MLS Moves: Quakes sign 15-year-old defender Jacob Akanyirige

The San Jose Earthquakes signed their first player ever directly from their academy when they inked 15-year-old defender Jacob Akanyirige to a pro contract.

Akanyirige is the third youngest player in MLS after Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City) and George Bello (Atlanta United) and the eighth youngest to ever sign an MLS contract. He was born Dec. 31, 2001, making him one day too old to be eligible for the U.S. U-17 national team on which Busio and Bello play.

Akanyirige joined the Quakes' academy last season from Pleasanton’s Ballistic United SC. He has been playing this season with the U-19s.

“Jacob has shown an incredible amount of potential at such a young age,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We challenged him to play above his age this year and were impressed by his maturity and technical abilities. We are confident he will continue to develop with regular first-team training exposure.”

The other San Jose HG players are Tommy Thompson (Indiana), Nick Lima (California) and recently signed JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown) all played at least one season of college ball.

Akanyirige older sister, Precious, played for 2017 NCAA Division I women's quarterfinalist Baylor.
7 comments about "MLS Moves: Quakes sign 15-year-old defender Jacob Akanyirige".
  1. frank schoon, December 16, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.

    If the MLS wants to invest in this kid then send him away and place him with a club in Argentina, for example, for the next 3 years or so and allow to be trained and learn to play everyday with players who can really handle a ball. It is a waste of good time to let him be trained by an MLS Academy club as you can see the workmanship of the products from the Academies in the NCAA men's soccer Championship

  2. Right Winger, December 18, 2017 at 4:11 p.m.

    Frank, I don't even understand why anyone would think this is a good move for this kid.  If this kid is this good and has that much potential at age 15 what good is the MLS going to do him?  In my humble opinion the MLS is the WWE of soccer.  Knock em down and drag em out.

  3. frank schoon replied, December 19, 2017 at 9:56 a.m.

    Amen, FAN, exactly... remember Freddie Adu.

  4. Bob Ashpole, December 19, 2017 at 4:16 p.m.

    Minors cannot transfer to foreign countries. They must have a passport before they can transfer. Of course the rules are bent for Europe so kids can freely transfer within the EU.

  5. Right Winger, December 19, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.

    What happened to Adu should be a case study on how not to handle our youth.  

  6. R2 Dad, December 20, 2017 at 10:33 a.m.

    I'm not understanding, thought in the US you had to be 18 to sign a contract. So what is it that he's commited to? Even in the EU you have to be 16 to "sign".

  7. frank schoon, December 20, 2017 at 11:41 a.m.

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