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MLS: Top 5 Most Successful Homegrown Player Signings

Top Homegrown Signings in MLS

Best MLS Homegrown Players
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One of the best parts of MLS is the Homegrown Player rule, where teams can sign players from their academies, sometimes being able to bypass the SuperDraft, and get a salary cap break. This helps keep American/Canadian talent local, and teams can help shape their best youth players. This year is the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown match, and I've decided to rank the top five Homegrown Player signings.

5. Russell Teibert

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5. Russell Teibert

Russell Teibert Homegrown Player
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21-year-old Russell Teibert joined the Vancouver Whitecaps' first team in 2010. He has become a fruitful midfielder these last four seasons. He is not a consistent starter but has started and been subbed in his share of matches. He has played 16 matches and made two assists. He is a good example of what a club can do with a Homegrown Player when it has him from a young age.

4. Will Trapp

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4. Will Trapp

Will Trapp Homegrown Player
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21-year-old Will Trapp signed a Homegrown Player contract with Columbus Crew in 2013. Although he hasn't become a star on his team just yet, he is definitely on his way there. He has made two assists and made 17 appearances for the Crew. It wont be long before Trapp starts impressing the MLS like other Homegrown products in the league.

3. Diego Fagundez

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3. Diego Fagundez

Diego Fagundez Homegrown Player
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Although the New England Revolution are struggling this season, Diego Fagundez is still one of their best players. He is only 19 and is a regular starter for the club. He has four goals and three assists so far this season, which isn't much, but with the Revolution struggling it is more of a challenge. He is impressive to all, and New England should be very happy with this Homegrown Player.

2. Gyasi Zardes

Gyasi Zardes Homegrown Player
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2. Gyasi Zardes

Gyasi Zardes Homegrown Player
2. Gyasi Zardes

Gyasi Zardes was the No. 1 pick for any club in 2012. He was set to be in the SuperDraft that year, but Los Angeles Galaxy were able to steal him with a Homegrown Player contract because he played in its academy for a year. He wasn't a star right off the back, but he is now one of its best strikers. If he keeps this up, he will go down in history as one of Galaxy's best strikers alongside Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

1. DeAndre Yedlin

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1. DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin Homegrown Player
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At the ripe age of 21, DeAndre Yedlin has become one of the best players in MLS. The Seattle Sounders were aware of the talent it would have in its lineup with Yedlin, and signed him as its first Designated Player in 2013. He was the first Homegrown Player to be called up to the USMNT. He left quite the impression after his World Cup run, because it has been widely reported that A.S. Roma is seeking to buy him from Seattle.