Another top talent from the class of 2021 is turning pro, opting to forego the opportunity to play college soccer.
Defender Jacob Greene signed a Homegrown contract with D.C. United, the club announced this week.
“This is another proud moment for the D.C. United Academy and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Jacob,” D.C. United Academy Director Dave Sanford said in a statement. “Ever since he joined the Academy in 2014, Jacob has shown that he has the talent, desire, and work ethic to achieve great things for this club. We also want to thank ownership and the technical staff for continuing to work closely with the Academy to create a tangible pathway to the first team for our youth players.”
The No. 46 ranked player in the class, the Crofton, Md. native had previously pledged to play at Maryland starting next year. A longtime veteran of the D.C. United Academy, he made 113 appearances for the team in the Development Academy dating back to the 2015-16 season. In 2019, he started playing for Loudoun United as an amateur, and had made 15 appearances between this year and last.
“We have been monitoring Jacob’s development from his days in the D.C. United Academy through his time with our USL affiliate, Loudoun United FC,” D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said in a statement. “Towards the end of the season, Jacob was consistently training with the first team and has proven that he has what it takes to make the jump to the next level. Jacob is another example of how valuable Loudoun United has been for developing young players and getting them important professional minutes.”