Vancouver signs U-17 keeper from residency program

[MLS HOMEGROWN WATCH] The Vancouver Whitecaps signed 17-year-old goalkeeper Marco Carducci from the Whitecaps Residency program to a Homegrown player contract, giving the club five Homegrown players on its current roster.

“We’re very excited to add Marco to the first team,” Whitecaps FC coach Carl Robinson said in a club statement. “Marco is a product of our youth development setup and we’re confident that he is ready to make the next step. He is a promising young goalkeeper who is mature beyond his years.”

Carducci, Canada's U-17 keeper, joins Sam Adekugbe, Bryce Alderson, Caleb Clarke and Russell Teibert as academy signings.

2014 Homegrown Class:
TEAM: PLAYER (TEAM, YEAR)
Chicago: M Harrison Shipp (Notre Dame, sr.)
Chicago: M Chris Ritter (Northwestern, sr.)
Columbus: D Ross Friedman (Harvard, sr.)
Columbus: M Matt Walker (Xavier, sr.)
D.C. United: D Jalen Robinson (Wake Forest, soph.)
LA Galaxy: M Raul Mendiola (LA Galaxy Acad.)
LA Galaxy: F Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy Acad., h.s.)
Portland: D Brian Gallego (Akron, jr.)
Real Salt Lake: M Jordan Allen (Virginia, fr.)
San Jose: M Tommy Thompson (Indiana, fr.)
Seattle: M Aaron Kovar (Stanford, soph.)
Seattle: F Sean Okoli (Wake Forest, jr.)
Toronto FC: F Jordan Hamilton (KIA Toronto FC Senior Acad., h.s.)
Vancouver: GK Marco Carducci (Whitecaps Residency Program, h.s.)
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