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 MLSEdit

Signed as HGP Player Nation Current club 2019 Guaranteed
Compensation [8]
2017 Andrew Carleton   USA Atlanta United FC $97,400
2018 George Bello   USA Atlanta United FC $79,000
2018 Lagos Kunga   USA Atlanta United FC $73,250
2020 George Campbell   USA Atlanta United FC $n/a
2020 Tyler Wolff   USA Atlanta United FC $n/a
2017 Djordje Mihailovic   USA Chicago Fire $111,000
2019 Jeremiah Gutjahr   USA Chicago Fire $56,250
2019 Andre Reynolds II   USA Chicago Fire $64,250
2019 Gabriel Slonina   USA Chicago Fire $74,800
2020 Nicholas Slonina   USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2020 Mauricio Pineda   USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2020 Brian Gutiérrez   USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2020 Javier Casas   USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2020 Alex Monis   USA Chicago Fire $n/a
2020 Zico Bailey^   USA FC Cincinnati $n/a
2012 Kellyn Acosta^   USA Colorado Rapids $665,000
2016 Auston Trusty^   USA Colorado Rapids $124,100
2017 Kortne Ford   USA Colorado Rapids $85,000
2018 Sam Vines   USA Colorado Rapids $81,250
2018 Cole Bassett   USA Colorado Rapids $84,000
2019 Matt Hundley   USA Colorado Rapids $98,000
2019 Sebastian Anderson   USA Colorado Rapids $80,917
2020 Will Vint^   USA Colorado Rapids $n/a
2010 Jon Kempin^   USA Columbus Crew SC $71,664
2012 Matt Lampson   USA Columbus Crew SC $70,250
2013 Gyasi Zardes^   USA Columbus Crew SC $1,471,667
2014 Jordan Hamilton^   CAN Columbus Crew SC $137,659
2019 Aboubacar Keita   USA Columbus Crew SC $110,000
2020 Aidan Morris   USA Columbus Crew SC $n/a
2020 Sebastian Berhalter   USA Columbus Crew SC $n/a
2016 Chris Durkin   USA D.C. United $104,167
2019 Donovan Pines   USA D.C. United $102,000
2019 Griffin Yow   USA D.C. United $76,368
2019 Moses Nyeman   USA D.C. United $n/a
2020 Kevin Paredes   USA D.C. United $n/a
2013 Jesse Gonzalez   MEX FC Dallas $231,500
2016 Paxton Pomykal   USA FC Dallas $105,000
2017 Jesus Ferreira   USA FC Dallas $70,250
2017 Bryan Reynolds   USA FC Dallas $70,250
2017 Reggie Cannon   USA FC Dallas $80,250
2018 Brandon Servania   USA FC Dallas $211,000
2018 Thomas Roberts   USA FC Dallas $138,000
2019 Edwin Cerrillo   USA FC Dallas $100,250
2019 Dante Sealy   USA FC Dallas $108,400
2019 Ricardo Pepi   USA FC Dallas $113,000
2020 Eddie Munjoma   USA FC Dallas $n/a
2020 Tanner Tessmann   USA FC Dallas $n/a
2020 Carlos Avilez   MEX FC Dallas $n/a
2017 Memo Rodriguez   USA Houston Dynamo $82,750
2019 Erik McCue   SWE Houston Dynamo $76,250
2020 Marcelo Palomino   USA Houston Dynamo $n/a
2021 Juan Castilla   COL Houston Dynamo $n/a
2021 Danny Rios   USA Houston Dynamo $n/a
2010 Juan Agudelo^   USA Inter Miami $605,000
2011 Victor Ulloa^   MEX Inter Miami $212,500
2013 Wil Trapp^   USA Inter Miami $593,746
2015 Jay Chapman^   CAN Inter Miami $138,500
2018 Grant Lillard^   USA Inter Miami $97,500
2018 David Norman Jr.^   CAN Inter Miami $58,225
2016 Danilo Acosta^   USA LA Galaxy $110,000
2018 Efrain Alvarez   USA LA Galaxy $75,606
2019 Ethan Zubak   USA LA Galaxy $78,125
2020 Eric Lopez   USA LA Galaxy $n/a
2020 Cameron Dunbar   USA LA Galaxy $n/a
2020 Jonathan Perez   USA LA Galaxy $n/a
2020 Bryce Duke^   USA Los Angeles FC $n/a
2020 Erik Dueñas   USA Los Angeles FC $n/a
2020 Tony Leone   MEX Los Angeles FC $n/a
2020 Christian Torres   USA Los Angeles FC $n/a
2020 Fred Emmings   LUX Minnesota United $n/a
2014 Anthony Jackson-Hamel   CAN Montreal Impact $175,000
2018 James Pantemis   CAN Montreal Impact $70,250
2019 Mathieu Choinière   CAN Montreal Impact $86,390
2019 Clément Bayiha   CAN Montreal Impact $67,125
2019 Karifa Yao   CAN Montreal Impact $60,466
2020 Jonathan Sirois   CAN Montreal Impact $n/a
2020 Tomas Giraldo   CAN Montreal Impact $n/a
2020 Keesean Ferdinand   CAN Montreal Impact $n/a
2016 Derrick Jones^   USA Nashville SC $80,900
2011 Diego Fagúndez   URU New England Revolution $205,000
2013 Scott Caldwell   USA New England Revolution $153,209
2018 Isaac Angking   USA New England Revolution $75,250
2019 Nicolas Firmino   BRA New England Revolution $71,167
2019 Justin Rennicks   USA New England Revolution $115,000
2020 Damian Rivera   USA New England Revolution $n/a
2017 James Sands   USA New York City FC $105,000
2018 Joe Scally   USA New York City FC $78,067
2019 Justin Haak   USA New York City FC $56,250
2019 Tayvon Gray   USA New York City FC $n/a
2015 Sean Davis   USA New York Red Bulls $327,500
2016 Alex Muyl   USA New York Red Bulls $127,750
2018 Ben Mines   USA New York Red Bulls $63,243
2019 Omir Fernandez   USA New York Red Bulls $95,000
2020 John Tolkin   USA New York Red Bulls $n/a
2016 Mason Stajduhar   USA Orlando City $70,875
2019 Benji Michel   USA Orlando City $116,250
2020 David Loera   USA Orlando City $n/a
2020 Jordan Bender   USA Orlando City $n/a
2020 Michael Halliday   USA Orlando City $n/a
2018 Anthony Fontana   USA Philadelphia Union $70,260
2018 Matthew Real   USA Philadelphia Union $57,225
2018 Mark McKenzie   USA Philadelphia Union $82,225
2019 Brenden Aaronson   USA Philadelphia Union $95,809
2019 Matt Freese   USA Philadelphia Union $77,650
2020 Cole Turner   USA Philadelphia Union $n/a
2020 Jack de Vries   USA Philadelphia Union $120,556
2021 Nathan Harriel   USA Philadelphia Union $n/a
2017 Marco Farfan   USA Portland Timbers $80,250
2018 Eryk Williamson^   USA Portland Timbers $136,500
2020 Blake Bodily   USA Portland Timbers $n/a
2014 Justen Glad   USA Real Salt Lake $345,000
2018 Aaron Herrera   USA Real Salt Lake $86,000
2018 Corey Baird   USA Real Salt Lake $70,008
2019 Julian Vazquez   MEX Real Salt Lake $66,250
2019 Luis Arriaga   USA Real Salt Lake $56,250
2019 David Ochoa   USA Real Salt Lake $70,250
2019 Erik Holt   USA Real Salt Lake $70,250
2019 Tate Schmitt   USA Real Salt Lake $70,250
2020 Milan Iloski   USA Real Salt Lake $n/a
2020 Chris Garcia   USA Real Salt Lake $n/a
2014 Tommy Thompson   USA San Jose Earthquakes $175,000
2017 Nick Lima   USA San Jose Earthquakes $218,438
2018 JT Marcinkowski   USA San Jose Earthquakes $147,000
2018 Jacob Akanyirige   USA San Jose Earthquakes $64,225
2018 Gilbert Fuentes   USA San Jose Earthquakes $92,000
2019 Cade Cowell   USA San Jose Earthquakes $67,225
2020 Casey Walls   USA San Jose Earthquakes $n/a
2020 Emi Ochoa   USA San Jose Earthquakes $n/a
2013 Harry Shipp^   USA Seattle Sounders FC $235,000
2016 Jordan Morris   USA Seattle Sounders FC $619,600
2018 Handwalla Bwana   KEN Seattle Sounders FC $57,225
2019 Trey Muse   USA Seattle Sounders FC $65,000
2019 Danny Leyva   USA Seattle Sounders FC $89,872
2019 Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez   USA Seattle Sounders FC $85,750
2020 Josh Atencio   USA Seattle Sounders FC $n/a
2020 Ethan Dobbelaere   USA Seattle Sounders FC $n/a
2020 Shandon Hopeau   USA Seattle Sounders FC $n/a
2011 Richard Sánchez^   MEX Sporting Kansas City $152,500
2016 Dániel Sallói   HUN Sporting Kansas City $144,125
2017 Gianluca Busio   USA Sporting Kansas City $90,000
2018 Jaylin Lindsey   USA Sporting Kansas City $88,000
2018 Wan Kuzain   USA Sporting Kansas City $70,875
2019 Tyler Freeman   USA Sporting Kansas City $82,750
2019 Cameron Duke   USA Sporting Kansas City $69,250
2019 Felipe Hernandez   USA Sporting Kansas City $56,250
2020 John Pulskamp   USA Sporting Kansas City $n/a
2014 Marky Delgado^   USA Toronto FC $253,000
2018 Ayo Akinola   USA Toronto FC $124,256
2018 Liam Fraser   CAN Toronto FC $75,875
2019 Noble Okello   CAN Toronto FC $68,060
2019 Jacob Shaffelburg   CAN Toronto FC $62,750
2020 Rocco Romeo   CAN Toronto FC $n/a
2020 Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty   CAN Toronto FC $n/a
2020 Jayden Nelson   CAN Toronto FC $n/a
2011 Russell Teibert   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $190,000
2013 Maxime Crépeau^   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $94,083
2018 Simon Colyn   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $81,250
2018 Michael Baldisimo   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $83,013
2019 Theo Bair   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $76,250
2019 Thomas Hasal   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $66,250
2019 Georges Mukumbilwa   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $56,250
2020 Gianfranco Facchineri   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $n/a
2020 Patrick Metcalfe   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $n/a
2020 Damiano Pelice   CAN Vancouver Whitecaps FC $n/a


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[9]   Andy Najar (D.C. United) 5 17 Transferred to Anderlecht (Belgium) in January 2013.
2011[9]   Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 6 19
2012[9]   Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 3 20 Transferred to Stoke City (England) in January 2014.
2013[9]   Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution) 13 18
2014[9]   Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 14 23
2015   Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution) 6 20
2016   Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 12 22
2017   Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact) 9 24
2018   Gyasi Zardes^ (Columbus Crew) 19 27 Traded to Columbus Crew in January 2018
2019   Gyasi Zardes^ (Columbus Crew) 13 28


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.[10]


  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. ^ 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.
  10. ^ https://www.mlssoccer.com/glossary/homegrown-player