Personally, I think the US team has better players. Also several of the world players are older because they are first/second year NBA players but came over later while the US guys are basically all 20 or under. For instance, Dario Saric is a 22 year old "rookie". The DA isn't the finished product yet. Patience!
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 19, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.
    Yes I understand all that but just 5-10 years ago we wouldnt have seen such an even game in thats same allstar game. Nba has more and more foreign born players every year. Does that also not matter? Point is the world is catching up to us in basketball at an accelerated pace and we are not even close to even keeping up with most of the world in soccer. You must have never been to a Europe, South American, mexican Academy to compare with ours. The systems are completely night and day. There is constant competition in those countries on all levels. Pay to play is not even a thought. Its all investment from the clubs for an expected return. Everyone is accountable for results. No where near close. What are we waiting for yo see that?
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 20, 2017 at 9:54 a.m.
    What does basketball have to do with anything? Not that you proved anything with your reference to a meaningless all-star game. Plus, as I mentioned, several of the "world" players were developed in the US system. Are you talking about amateur DA clubs or the academies of MLS teams? I'm not sure why you would expect either to be like a top European academy. MLS academies will hopefully reach that level in the future but they've only been around a few years. These things take time and your expectations are unreasonable.
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 18, 2017 at 9:17 p.m.
    NBA teams do not like players straight from High School because they are too immature they prefer players that are groomed.. on the flip side colleges like HS players from private schools because they usually come from a more disipline coaching system. College soccer is only going to improve most D1 schools are putting an entire training staff around the sport. Me personally given the fact that MLS pays next to nothing for college draft players I prefer kids who already committed to college stay in college.. I have seen too many broken players making a living coaching because they did not make it pro.. one can only try so much but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush..
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 18, 2017 at 10:05 p.m.
    Agreed. All i meant was that skill wise basketball players are prepared by age 18. In soccer in Usa we use the excuse that college is what hinders development when in fact we are way behind at age 18, before college, from other countries. Hence, development wise, our DA system is no where near where its supposed to be, much less where it claims it is. World Class.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 19, 2017 at 10:31 a.m.
    As usual, Mr. TD your comments are not supported by reality. NCAA ball has a smaller role in player development than it did 10 years ago and that will hopefully only continue. It's a terrible place for elite players to develop. It's not for future pros.
  1. Tom Car
    commented on: February 19, 2017 at 4:52 p.m.
    I would say, Academy is a bad place to develop as well. No real difference from College.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: February 20, 2017 at 9:56 a.m.
    Academy is HS age kids so what does college have to do with it? It isn't an either/or. At age 18, the kids who are good enough can turn pro and the ones who aren't going to make it as pros can hopefully play NCAA ball and get some money off the cost of their tuition.

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