Tacoma, WA - While the Seattle Sounders FC and other MLS squads are battling on the field for top honors in the 2012 MLS season, there is also a competition behind the scenes to build the strongest squad for future. Teams that develop youth players through their academy system will not have to expend a valuable draft pick when those players leave college. Instead, the can sign their "Homegrown Player" directly to the MLS squad.
The Seattle Sounders FC have one of the strongest development systems in the entire MLS. Last year, the addition of the Sounders FC U-23 program continues to cultivate strong players with the intention of eventually signing a top quality player who is born and bread - Sounders.
Here is a link to nice article that tracks MLS Home Grown Players as they compete in colleges around the nation. TopDrawerSoccer.com