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Sounders announce sixth Homegrown Player signing

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The HGP list grows to Yedlin, Okoli, Kovar, Jones, Mansaray and Schweitzer.

Courtesy of Sounders U23 and Chris Coulter

Yedlin and Morris get most of the headlines out of the Seattle Sounders Academy. Victor Mansaray gets some mention because he's so young. Now joining Darwin Jones as a senior signing a Homegrown Player contract with his hometown club is Everett's own Jordan Schweitzer.

Schweitzer played college ball with the University of Denver for four years. He was locked in as a starter notching 70 starts and three sub appearances. As a defensive midfielder and a regular captain the Academy and Sounders U23 product controls the midfield and his teammates. In 2015 his school recorded an 18-match win streak, 12 shutouts and only a 0.40 goals against average.

"Jordan is a player we've been following since his days in the Academy and throughout his career at the University of Denver," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "He is a central midfielder who understands the importance to the team effort through his distribution, positional play and passing."

Jordan played two years (U16s and a year at 17 with U18s) with the Sounders Academy joining them after playing with Evergreen, Crossfire, Washington ODP and Henry M Jackson High School. He was basically the captain where ever he played.

The defensive midfielder originally was invited to the MLS Combine, but pulled out in order to sign with Seattle as an HGP rather than enter the draft. It's entirely possible, and even likely, that the Sounders did not have to dip into their Homegrown Player budget to make this signing as Schweitzer probably won't be making more than the rookie minimum.