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BY DARRELL LOVELL
D.C. United have added another name to their cadre of Homegrown signings Monday announcing that the club has come to terms with forward Michael Seaton.
The 16-year-old is the fifth and youngest Homegrown signing in club history and extends a tradition of rewarding the club’s best young prospects with a place on the first team roster.
“Michael has made big strides in a short amount of time in our Academy system and he is ready to take the next step,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper in a club release. “As an attacking player, Michael has an excellent work rate and is a real handful for opposing defenses.”
Seaton has been a fixture on the club’s youth scoring chart totaling 26 goals with the D.C.’s U-15 and 16 squads. His exploits earned him a spot on Jamaica’s U-17 squad and an appearance in the final reserve league match of 2012.
While Seaton has represented the Reggae Boyz at the youth level, as a native of Capitol Heights, MD, he has dual citizenship with the U.S. and would be eligible for a call from the Yanks.
For now the young forward will concentrate on joining the first team club full-time in the hopes of continuing to develop quickly, as he has coming through D.C.’s academy system.
“He will have some terrific mentors in Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius, and Ben and his staff will have another young player with an upside to integrate into the first team,” Kasper said.
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