Homegrown Player Rule (Major League Soccer)

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

Signed as HGPPlayerNationCurrent club2019 Guaranteed
Compensation [8]
2017Andrew Carleton USAAtlanta United FC$97,400
2018George Bello USAAtlanta United FC$79,000
2018Lagos Kunga USAAtlanta United FC$73,250
2020George Campbell USAAtlanta United FC$n/a
2011Richard Sánchez^  MEXChicago Fire$152,500
2017Djordje Mihailovic USAChicago Fire$111,000
2019Jeremiah Gutjahr USAChicago Fire$56,250
2019Andre Reynolds II USAChicago Fire$64,250
2019Gabriel Slonina USAChicago Fire$74,800
2020Nicholas Slonina USAChicago Fire$n/a
2020Zico Bailey^  USAFC Cincinnati$n/a
2012Kellyn Acosta^  USAColorado Rapids$665,000
2016Auston Trusty^  USAColorado Rapids$124,100
2017Kortne Ford USAColorado Rapids$85,000
2018Sam Vines USAColorado Rapids$81,250
2018Cole Bassett USAColorado Rapids$84,000
2019Matt Hundley USAColorado Rapids$98,000
2019Sebastian Anderson USAColorado Rapids$80,917
2010Jon Kempin^  USAColumbus Crew SC$71,664
2012Matt Lampson USAColumbus Crew SC$70,250
2013Gyasi Zardes^  USAColumbus Crew SC$1,471,667
2013Wil Trapp USAColumbus Crew SC$593,746
2014Jordan Hamilton^  CANColumbus Crew SC$137,659
2019Aboubacar Keita USAColumbus Crew SC$110,000
2016Chris Durkin USAD.C. United$104,167
2019Donovan Pines USAD.C. United$102,000
2019Griffin Yow USAD.C. United$76,368
2019Moses Nyeman USAD.C. United$n/a
2013Jesse Gonzalez MEXFC Dallas$231,500
2016Paxton Pomykal USAFC Dallas$105,000
2017Jesus Ferreira COLFC Dallas$70,250
2017Bryan Reynolds USAFC Dallas$70,250
2017Reggie Cannon USAFC Dallas$80,250
2018Brandon Servania USAFC Dallas$211,000
2018Thomas Roberts USAFC Dallas$138,000
2019Edwin Cerrillo USAFC Dallas$100,250
2019Dante Sealy USAFC Dallas$108,400
2019Ricardo Pepi USAFC Dallas$113,000
2017Memo Rodriguez USAHouston Dynamo$82,750
2019Erik McCue SWEHouston Dynamo$76,250
2011Victor Ulloa^  MEXInter Miami$212,500
2015Jay Chapman^  CANInter Miami$138,500
2018Grant Lillard^  USAInter Miami$97,500
2018David Norman Jr.^  CANInter Miami$58,225
2016Danilo Acosta^  USALA Galaxy$110,000
2018Efrain Alvarez USALA Galaxy$75,606
2019Ethan Zubak USALA Galaxy$78,125
2014Anthony Jackson-Hamel CANMontreal Impact$175,000
2018James Pantemis CANMontreal Impact$70,250
2019Mathieu Choinière CANMontreal Impact$86,390
2019Clément Bayiha CANMontreal Impact$67,125
2019Karifa Yao CANMontreal Impact$60,466
2016Derrick Jones^  USANashville SC$80,900
2011Diego Fagúndez URUNew England Revolution$205,000
2013Scott Caldwell USANew England Revolution$153,209
2018Isaac Angking USANew England Revolution$75,250
2019Nicolas Firmino BRANew England Revolution$71,167
2019Justin Rennicks USANew England Revolution$115,000
2020Damian Rivera USANew England Revolution$n/a
2017James Sands USANew York City FC$105,000
2018Joe Scally USANew York City FC$78,067
2019Justin Haak USANew York City FC$56,250
2019Tayvon Gray USANew York City FC$n/a
2015Sean Davis USANew York Red Bulls$327,500
2016Alex Muyl USANew York Red Bulls$127,750
2018Ben Mines USANew York Red Bulls$63,243
2019Omir Fernandez USANew York Red Bulls$95,000
2016Mason Stajduhar USAOrlando City$70,875
2019Benji Michel USAOrlando City$116,250
2020David Loera USAOrlando City$n/a
2020Jordan Bender USAOrlando City$n/a
2018Anthony Fontana USAPhiladelphia Union$70,260
2018Matthew Real USAPhiladelphia Union$57,225
2018Mark McKenzie USAPhiladelphia Union$82,225
2019Brenden Aaronson USAPhiladelphia Union$95,809
2019Matt Freese USAPhiladelphia Union$77,650
2020Cole Turner USAPhiladelphia Union$n/a
2020Jack de Vries USAPhiladelphia Union$120,556
2017Marco Farfan USAPortland Timbers$80,250
2018Eryk Williamson USAPortland Timbers$136,500
2014Justen Glad USAReal Salt Lake$345,000
2018Aaron Herrera USAReal Salt Lake$86,000
2018Corey Baird USAReal Salt Lake$70,008
2019Julian Vazquez MEXReal Salt Lake$66,250
2019Luis Arriaga USAReal Salt Lake$56,250
2019David Ochoa USAReal Salt Lake$70,250
2019Erik Holt USAReal Salt Lake$70,250
2019Tate Schmitt USAReal Salt Lake$70,250
2014Tommy Thompson USASan Jose Earthquakes$175,000
2017Nick Lima USASan Jose Earthquakes$218,438
2018JT Marcinkowski USASan Jose Earthquakes$147,000
2018Jacob Akanyirige USASan Jose Earthquakes$64,225
2018Gilbert Fuentes USASan Jose Earthquakes$92,000
2019Cade Cowell USASan Jose Earthquakes$67,225
2020Casey Walls USASan Jose Earthquakes$n/a
2020Emi Ochoa USASan Jose Earthquakes$n/a
2016Jordan Morris USASeattle Sounders FC$619,600
2018Handwalla Bwana KENSeattle Sounders FC$57,225
2019Trey Muse USASeattle Sounders FC$65,000
2019Danny Leyva USASeattle Sounders FC$89,872
2019Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez USASeattle Sounders FC$85,750
2016Dániel Sallói HUNSporting Kansas City$144,125
2017Gianluca Busio USASporting Kansas City$90,000
2018Jaylin Lindsey USASporting Kansas City$88,000
2018Wan Kuzain MASSporting Kansas City$70,875
2019Tyler Freeman USASporting Kansas City$82,750
2019Cameron Duke USASporting Kansas City$69,250
2019Felipe Hernandez COLSporting Kansas City$56,250
2010Juan Agudelo^  USAToronto FC$605,000
2014Marky Delgado^  USAToronto FC$253,000
2018Ayo Akinola USAToronto FC$124,256
2018Liam Fraser CANToronto FC$75,875
2019Noble Okello CANToronto FC$68,060
2019Jacob Shaffelburg  CANToronto FC$62,750
2011Russell Teibert^  CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$190,000
2013Maxime Crépeau^  CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$94,083
2018Simon Colyn CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$81,250
2018Michael Baldisimo CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$83,013
2019Theo Bair CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$76,250
2019Thomas Hasal CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$66,250
2019Georges Mukumbilwa CANVancouver Whitecaps FC$56,250

See also


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.

YearPlayer (Club)GoalsAgeTransfer notes
2010[10]Andy Najar (DCU)517Transferred to Anderlecht (Belgium) in January 2013.
2011[10]Juan Agudelo (NYRB)619
2012[10]Juan Agudelo (NYRB)320Transferred to Stoke City (England) in January 2014.
2013[10]Diego Fagundez (NE)1318
2014[10]Gyasi Zardes (LAG)1423
2015Diego Fagundez (NE)620
2016Jordan Morris (SEA)1222
2017Anthony Jackson-Hamel (MTL)924



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