Earlier this week, we took a gander at a handful of the top-performing pro prospects burning the Development Academy at the U16 age. This time? The U18s get their time in the sun.
The Homegrown pipeline from the Development Academy to the the first team is an enormous benefit for players in those systems. But it also serves as an attention hog for those players who aren’t in those MLS systems with a readymade pathway to the pro ranks straight out of academy ball.
Because yes, there are hordes of promising young non-MLS DA players with enticing pro prospects. Some even more so than their MLS counterparts.
Here’s an inside look at five U18 DA players making serious cases not only for hugely impactful college careers, but perhaps for a soccer career in the great professional beyond as well.