Youth Movement: A look at 2020 MLS Homegrown signings (no college)

FC Cincinnati's signing of Beckham Sunderland, the son of the club's director of player development, as its first Homegrown Player signing out of its academy program brings to 54 the number of players whom MLS clubs have signed to Homegrown Player contracts in 2020 and who didn't attend college.

Even if you exclude the 11 Canadians, that is a huge number of players who have been taken out of the college circuit, and that doesn't include players who have headed directly to Europe from MLS or other U.S. academies. Or players like Sebastian Berhalter, the son of U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter, and Aidan Morris, who left college after their freshman seasons last fall at North Carolina and Indiana to sign Homegrown deals.

Most of the 54 players were signed to their first pro contracts, though a handful had previously signed USL contracts and were playing on MLS second teams. Eight players -- including Paxten Aaronson, the younger brother of Brenden Aaronson -- will turn pro in 2021.

The two players who have played the most minutes -- by a wide margin -- are D.C. United's Dominican-American Kevin Paredes and FC Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann, who turned down a football scholarship at Clemson to sign at MLS contract.

Just six players have played more than 100 minutes. LAFC's Christian Torres (photo) joined the group when he started for LAFC on Wednesday at Vancouver.



Atlanta United
. George Campbell (46), *Efrain Morales, Tyler Wolff (118).
Chicago. Chris Brady (0), Javier Casas (0), Brian Gutierrez (26), Alex Monis (0), Allan Rodriguez (0), Nicholas Slonina (0).
FC Cincinnati. Zico Bailey (61), Beckham Sunderland (0).
Colorado
. Will Vint (0).
FC Dallas.
Carlos Avilez (0), Justin Che (0), Tanner Tessmann (773).
D.C. United. Moses Nyeman (305), Kevin Paredes (991).
Houston. *Juan Castilla, Marcelo Palomino (13), *Daniel Rios.
LAFC. Erik Duenas (0), Bryce Duke (153), Tony Leone (0), Christian Torres (114).
LA Galaxy. Eric Lopez (0), Cameron Dunbar (82), Johnny Perez (0).
Minn, United. Fred Emmings (0)
Montreal. Keesean Ferdinand (0), Tomas Giraldo (0), Jonathan Sirois (0).
New England. Damian Rivera (0).
NYCFC. Tayvon Gray (0).
NY Red Bulls. John Tolkin (0).
Orlando City. Jordan Bender (1), Michael Halliday (0).
Philadelphia. *Paxten Aaronson, Jack de Vries (12), *Nathan Harriel, *Jack McGlynn, Cole Turner (3).
Real Salt Lake. *Bode Davis, Chris Garcia (1).
San Jose. Emi Ochoa (0), Casey Walls (0).
Seattle. Josh Atencio (10), Ethan Dobbelaere (0), Shandon Hopeau (69).
Sporting KC. John Pulskamp (0).
Toronto FC. Rocco Romeo (0), Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (0), Jayden Nelson (90), *Jordan Perruzza, Ralph Priso (0).
Vancouver. Isaac Boehmer (0), Patrick Metcalfe (0), Damiano Pecile (0).
*Contract to take effect in 2021.


Top 10: Youngest MLS signings (2020)

1. Emmanuel Ochoa (San Jose), 15
2. Erik Duenas (LAFC), 15
3. Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (Toronto FC), 15
4. Allan Rodriguez (Chicago), 16
5. Tony Leone (LAFC), 16,
6. Christian Torres (LAFC), 16 (3 games)
7. Chris Brady (Chicago), 16
8. Justin Che (FC Dallas), 16
9. Moses Nyeman (D.C. United), 16 (5 games)
10. Keesean Ferdinand (Montreal), 16
Note: Ranked by current age.

Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications