Homegrown Player Rule (MLS)

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The Homegrown Player Rule is a Major League Soccer program that allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to MLS first-team rosters. Before the creation of the rule in 2008,[1] every player entering Major League Soccer would have to be assigned through one of the existing MLS player allocation processes, such as the MLS SuperDraft.

MLS roster rules allow a team to sign players to contracts similar to Generation Adidas contracts,[2] which do not count against the MLS salary budget and may earn a much higher salary than the league minimum. MLS has since removed this wording from the roster rules.[3] That means homegrown players will not count against the salary budget only if they are registered using supplemental roster slots, but will still count against the salary budget if they are registered using senior roster slots. There is, however, supplementary salary budget made by MLS only for homegrown players that are registered using senior roster slots called homegrown player funds.[4]

To place a player on its homegrown player list, making him eligible to sign as a homegrown player, players must have resided in that club's home territory and participated in the club's youth development system for at least one year, as well as meeting other unspecified league requirements.[5] The restrictions for homegrown players were modified in 2022 to allow clubs to prioritize signing rights of nine non-academy players within their territory. Non-protected players were then allowed to sign with any MLS club without requiring compensation to be paid to another team.[6]

If a player on a team's homegrown list goes to college or U17, U20, and U23 United States men's national soccer teams, he remains eligible to sign as a homegrown player at any time as long as he is registered with the club as a homegrown player first.[7] Since the program's inception, some players have elected to skip years in college to play in MLS academies and sign with senior clubs.[8]

In 2014, Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin became the first MLS homegrown player to compete in a World Cup.[9]

Homegrown territories[edit]

As of 2024, the homegrown territories for most MLS clubs is defined as a 75-mile (121 km) radius around the team's home stadium, with some exceptions when another team is nearby. Certain teams are also granted entire states or portions of adjacent states. San Diego FC is allowed to claim players from Mexico within a driving distance of 62.1-mile (99.9 km) from their training facility.[10]

Homegrown players history[edit]

Notes

Atlanta United FC[edit]

Atlanta United FC homegrown player George Bello is a 2021 MLS All-Star. Bello has earned 7 caps with the USMNT.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Andrew Carleton United States Las Vegas Lights FC 2016
United States Chris Goslin retired 2017
United States Lagos Kunga United States Union Omaha 2017
United States George Bello Austria LASK 2018
Nigeria Patrick Okonkwo 2018
United States George Campbell Canada CF Montréal 2020
United States Jackson Conway United States Charleston Battery 2020
United States Tyler Wolff United States Atlanta United FC 2020
Bolivia Efrain Morales United States Atlanta United FC 2021
South Sudan Machop Chol 2021
United States Bryce Washington United States North Carolina FC 2021
United States Justin Garces United States Atlanta United FC 2022
United States Caleb Wiley United States Atlanta United FC 2022
Trinidad and Tobago Ajani Fortune United States Atlanta United FC 2023
United States Noah Cobb United States Atlanta United FC 2023
United States Luke Brennan United States Atlanta United FC 2024
United States Adyn Torres United States Atlanta United FC 2024
United States Garrison Tubbs United States D.C. United 2024
Jamaica Ashton Gordon United States Atlanta United FC 2025

Austin FC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Owen Wolff United States Austin FC 2021
United States Damian Las[CHI] United States Austin FC 2022
United States Micah Burton United States Austin FC 2024

Charlotte FC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Chris Hegardt[SEA] 2022
United States Brian Romero United States Charlotte FC 2022
United States Nimfasha Berchimas United States Charlotte FC 2023
Canada Brandon Cambridge[VAN] United States Charlotte FC 2023
United States Jack Neeley United States Charlotte FC 2023

Chicago Fire FC[edit]

Chicago Fire FC homegrown Djordje Mihailovic is currently playing for AZ Alkmaar. He has earned 11 caps for the USMNT
Player Current club Year signed
United States Kellen Gulley retired 2012
United States Chris Ritter retired 2014
United States Harry Shipp retired 2014
United States Patrick Doody retired 2015
Peru Collin Fernandez United States Spokane Velocity 2015
United States Joey Calistri retired 2016
United States Drew Conner retired 2016
United States Djordje Mihailovic United States Colorado Rapids 2017
United States Victor Pineda retired 2017
United States Grant Lillard retired 2018
United States Jeremiah Gutjahr retired 2019
United States Andre Reynolds II retired 2019
United States Gabriel Slonina Belgium Eupen 2019
United States Nicholas Slonina retired 2019
United States Chris Brady United States Chicago Fire FC 2020
United States Javier Casas United States Chicago Fire FC 2020
United States Brian Gutiérrez United States Chicago Fire FC 2020
United States Alex Monis United States New England Revolution II 2020
United States Mauricio Pineda United States Chicago Fire FC 2020
United States Allan Rodriguez 2020
United States Victor Bezerra United States Chicago Fire FC 2021
United States Sergio Oregel United States Chicago Fire FC 2021
United States Missael Rodríguez United States Chicago Fire FC 2021
United States Justin Reynolds United States Chicago Fire FC 2023

Chivas USA (defunct)[edit]

Chivas USA homegrown Jorge Villafaña earned 21 caps with the USMNT.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Jorge Villafaña 2007
El Salvador Gerson Mayén El Salvador Águila 2008
United States César Zamora retired 2009
United States Bryan de la Fuente retired 2010
United States Chris Cortez 2011
United States Mark Delgado United States LA Galaxy 2012
United States Caleb Calvert retired 2013

FC Cincinnati[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Zico Bailey[LAG] United States New Mexico United 2020
United States Beckham Sunderland retired 2020
Guatemala Arquimides Ordóñez United States FC Cincinnati 2021
United States Harrison Robledo[NYC] 2022
United States Stiven Jimenez[DC] United States FC Cincinnati 2023
United States Malik Pinto United States FC Cincinnati 2023
United States Paul Walters United States FC Cincinnati 2023
United States Gerardo Valenzuela United States FC Cincinnati 2023

Colorado Rapids[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Davy Armstrong retired 2010
United States Josh Janniere[TOR] retired 2011
United States Dillon Serna United States Colorado Rapids 2 2012
United States Shane O'Neill Canada Toronto FC 2012
United States Kortne Ford 2017
United States Cole Bassett United States Colorado Rapids 2018
United States Sam Vines United States Colorado Rapids 2018
United States Sebastian Anderson United States Colorado Rapids 2019
United States Matt Hundley retired 2019
United States Abraham Rodriguez 2019
United States Michael Edwards[DC] United States Colorado Rapids 2019
Mexico Ricardo Pérez retired 2019
United States Sam Raben retired 2019
United States Will Vint[ATL] 2020
United States Darren Yapi United States Colorado Rapids 2020
United States Oliver Larraz United States Colorado Rapids 2021
United States Dantouma Toure[RBNY] 2021
United States Jackson Travis United States Colorado Rapids 2022
United States Adam Beaudry United States Colorado Rapids 2024

Columbus Crew[edit]

Columbus Crew homegrown Wil Trapp is a 2016 MLS All-Star. He earned 20 caps with the USMNT.
Aidan Morris is a 2023 MLS All-Star. He has earned 4 caps with the USMNT.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Aaron Horton retired 2011
United States Matt Lampson retired 2012
United States Ben Speas retired 2012
United States Chad Barson retired 2013
United States Kyle Hyland retired 2013
United States Wil Trapp United States Minnesota United FC 2013
United States Ross Friedman retired 2014
United States Matt Walker retired 2014
United States Matt Wiet retired 2014
United States Ben Swanson retired 2015
United States Alex Crognale United States Birmingham Legion FC 2017
United States Aboubacar Keita Republic of Ireland Bohemian 2019
United States Sebastian Berhalter Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2020
United States Aidan Morris United States Columbus Crew 2020
United States Isaiah Parente 2021
United States Jake Morris[SEA] United States Louisville City FC 2022
United States Sean Zawadzki United States Columbus Crew 2022
United States Will Sands[NYC] United States Columbus Crew 2022
Canada Jacen Russell-Rowe[TOR] United States Columbus Crew 2022
United States Keegan Hughes United States Columbus Crew 2023
United States Taha Habroune United States Columbus Crew 2024

FC Dallas[edit]

Kellyn Acosta is a 2017 MLS All-Star. He's earned 58 caps with the USMNT, being selected to the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
Jesús Ferreira is a 2x MLS All-Star. In 2022, he was named MLS Young Player of the Year and was selected to the MLS Best XI. He has earned 23 caps with the USMNT, having been selected to the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
In 2021, Ricardo Pepi was named an MLS All-Star and won the MLS Young Player of the Year Award. He has earned 16 caps with the USMNT.
Player Current club Year signed
Mexico Bryan Leyva retired 2009
Mexico Rubén Luna retired 2010
Guatemala Moisés Hernández 2010
Mexico Víctor Ulloa retired 2011
Guatemala Jonathan Top retired 2011
Mexico Richard Sánchez 2011
United States Kellyn Acosta United States Chicago Fire FC 2013
United States Bradlee Baladez retired 2013
United States Coy Craft retired 2013
United States Danny Garcia retired 2013
United States Jesse González retired 2013
United States London Woodberry retired 2013
United States Alejandro Zendejas Mexico América 2015
Mexico Aarón Guillén United States Tampa Bay Rowdies 2016
United States Paxton Pomykal United States FC Dallas 2016
United States Reggie Cannon England Queens Park Rangers 2017
United States Jesús Ferreira United States FC Dallas 2017
United States Bryan Reynolds Belgium Westerlo 2017
United States Jordan Cano retired 2018
United States Kris Reaves retired 2018
United States Thomas Roberts 2018
United States Chris Richards England Crystal Palace 2018
United States Brandon Servania Canada Toronto FC 2018
United States Edwin Cerrillo United States LA Galaxy 2019
United States Ricardo Pepi Netherlands PSV 2019
United States Dante Sealy United States FC Dallas 2019
Mexico Carlos Avilez 2020
United States Justin Che Denmark Brøndby 2020
United States Eddie Munjoma United States Phoenix Rising FC 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina Beni Redžić 2020
United States Tanner Tessmann Italy Venezia 2020
United States Kalil ElMedkhar[PHI] United States Loudoun United FC 2021
United States Collin Smith United States New England Revolution II 2021
United States Antonio Carrera United States FC Dallas 2022
United States Tarik Scott United States FC Dallas 2023
United States Nolan Norris United States FC Dallas 2023
United States Alejandro Urzua United States FC Dallas 2024
United States Malik Henry-Scott United States FC Dallas 2024

D.C. United[edit]

In 2014, Bill Hamid was named an MLS All-Star, named to the MLS Best XI, and won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award.
D.C. United homegrown player Andy Najar was named the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Bill Hamid 2009
United States Conor Shanosky retired 2010
Honduras Andy Najar 2010
United States Ethan White retired 2011
Jamaica Michael Seaton Germany Rot-Weiß Erfurt 2013
United States Jalen Robinson 2014
United States Collin Martin United States North Carolina FC 2014
United States Chris Durkin United States St. Louis City SC 2016
United States Ian Harkes United States New England Revolution 2017
Bolivia Antonio Bustamante Bolivia Aurora 2019
United States Moses Nyeman United States Minnesota United FC 2019
United States Donovan Pines England Barnsley 2019
United States Griffin Yow Belgium Westerlo 2019
United States Kevin Paredes Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2020
El Salvador Jeremy Garay United States D.C. United 2021
United States Jacob Greene United States Columbus Crew 2 2021
United States Ted Ku-DiPietro United States D.C. United 2022
United States Jackson Hopkins United States D.C. United 2022
United States Kristian Fletcher Wales Swansea City 2022
United States Matai Akinmboni United States D.C. United 2022

Houston Dynamo FC[edit]

As of July 19, 2023, Memo Rodríguez has played over 145 MLS matches.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Tyler Deric United States Memphis 901 FC 2009
United States Francisco Navas retired 2010
United States Alex Dixon United States Monterey Bay FC 2011
United States Josue Soto retired 2011
United States Bryan Salazar retired 2009
United States Memo Rodríguez United States Sporting Kansas City 2015
United States Bradley Bourgeois United States FC Tulsa 2016
United States Christian Lucatero retired 2016
Sweden Erik McCue Sweden Örebro SK 2019
United States Marcelo Palomino Sweden AFC Eskilstuna 2019
Colombia Juan Castilla Colombia Deportivo Cali 2021
El Salvador Danny Ríos 2021
United States Brooklyn Raines[RSL] United States Houston Dynamo 2022
Dominican Republic Xavier Valdez[RBNY] United States Houston Dynamo 2022
Nigeria Mujeeb Murana 2023
United States Kieran Sargeant United States Houston Dynamo 2024
United States Sebastian Rodriguez United States Houston Dynamo 2025

Inter Miami CF[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Drake Callender[SJ] United States Inter Miami CF 2020
Dominican Republic Edison Azcona United States Inter Miami CF 2021
United States Ian Fray United States Inter Miami CF 2021
United States Felipe Valencia United States Inter Miami CF 2021
United States Noah Allen United States Inter Miami CF 2022
United States Benjamin Cremaschi United States Inter Miami CF 2023
Haiti Shanyder Borgelin[PHI] United States Inter Miami CF 2023
Honduras David Ruiz United States Inter Miami CF 2023
United States Santiago Morales United States Inter Miami CF 2023
United States Tyler Hall United States Inter Miami CF 2024
Dominican Republic Israel Boatwright United States Inter Miami CF 2024

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Erik Palmer-Brown currently plays for Troyes in Ligue 2. He has earned 4 caps with the USMNT.
Dániel Sallói is a 2021 MLS All-Star. With over 170 appearances, he has more appearances for Sporting Kansas City than any other homegrown player for their organization.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Jon Kempin retired 2010
United States Kevin Ellis retired 2011
United States Erik Palmer-Brown Greece Panathinaikos 2013
Hungary Dániel Sallói United States Sporting Kansas City 2016
United States Jaylin Lindsey United States Charlotte FC 2017
United States Gianluca Busio Italy Venezia 2018
United States Wan Kuzain United States St. Louis City SC 2 2018
United States Matt Lewis United States Detroit City FC 2018
United States Zach Wright retired 2018
United States Cameron Duke United States Crown Legacy FC 2019
United States Tyler Freeman 2019
United States Wilson Harris United States Louisville City FC 2019
United States Felipe Hernández United States Sporting Kansas City 2019
United States John Pulskamp[LAG] United States Sporting Kansas City 2020
United States Grayson Barber 2021
United States Ozzie Cisneros United States Sporting Kansas City 2021
United States Jake Davis United States Sporting Kansas City 2021
United States Kayden Pierre United States Sporting Kansas City 2021
United States Kaveh Rad United States Hartford Athletic 2021
United States Brooks Thompson United States Hartford Athletic 2021

LA Galaxy[edit]

A 2015 MLS All-Star, Gyasi Zardes is the only homegrown player in MLS history to join the MLS 100 goal club. He's earned 66 cap with the USMNT.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Tristan Bowen retired 2009
United States Jack McBean retired 2011
United States Jose Villarreal 2012
United States Oscar Sorto retired 2013
United States Gyasi Zardes United States Austin FC 2013
Mexico Raúl Mendiola United States Central Valley Fuego FC 2014
United States Bradford Jamieson IV retired 2014
Costa Rica Ariel Lassiter Canada CF Montréal 2015
United States Justin Dhillon United States El Paso Locomotive FC 2017
United States Nathan Smith 2017
United States Jaime Villarreal retired 2017
Mexico Efraín Álvarez Mexico Tijuana 2018
United States Hugo Arellano retired 2019
United States Ethan Zubak United States Orange County SC 2019
United States Cameron Dunbar United States Orange County SC 2020
United States Eric Lopez 2020
United States Jonathan Perez United States LA Galaxy 2020
United States Marcus Ferkranus United States LA Galaxy 2021
United States Jalen Neal United States LA Galaxy 2021
United States Adam Saldana 2021
United States Ruben Ramos Jr. United States LA Galaxy 2025
United States Harbor Miller United States LA Galaxy 2025

Los Angeles FC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Shaft Brewer Jr.[DAL] United States North Carolina FC 2018
United States Erik Dueñas United States Los Angeles FC 2020
United States Bryce Duke[RSL] Canada CF Montréal 2020
Mexico Tony Leone 2020
Mexico Christian Torres 2020
El Salvador Tomás Romero[PHI] United States New York City FC 2021
Mexico Nathan Ordaz United States Los Angeles FC 2022
United States Bajung Darboe[MIN] United States Los Angeles FC 2023
United States Diego Rosales 2023

Minnesota United FC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Fred Emmings United States Minnesota United FC 2 2020
Liberia Patrick Weah United States Minnesota United FC 2021
United States Aziel Jackson[RBNY] United States St. Louis City SC 2021
United States Devin Padelford United States Minnesota United FC 2022

CF Montréal[edit]

Maxime Crépeau has earned 15 caps with the Canada Men's National Team.
Player Current club Year signed
Canada Karl Ouimette Canada Atlético Ottawa 2012
Canada Maxime Crépeau United States Portland Timbers 2013
Canada Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé Canada York United FC 2013
Canada Wandrille Lefèvre retired 2013
Canada Zakaria Messoudi retired 2013
Canada Maxim Tissot Canada Atlético Ottawa 2013
Canada Louis Béland-Goyette 2014
Canada Anthony Jackson-Hamel retired 2014
Canada David Choinière Canada Forge FC 2016
Canada Ballou Tabla 2017
Canada Jason Beaulieu retired 2018
Canada Mathieu Choinière Canada CF Montréal 2018
Canada Thomas Meilleur-Giguère Canada Pacific FC 2018
Canada James Pantemis United States Portland Timbers 2018
Canada Clément Bayiha Canada York United FC 2019
Canada Karifa Yao United States Rhode Island FC 2019
Canada Tomas Giraldo Canada HFX Wanderers FC 2020
Canada Keesean Ferdinand United States Portland Timbers 2 2020
Canada Jonathan Sirois Canada CF Montréal 2021
Canada Jean-Aniel Assi United States Crown Legacy FC 2021
Canada Sean Rea 2021
Canada Nathan-Dylan Saliba Canada CF Montréal 2021
Canada Rida Zouhir Canada CF Montréal 2021
Canada Jules-Anthony Vilsaint Canada CF Montréal 2023

Nashville SC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Nick Hinds[SEA] United States El Paso Locomotive FC 2021
United States Ben Martino[PHI] United States Nashville SC 2023
United States Adem Sipić United States Nashville SC 2023
United States Isaiah Jones United States Nashville SC 2024

New England Revolution[edit]

Diego Fagúndez is the first ever MLS homegrown player. He is one of only 13 players in MLS history to record 60 career goals and 60 career assists.
Player Current club Year signed
Uruguay Diego Fagúndez United States LA Galaxy 2010
United States Scott Caldwell United States Real Salt Lake 2013
Haiti Zachary Herivaux United States Tampa Bay Rowdies 2013
Puerto Rico Isaac Angking 2018
Brazil Nicolas Firmino United States Atlanta United FC 2018
United States Justin Rennicks 2019
Costa Rica Damian Rivera United States New England Revolution 2019
England Noel Buck United States New England Revolution 2022
United States Esmir Bajraktarević United States New England Revolution 2022
United States Jack Panayotou United States New England Revolution 2023
United States Santiago Suarez United States New England Revolution 2024
United States Peyton Miller United States New England Revolution 2024
United States Malcolm Fry United States New England Revolution 2024

New York City FC[edit]

A 2021 MLS All-Star, James Sands has earned 13 caps with the UMSNT.
Player Current club Year signed
United States James Sands United States New York City FC 2017
United States Joe Scally Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2018
United States Justin Haak United States New York City FC 2019
Jamaica Tayvon Gray United States New York City FC 2020
United States Andres Jasson United States New York City FC 2020
United States Chris Gloster[RBNY] United States New Mexico United 2021
United States Christian McFarlane United States New York City FC 2021
United States Nico Benalcazar United States FC Cincinnati 2 2022
Mexico Jonathan Jiménez 2022
Ghana Samuel Owusu 2022
United States Maximo Carrizo United States New York City FC 2022
United States Jonny Shore United States New York City FC 2023
United States Drew Baiera United States New York City FC 2023
Chile Zidane Yañez United States New York City FC 2024
United States Alex Rando United States New York City FC 2024

New York Red Bulls[edit]

A 2011 MLS All-Star, Juan Agudelo has earned 28 caps with the USMNT.
Matt Miazga is a 2023 MLS All-Star. He's earned 28 caps with the USMNT.
USMNT captain Tyler Adams was named the 2022 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year. He has earned 36 caps with the national team and was selected to the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
Derrick Etienne wont he 2018 Supporters' Shield with the New York Red Bulls. He has earned 39 caps with the Haiti National Team.
Player Current club Year signed
Georgia (country) Giorgi Chirgadze retired 2010
United States Juan Agudelo United States San Antonio FC 2010
United States Šaćir Hot retired 2011
United States Matt Kassel retired 2011
United States Connor Lade retired 2012
United States Santiago Castaño retired 2013
United States Matt Miazga United States FC Cincinnati 2013
El Salvador Amando Moreno United States El Paso Locomotive FC 2013
United States Sean Davis United States Nashville SC 2015
United States Tyler Adams England AFC Bournemouth 2016
United States Brandon Allen retired 2016
United States Mael Corboz Germany SC Verl 2016
Haiti Derrick Etienne United States Atlanta United FC 2016
United States Alex Muyl United States Nashville SC 2016
United States Scott Thomsen retired 2016
United States Chris Thorsheim retired 2016
United States Arun Basuljevic United States El Paso Locomotive FC 2017
United States Evan Louro United States FC Cincinnati 2017
United States Ben Mines United States Miami FC 2018
United States Kevin Politz retired 2018
United States Omir Fernandez United States Colorado Rapids 2019
Ivory Coast Jean-Christophe Koffi[DC] 2019
United States Caden Clark[MIN] United States Minnesota United FC 2020
United States John Tolkin United States New York Red Bulls 2020
Portugal Bento Estrela United States New York Red Bulls 2021
United States Daniel Edelman United States New York Red Bulls 2022
United States Zach Ryan United States Loudoun United FC 2022
United States Serge Ngoma United States New York Red Bulls 2022
United States Curtis Ofori United States New York Red Bulls 2023
United States Jayden Reid United States New York Red Bulls 2023
United States Peter Stroud United States New York Red Bulls 2023
United States Julian Hall United States New York Red Bulls 2023
United States Davi Alexandre United States New York Red Bulls 2024
Wales Aidan Stokes United States New York Red Bulls 2024
United States Roald Mitchell United States New York Red Bulls 2024

Orlando City SC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Tommy Redding[†] retired 2014
England Harrison Heath[†] retired 2015
United States Tyler Turner[†] retired 2015
United States Mason Stajduhar United States Orlando City SC 2016
United States Cameron Lindley[CHI] United States Indy Eleven 2018
United States Benji Michel Portugal Arouca 2019
United States Michael Halliday United States Orlando City SC 2020
United States David Loera United States Lexington SC 2020
United States Raul Aguilera 2020
United States Jordan Bender 2020
Puerto Rico Wilfredo Rivera United States Orlando City SC 2021
United States Thomas Williams United States Orlando City SC 2021
United States Alex Freeman United States Orlando City SC 2022
United States Favian Loyola United States Orlando City SC 2023
Venezuela Javier Otero United States Orlando City SC 2023
United States Tahir Reid-Brown United States Orlando City SC 2024

Philadelphia Union[edit]

2022 MLS Best XI selection Mark McKenzie has earned 11 caps with the USMNT
In 2020, Brenden Aaronson was named to the MLS Best XI. He's earned 32 caps with the USMNT and was selected to the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Zach Pfeffer retired 2011
Mexico Cristhian Hernández retired 2012
United States Jimmy McLaughlin retired 2012
United States Derrick Jones United States Columbus Crew 2016
United States Auston Trusty England Sheffield United 2016
Afghanistan Adam Najem[RBNY] Indonesia Bhayangkara 2017
United States Anthony Fontana Netherlands PEC Zwolle 2018
United States Mark McKenzie Belgium Genk 2018
United States Matthew Real United States Philadelphia Union 2018
United States Brenden Aaronson Germany Union Berlin 2019
United States Matt Freese United States New York City FC 2019
United States Jack de Vries Italy Vis Pesaro 2020
United States Cole Turner United States Loudoun United FC 2020
United States Paxten Aaronson Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 2021
United States Brandan Craig United States Philadelphia Union 2021
United States Nathan Harriel[ORL] United States Philadelphia Union 2021
United States Jack McGlynn United States Philadelphia Union 2021
United States Quinn Sullivan United States Philadelphia Union 2021
United States Anton Sorenson 2022
United States Jeremy Rafanello United States Philadelphia Union 2022
United States Nelson Pierre United States Philadelphia Union 2023
United States Nick Pariano United States Philadelphia Union 2024

Portland Timbers[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Brent Richards 2012
United States Steven Evans retired 2013
United States Bryan Gallego[RBNY] retired 2014
United States Marco Farfan United States FC Dallas 2017
United States Foster Langsdorf retired 2018
United States Eryk Williamson[DC] United States Portland Timbers 2018
United States Blake Bodily United States Tampa Bay Rowdies 2020
United States Hunter Sulte United States Portland Timbers 2021
United States Tega Ikoba United States Portland Timbers 2022

Real Salt Lake[edit]

Justen Glad became the first RSL homegrown player to play in over 200 games for the team.
Player Current club Year signed
El Salvador Nico Muñiz retired 2011
United States Donny Toia 2011
Mexico Lalo Fernández retired 2012
United States Benji Lopez retired 2013
Mexico Carlos Salcedo Mexico Cruz Azul 2013
United States Jordan Allen retired 2014
United States Justen Glad United States Real Salt Lake 2014
United States Sebastian Saucedo Mexico Juárez 2014
Democratic Republic of the Congo Phanuel Kavita United States Birmingham Legion FC 2015
Chile Adolfo Ovalle United States Tacoma Defiance 2015
Honduras Danilo Acosta 2016
United States Ricardo Velazco retired 2016
Mexico José Hernández United States Phoenix Rising FC 2017
United States Corey Baird United States FC Cincinnati 2018
Guatemala Aaron Herrera United States D.C. United 2018
United States Brooks Lennon United States Atlanta United FC 2018
United States Luis Arriaga 2019
United States Erik Holt United States Real Salt Lake 2019
Mexico David Ochoa 2019
United States Tate Schmitt United States Houston Dynamo 2019
Mexico Julián Vázquez United States Real Monarchs 2019
United States Christopher Garcia United States Austin FC II 2020
United States Milan Iloski Denmark FC Nordsjælland 2020
United States Andrew Brody United States Real Salt Lake 2021
United States Bode Hidalgo United States Real Salt Lake 2021
United States Jeff Dewsnup retired 2021
United States Zackery Farnsworth United States Real Salt Lake 2021
United States Gavin Beavers United States Real Salt Lake 2022
United States Julio Benitez 2022
Ivory Coast Axel Kei United States Real Salt Lake 2022
Mexico Jaziel Orozco Northern Ireland Larne 2022
United States Jude Wellings United States Real Salt Lake 2022
United States Luis Rivera United States Real Salt Lake 2023
Haiti Delentz Pierre United States Real Salt Lake 2023
United States Tommy Silva United States Real Salt Lake 2024

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Tommy Thompson is currently 4th all-time in games played for the Earthquakes at over 200 appearances.
Nick Lima has played over 175 games in MLS and earned 9 caps with the USMNT.
Player Current club Year signed
United States Tommy Thompson United States San Jose Earthquakes 2014
United States Nick Lima United States New England Revolution 2017
United States Jacob Akanyirige United States New England Revolution II 2018
United States Gilbert Fuentes 2018
United States JT Marcinkowski United States San Jose Earthquakes 2018
United States Cade Cowell Mexico Guadalajara 2019
United States Casey Walls United States San Jose Earthquakes 2020
United States Emi Ochoa United States San Jose Earthquakes 2021
United States Will Richmond United States San Jose Earthquakes 2022
United States Niko Tsakiris United States San Jose Earthquakes 2022
United States Cruz Medina United States San Jose Earthquakes 2022
United States Cam Cilley United States St. Louis City SC 2 2023
United States Keegan Tingey United States Loudoun United FC 2023
United States Chance Cowell United States San Jose Earthquakes 2023
United States Edwyn Mendoza United States San Jose Earthquakes 2023
United States Oscar Verhoeven United States San Jose Earthquakes 2023

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

DeAndre Yedlin is a 3x MLS All-Star. He's earned 81 caps with the USMNT and was selected to the 2014 and 2022 FIFA World Cup squads.
A 2x MLS All-Star, and 2020 MLS Best XI selection, Jordan Morris has earned 55 USMNT caps and was selected to the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
Player Current club Year signed
United States DeAndre Yedlin United States Inter Miami CF 2012
United States Aaron Kovar retired 2014
United States Sean Okoli 2014
United States Darwin Jones retired 2015
United States Victor Mansaray Indonesia PSM Makassar 2015
United States Jordan Morris United States Seattle Sounders FC 2016
Canada Jordan Schweitzer retired 2016
United States Seyi Adekoya retired 2017
United States Henry Wingo Hungary Ferencváros 2017
Somalia Handwalla Bwana 2018
United States Danny Leyva United States Seattle Sounders FC 2019
United States Trey Muse United States Portland Timbers 2019
United States Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez United States Austin FC 2019
United States Josh Atencio United States Seattle Sounders FC 2020
United States Ethan Dobbelaere 2020
United States Shandon Hopeau retired 2020
United States Reed Baker-Whiting United States Seattle Sounders FC 2021
United States Obed Vargas United States Seattle Sounders FC 2021
United States Dylan Teves United States Seattle Sounders FC 2022
United States Sota Kitahara United States Seattle Sounders FC 2023
United States Jacob Castro United States Seattle Sounders FC 2023
United States Cody Baker United States Seattle Sounders FC 2023
United States Stuart Hawkins United States Seattle Sounders FC 2023

St. Louis City SC[edit]

Player Current club Year signed
United States Caden Glover United States St. Louis City SC 2023
United States Miguel Perez United States St. Louis City SC 2023
United States Tyson Pearce United States St. Louis City SC 2024

Toronto FC[edit]

Doneil Henry has earned 44 caps with the Canada men's national soccer team. He was selected to the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but sustained an injury that ruled him out of the tournament.
Ashtone Morgan is Toronto FC's first homegrown player to appear in over 100 games.
Player Current club Year signed
Canada Nicholas Lindsay retired 2010
Canada Doneil Henry Canada HFX Wanderers FC 2010
Canada Keith Makubuya retired 2011
Canada Oscar Cordon retired 2011
Canada Matt Stinson retired 2011
Canada Ashtone Morgan 2011
Guyana Quillan Roberts New Zealand Western Suburbs FC 2012
Canada Manny Aparicio Canada Pacific FC 2013
Canada Jordan Hamilton Canada Forge FC 2014
Canada Chris Mannella 2014
Canada Jay Chapman United States Hartford Athletic 2015
Syria Molham Babouli Canada York United FC 2016
United States Ben Spencer[RSL] retired 2017
Canada Aidan Daniels Canada HFX Wanderers FC 2018
Canada Julian Dunn 2018
Canada Sergio Camargo Canada Cavalry FC 2020
Canada Ayo Akinola Canada Toronto FC 2018
Canada Liam Fraser United States FC Dallas 2018
Canada Noble Okello United States Atlanta United 2 2019
Canada Jacob Shaffelburg United States Nashville SC 2019
Canada Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty Canada Toronto FC 2020
Canada Jayden Nelson Norway Rosenborg 2020
Canada Ralph Priso United States Colorado Rapids 2020
Canada Rocco Romeo Canada Vancouver FC 2020
Canada Jordan Perruzza Canada Toronto FC 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Luke Singh Canada Atlético Ottawa 2021
Canada Luca Petrasso United States Orlando City SC 2022
Canada Deandre Kerr Canada Toronto FC 2022
Canada Kosi Thompson Norway Lillestrøm 2022
Canada Themi Antonoglou 2022
Canada Hugo Mbongue Canada Toronto FC 2022
Canada Kobe Franklin Canada Toronto FC 2023
South Africa Adam Pearlman Canada Toronto FC 2024

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

In 2020, as a member of Bayern Munich, Alphonso Davies became the first MLS homegrown player to be named to the FIFPRO World XI and first homegrown player to win the UEFA Champions League. He's earned 41 caps with the Canada men's national soccer team and was selected to the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
Player Current club Year signed
Canada Philippe Davies retired 2011
Tanzania Nizar Khalfan[†] retired 2011
Haiti Brian Sylvestre retired 2011
Canada Russell Teibert 2011
Canada Bryce Alderson retired 2012
Canada Caleb Clarke retired 2012
Canada Sam Adekugbe Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2013
Canada Marco Carducci Canada Cavalry FC 2014
Canada Kianz Froese Germany SV Wehen Wiesbaden 2014
South Africa Ethen Sampson 2014
Canada Marco Bustos Sweden IFK Värnamo 2015
Canada Alphonso Davies Germany Bayern Munich 2016
Canada Michael Baldisimo United States San Jose Earthquakes 2018
Canada Simon Colyn Netherlands De Graafschap 2018
Canada Ben McKendry 2018
Canada Sean Melvin Canada Atlético Ottawa 2018
Canada David Norman Jr. Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2018
Canada Theo Bair Scotland Motherwell 2019
Canada Thomas Hasal 2019
Canada Georges Mukumbilwa Canada Pacific FC 2019
Canada Isaac Boehmer Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2020
Canada Gianfranco Facchineri Canada Windsor City FC 2020
Canada Damiano Pecile Italy Venezia 2020
Canada Matteo Campagna 2021
Canada Kamron Habibullah 2021
Canada Max Anchor Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2023

Notes

  1. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from another team.
  2. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from Atlanta United FC
  3. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from the Chicago Fire FC
  4. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from Dallas
  5. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from D.C. United
  6. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from the LA Galaxy
  7. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from Minnesota United FC
  8. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from New York City FC
  9. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from the Philadelphia Union
  10. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from the New York Red Bulls
  11. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from Real Salt Lake
  12. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from the Seattle Sounders FC
  13. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes
  14. ^
    Homegrown rights acquired from Toronto FC

Records[edit]

The following table shows the leading home grown player goal scorer by season. It also shows which club the player was with in that season, as well as the player's age at the end of that season.

Year Player (Club) Goals Age Transfer notes
2010[11] Honduras Andy Najar (D.C. United) 5 17 Transferred to Anderlecht (Belgium) in January 2013.
2011[11] United States Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 6 18
2012[11] United States Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 3 19 Transferred to Stoke City (England) in January 2014.
2013[11] Uruguay Diego Fagúndez (New England Revolution) 13 18
2014[11] United States Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 14 23
2015 Uruguay Diego Fagúndez (New England Revolution) 6 20
2016 United States Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 12 21
2017 Canada Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact) 9 24
2018 United States Gyasi Zardes^ (Columbus Crew) 19 27 Traded to Columbus Crew in January 2018
2019 United States Gyasi Zardes^ (Columbus Crew) 13 28
2020 United States Gyasi Zardes^ (Columbus Crew) 12 29
2021 Hungary Dániel Sallói (Sporting Kansas City) 16 25
2022 United States Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas) 18 21

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "MLS 2012 Roster Rules". Archived from the original on February 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "MLS 2015 Roster Rules".
  4. ^ "MLS announces $37 million investment in Targeted Allocation Money, Homegrown Player funds for 2016-17".
  5. ^ "MLS 2012 Roster Rules". Archived from the original on February 20, 2012.
  6. ^ Stejskal, Sam; Tenorio, Paul (August 23, 2022). "MLS homegrown player rules will loosen, with fewer territorial restrictions". The Athletic. Retrieved February 22, 2024.
  7. ^ "MLS Homegrown Player Policy".
  8. ^ Lepper, Geoff (February 1, 2019). "MLS Homegrown players gaining larger role with US national team". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  9. ^ "Soccer in America: Plenty of growth, plenty more to go", The Seattle Times, June 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "2024 MLS Player Development Guidelines" (Press release). Major League Soccer. February 21, 2024. Retrieved February 22, 2024.
  11. ^ a b c d e "He's Arrived: Gyasi Zardes breaks Diego Fagundez's single season homegrown player goalscoring record", MLS Soccer, September 8, 2013.