University of Washington senior Darwin Jones has been around Seattle Sounders his whole young career.
“I feel like all my youth coaches were either ex-Sounders players or had some type of role within the USL or indoor teams,” the Des Moines native said in an interview last month. “Everyone is connected in some way to the Sounders organization.”
On Friday afternoon, Jones finally became one of them, signing a contract to become the fifth Homegrown Player in Sounders history.
Jones, 22, scored 12 goals and dished out nine assists in 20 career starts for the Huskies, being named first-team all-Pac 12 as a junior and second-team all-Far West as a senior as UW reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Jones, who also played for Highline Premier FC and Washington Premier in his youth career, led the Sounders Academy team in goals in 2011.
“We’re pleased to welcome Darwin to the Sounders FC First Team. He’s an exciting player that we know well from our Academy ranks and have been monitoring during his career at the University of Washington,” said Sounders coach Sigi Schmid in the club release. “Our Academy staff has done a tremendous job of developing players like Darwin, and we’re excited to add another quality Homegrown Player to our roster.”
More on this to follow.