Homegrown Player Rule (Major League Soccer)

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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]

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.[6]

In 2014, Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin became the first MLS Homegrown player to compete in a World Cup.[7]

Current Homegrown Players in MLS[edit]

Signed as HGP Player Nation Current club 2018 Guaranteed
Compensation [8]
2017 Andrew Carleton  USA Atlanta United FC $87,400
2017 Chris Goslin  USA Atlanta United FC $84,000
2018 George Bello  USA Atlanta United FC $71,500
2018 Lagos Kunga  USA Atlanta United FC $58,500
2018 Patrick Okonkwo  NGR Atlanta United FC $65,504
2011 Richard Sánchez^  MEX Chicago Fire $132,500
2017 Djordje Mihailovic  USA Chicago Fire $96,000
2018 Grant Lillard  USA Chicago Fire $82,500
2019 Jeremiah Gutjahr  USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2019 Andre Reynolds II  USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2019 Gabriel Slonina  USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2011 Victor Ulloa^  MEX FC Cincinnati $182,500
2012 Kellyn Acosta^  USA Colorado Rapids $300,000
2012 Dillon Serna  USA Colorado Rapids $95,000
2017 Kortne Ford  USA Colorado Rapids $89,500
2018 Sam Vines  USA Colorado Rapids $61,250
2018 Cole Bassett  USA Colorado Rapids $69,000
2019 Matt Hundley  USA Colorado Rapids $n/a
2019 Sam Raben  USA Colorado Rapids $n/a
2019 Sebastian Anderson  USA Colorado Rapids $n/a
2010 Jon Kempin^  USA Columbus Crew SC $80,256
2013 Gyasi Zardes^  USA Columbus Crew SC $630,000
2013 Wil Trapp  USA Columbus Crew SC $550,004
2017 Alex Crognale  USA Columbus Crew SC $95,004
2019 Aboubacar Keita  USA Columbus Crew SC $n/a
2014 Jalen Robinson  USA D.C. United $75,000
2016 Chris Durkin  USA D.C. United $89,167
2019 Antonio Bustamante  USA D.C. United $n/a
2019 Donovan Pines  USA D.C. United $n/a
2019 Griffin Yow  USA D.C. United $n/a
2013 Jesse Gonzalez  MEX FC Dallas $211,500
2016 Paxton Pomykal  USA FC Dallas $90,000
2017 Jesus Ferreira  COL FC Dallas $54,500
2017 Bryan Reynolds  USA FC Dallas $56,500
2017 Reggie Cannon  USA FC Dallas $67,500
2018 Brandon Servania  USA FC Dallas $186,000
2018 Thomas Roberts  USA FC Dallas $88,750
2019 Edwin Cerrillo  USA FC Dallas $n/a
2019 Dante Sealy  USA FC Dallas $n/a
2009 Tyler Deric  USA Houston Dynamo $67,500
2017 Memo Rodriguez  USA Houston Dynamo $55,654
2019 Erik McCue  SWE Houston Dynamo $n/a
2014 Bradford Jamieson IV  USA LA Galaxy $72,765
2017 Hugo Arellano  USA LA Galaxy $82,574
2018 Efrain Alvarez  USA LA Galaxy $72,234
2019 Ethan Zubak  USA LA Galaxy $n/a
2013 Collin Martin^  USA Minnesota United FC $95,004
2014 Anthony Jackson-Hamel  CAN Montreal Impact $155,000
2018 Thomas Meilleur-Giguère  CAN Montreal Impact $57,625
2018 James Pantemis  CAN Montreal Impact $55,000
2018 Jason Beaulieu  CAN Montreal Impact $54,500
2019 Mathieu Choinière  CAN Montreal Impact $59,441
2019 Clément Bayiha  CAN Montreal Impact $n/a
2019 Daniel Kinumbe  CAN Montreal Impact $n/a
2019 Karifa Yao  CAN Montreal Impact $n/a
2016 Derrick Jones^  USA Nashville SC $75,900
2011 Diego Fagúndez  URU New England Revolution $190,000
2013 Scott Caldwell  USA New England Revolution $139,375
2015 Zachary Herivaux  HAI New England Revolution $83,906
2018 Isaac Angking  USA New England Revolution $72,500
2019 Nicolas Firmino  BRA New England Revolution $n/a
2019 Justin Rennicks  USA New England Revolution $n/a
2017 James Sands  USA New York City FC $75,333
2018 Joe Scally  USA New York City FC $76,317
2019 Justin Haak  USA New York City FC $n/a
2011 Connor Lade  USA New York Red Bulls $120,750
2015 Sean Davis  USA New York Red Bulls $261,667
2016 Alex Muyl  USA New York Red Bulls $114,000
2016 Derrick Etienne  HAI New York Red Bulls $73,500
2017 Evan Louro  USA New York Red Bulls $55,654
2018 Ben Mines  USA New York Red Bulls $60,518
2019 Jean-Christophe Koffi^  CIV New York Red Bulls $n/a
2019 Omir Fernandez  USA New York Red Bulls $n/a
2016 Danilo Acosta^  USA Orlando City $100,000
2016 Mason Stajduhar  USA Orlando City $67,500
2018 Cam Lindley^  USA Orlando City $88,906
2019 Benji Michel  USA Orlando City $n/a
2016 Auston Trusty  USA Philadelphia Union $109,100
2018 Anthony Fontana  USA Philadelphia Union $73,422
2018 Matthew Real  USA Philadelphia Union $54,500
2018 Mark McKenzie  USA Philadelphia Union $64,500
2019 Brenden Aaronson  USA Philadelphia Union $n/a
2019 Matt Freese  USA Philadelphia Union $n/a
2017 Marco Farfan  USA Portland Timbers $64,500
2018 Foster Langsdorf  USA Portland Timbers $54,500
2018 Eryk Williamson  USA Portland Timbers $126,500
2014 Jordan Allen  USA Real Salt Lake $225,000
2014 Justen Glad  USA Real Salt Lake $291,700
2014 Sebastian Saucedo  USA Real Salt Lake $110,500
2018 Aaron Herrera  USA Real Salt Lake $67,500
2018 Corey Baird  USA Real Salt Lake $54,504
2019 Julian Vazquez  MEX Real Salt Lake $n/a
2019 Luis Arriaga  USA Real Salt Lake $n/a
2019 David Ochoa  USA Real Salt Lake $n/a
2019 Erik Holt  USA Real Salt Lake $n/a
2019 Tate Schmitt  USA Real Salt Lake $n/a
2014 Tommy Thompson  USA San Jose Earthquakes $170,000
2017 Nick Lima  USA San Jose Earthquakes $100,200
2018 JT Marcinkowski  USA San Jose Earthquakes $132,000
2018 Jacob Akanyirige  USA San Jose Earthquakes $56,500
2018 Gilbert Fuentes  USA San Jose Earthquakes $82,000
2019 Cade Cowell  USA San Jose Earthquakes $n/a
2014 Harry Shipp^  USA Seattle Sounders FC $175,000
2016 Jordan Morris  USA Seattle Sounders FC $234,500
2017 Henry Wingo  USA Seattle Sounders FC $55,650
2018 Handwalla Bwana  KEN Seattle Sounders FC $54,500
2019 Trey Muse  USA Seattle Sounders FC $n/a
2019 Danny Leyva  USA Seattle Sounders FC $n/a
2019 Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez  USA Seattle Sounders FC $n/a
2016 Dániel Sallói  HUN Sporting Kansas City $81,625
2017 Gianluca Busio  USA Sporting Kansas City $82,504
2018 Jaylin Lindsey  USA Sporting Kansas City $67,504
2018 Wan Kuzain  USA Sporting Kansas City $67,500
2019 Tyler Freeman  USA Sporting Kansas City $67,700
2011 Ashtone Morgan  CAN Toronto FC $121,500
2014 Jordan Hamilton  CAN Toronto FC $100,430
2014 Marky Delgado^  USA Toronto FC $230,000
2015 Jay Chapman  CAN Toronto FC $117,500
2018 Ayo Akinola  USA Toronto FC $140,504
2018 Liam Fraser  CAN Toronto FC $72,500
2019 Noble Okello  CAN Toronto FC $n/a
2011 Russell Teibert^  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $160,000
2013 Maxime Crépeau^  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $84,083
2018 David Norman Jr.  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $55,500
2018 Sean Melvin  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $54,500
2018 Simon Colyn  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $60,750
2018 Michael Baldisimo  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $116,472
2019 Theo Bair  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $n/a
2019 Thomas Hasal  CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $n/a

See also[edit]


1.^ Note a player who signed a Homegrown Player Contract with another club, but have since signed elsewhere. Their contract remains classified as a Homegrown Player Contract with Major League Soccer.[9]


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[10] Andy Najar (DCU) 5 17 Transferred to Anderlecht (Belgium) in January 2013.
2011[10] Juan Agudelo (NYRB) 6 19
2012[10] Juan Agudelo (NYRB) 3 20 Transferred to Stoke City (England) in January 2014.
2013[10] Diego Fagundez (NE) 13 18
2014[10] Gyasi Zardes (LAG) 14 23
2015 Diego Fagundez (NE) 6 20
2016 Jordan Morris (SEA) 12 22
2017 Anthony Jackson-Hamel (MTL) 9 24


  1. ^ "MLS Draft 2013: Homegrown player initiative rises as draft declines". Sporting News.
  2. ^ "MLS 2012 Roster Rules". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20.
  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 2012-02-20.
  6. ^ "MLS Homegrown Player Policy".
  7. ^ "Soccer in America: Plenty of growth, plenty more to go", Seattle Times, June 29, 2014.
  8. ^ https://mlsplayers.org/resources/salary-guide
  9. ^ https://www.mlssoccer.com/glossary/homegrown-player
  10. ^ 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.