Darwin Jones tells the official website of the UW that he will be signing with Sounders FC after the college season. The story also talks about his entry into soccer, his relationships with current pros and a fun story about his roommates in college.
"As soon as the season's done, I'm technically Seattle Sounders property," he said. "I'll be signing with them, but I try not to think of it like that. It's an exciting thing, because at least I'll know where I'm going unlike most people who enter the draft."
Jones has spent so much time around the organization he is comfortable with his future teammates and the coaching staff. He said former Sounders FC standout Eddie Johnson, "Took me under his wing." He knows Clint Dempsey well and, since he grew up playing with DeAndre Yedlin, he gets an honest account about what life is like as a professional soccer player in Seattle.
"We're still good friends," Jones said. "We still hang out quite often."
That of course assumes that the Sounders offer him a contract. As Jones is dominating the college game for a second year, while showing that he is more than just a fast forward that should happen. There are several ways that Jones could fit into the 2015 squad.
He could sign as an HGP and compete for minutes at a forward position that already has clear starters in Clint and Oba. His improved passing could see him on the left wing a bit as well. The new wrinkle of Sounders 2 could mean that Jones is an HGP that spends most of his time with the 1st Team but playing for 2. Or Darwin could be a player loaned down on a more permanent basis.
Those are the kind of decisions that will be based on the skills displayed in practices, the needs of the two teams and just what the scouting staff sees in his ability to develop into an MLS regular.