Tyler Adams headlines MLS Homegrown Roster

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

Preparing to return as the head coach of the MLS Homegrown team, former LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan has announced the team’s roster ahead of their friendly match against the Mexico Under-20 National Team.

The MLS Homegrown game is a competition that is meant to give young academy prodigies the chance to represent their hometown club during the weekend’s All-Star festivities.

New York will only have one representative in this year’s game as New York Red Bulls’ Tyler Adams received a chance to play under Landon Donovan.

Adams joined the New York Red Bulls academy back in 2011. After working his way through the academy, the Wappingers Falls native signed his first deal with the Red Bulls’ reserve side, where he made 11 appearances. After impressing in last summer’s exhibition match against Chelsea FC, where Adams scored a header past Asmir Begovic, the 17-yearold signed his first senior team contract with New York. On April 2013, the young midfielder made his MLS debut against the San Jose Earthquakes.

This year’s MLS Homegrown match will only contain representatives from 11 out of the 20 teams in Major League Soccer, excluding clubs such as NYCFC, New England Revolution, and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

2016 MLS Homegrown Team

Goalkeepers:  Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Maxime Crépeau (Montreal Impact)

Defenders: Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Aaron Guillen (FC Dallas), Phanuel Kavita (Real Salt Lake), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Harrison Heath (Orlando City SC), Aaron Kovar (Seattle Sounders FC), Raul Mendiola (LA Galaxy), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)

Forwards: Joey Calistri (Chicago Fire), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy) and Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

  • Hernando Peralta

    Most of the guys in the US team are over 20 ..

  • james w

    nice to see the young MLS developed talent coming thru, hopefully the future will be brighter for the next generations of these young homegrowns, glad MLS is putting in the investment into the future of US Soccer.

    it would be nice if nasl actually did something to promote young future talent as well, signing some MLS academy kids for a year doesn’t really count…