D.C. United have signed Academy product, Kevin Paredes, as the 14th Homegrown Signing in club history. The 16-year-old has been a member of D.C. United’s Academy since 2016.
“We are thrilled to sign another quality Homegrown player in Kevin,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. "He has been on our radar since he joined the club’s academy in 2016 and he has shown consistent signs of development throughout. We are excited to get to work with Kevin and look forward to providing him a pathway to the first team.”
Paredes, a South Riding, Va., native, started his youth career with Loudoun Soccer before joining D.C. United’s academy in 2016. Paredes made three appearances (one start) during the 2019/20 season for D.C. United’s USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United. The midfielder recorded one assist and maintained a passing accuracy of 79%. As a member of D.C. United’s academy since the U-13 level, Paredes has scored 39 goals in 85 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) appearances (61 starts).
Paredes has represented the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team on three occasions; scoring a goal and recording an a assist. The 16-year-old made his debut in a friendly against the Netherlands U-17 squad on November 14, 2019. During the match, Paredes scored his first goal for the national team as he helped his squad to a 3-3 draw. In the 3-2 victory over Turkey’s U-17 team on November 18, 2019, the midfielder recorded an assist for the United States second goal of the match.
Welcome to the big league, kid. 🤟 pic.twitter.com/9Y25tleALf— D.C. United (@dcunited) January 17, 2020