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Sounders sign University of Washington forward Darwin Jones

University of Washington forward Darwin Jones was introduced as Seattle Sounders FC’s fifth homegrown player Friday.

Jones recorded 15 goals and nine assists in 27 appearances over two seasons with the Huskies. He was a member of the inaugural Sounders FC Academy class and led the U-18 team with 16 goals in 18 appearances. He also played at Highline College and with the Pierce County-based Sounders U-23.

“He is an exciting player that we know well from our academy ranks and have been monitoring during his career at the University of Washington,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said in a 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.”

Jones, 22, is listed as 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He was born in Chicago and resides in Des Moines.

He follows previous Seattle homegrowns DeAndre Yedlin, who has since transferred to Tottenham of the English Premier League, Sean Okoli, Aaron Kovar and Victor Mansaray.

“I am humbled and excited to join Sounders FC and look forward to proving myself as an impact player for the club,” Jones said in the release.


Sounders Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans are among 28 players U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called Friday for the first camp of the new year.

Dempsey, 31, has 110 national team appearances and has played in the last three FIFA World Cups. Evans, has 17 caps.

The camp runs from Monday to Feb. 8. Training will begin in Carson, California, before shifting to South America in advance of the first friendly of the year Jan. 28 at Chile. The USA will conclude the camp with a friendly against Panama on Feb. 8 back at Carson.

The pair are joined by 19 other Major League Soccer players, including New England’s Jermaine Jones, Toronto’s Michael Bradley and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski. U.S. star Jozy Altidore was not called in.