LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez Talks About Chipotle Homegrown
Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game | Cultivating Youth Soccer on A National Platform

The Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game will feature the best Homegrown players from across the league. Showcasing the talent, commitment and passion of these athletes, this first-time national match will be played during AT&T MLS All-Star Week at Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers.

The MLS Homegrown program fosters the development of Homegrown Academy players within each Club’s program, supporting their commitment to the sport and their Club. The following Homegrown players from the MLS have been selected to compete against the Portland Timbers U-23s.

Jon Kempin,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Sporting KC,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Jon Kempin

Product of the Sporting KC Juniors Development Academy, he became Sporting KC’s first Homegrown Player on August 31, 2011 at the age of 17 and was the youngest signing in club history. Currently is an active member of the U-20 and U-23 US Men’s National Team and is currently on loan to USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC.

POSGoalkeeper
Height6' 1"
Weight170 lbs.
DOB04-08-1993
HometownOverland Park, KS
Matt Lampson,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Columbus Crew,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Matt Lampson

2013 Crew Humanitarian of the Year, he made 13 starts in goal and complied a record of 7-6-0 with a 1.38 GAA and 5 shutouts in 2013. Signed as a Homegrown Player on December 15, 2011, helped the Crew Soccer Academy advance to the Academy National finals in 2008.

POSGoalkeeper
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs.
DOB09-06-1989
HometownCleveland, TN
Connor Lade,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
New York Red Bulls,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Connor Lade

Began his MLS Academy career during his senior year of high school in December 2007 followed by a standout collegiate career at St. John’s University amassing 81 appearances. Signed as a Homegrown Player in December 2011, he has appeared in over 30 MLS contests in three professional seasons.

POSDefender
Height5' 7"
Weight145 lbs.
DOB11-16-1989
HometownLivingston, NJ
Ashtone Morgan,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Toronto FC,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Ashtone Morgan

Was called up to the Canadian National Team during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. He was named the 2011 U-20 Canadian Player of the Year and is entering his fourth season in MLS with over 65 appearances on his resume.

POSDefender
Height5' 9"
Weight156 lbs.
DOB02-09-1991
HometownToronto, ON
Shane ONeill,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Colorado Rapids,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Shane O'Neill

Product of the Colorado Rapids Development Academy and signed as a Homegrown Player in June 2012. Lead the Rapids U-18’s in scoring with 10 goals in 15 games. In three seasons as a pro, he has played in over 40 games.

POSDefender
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs.
DOB09-02-1993
HometownBoulder, CO
Erik Palmer-Brown,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Sporting KC,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Erik Palmer-Brown

The 17-year-old Homegrown defender is the youngest signing in club history and is the only player born in 1997 currently on a team’s roster in MLS. He is considered one of the top youth prospects for his age in the country and an active member of the United States U-18 and U-20 Men’s National Team.

POSDefender
Height6' 1"
Weight175 lbs.
DOB04-24-1997
HometownNapoleon, OH
Carlos Salcedo,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Real Salt Lake,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Carlos Salcedo

A graduate of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, made 13 appearances for RSL last season, 12 of which were starts. A presence on the defensive side of RSL’s roster, he has two appearances for Salt Lake this season with one start.

POSDefender
Height6' 1"
Weight170 lbs.
DOB09-29-1993
HometownGuadalajara, MEX
Steven Evans,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Portland Timbers,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Steven Evans

Became the clubs second Homegrown Player in January 2013 after playing four seasons with the Timbers U-23s helping the team win the 2010 PDL Championship and ranks among the teams all-time leaders in games played and goals. Was named the Timbers 2014 Community Player of the Year for his work in the local community.

POSMidfielder
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs.
DOB09-19-1991
HometownPortland, OR
Danny Garcia,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
FC Dallas,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Danny Garcia

FC Dallas’ 11th Homegrown player signing, Garcia has started all four games he has played in this season. Was the ACC Freshman of the Year in his only season with the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012 and was a member of the U.S. U-20 World Cup team.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 5"
Weight155 lbs.
DOB10-14-1993
HometownDallas, TX
Zach Pfeffer,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Philadelphia Union,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Zach Pfeffer

The Union’s first homegrown player signing, he was the fourth youngest player to sign an MLS contract. His MLS debut came against the Columbus Crew on September 17, 2011. He has represented the United States at the U-14 and U-15 levels and trained at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl., as a part of the U.S. Soccer U-17 residency program.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 8"
Weight145 lbs.
DOB01-06-1995
HometownDresher, PA
Chris Ritter,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Chicago Fire,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Chris Ritter

Chicago native and product of the Chicago Fire Academy, he played five years at Northwestern University after suffering an injury during his freshman year. Made his MLS debut on June 1, 2014 against the LA Galaxy.

POSMidfielder
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs.
DOB10-29-1990
HometownWinnetka, IL
Harry Shipp,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Chicago Fire,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Harry Shipp

Voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in Chicago’s 5-4 win against New York in Week 10. A favorite for Rookie of the Year, Shipp has tallied five goals and four assists in 13 games this season.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 9"
Weight145 lbs.
DOB11-07-1991
HometownLake Forest, IL
Russell Teibert,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Vancouver Whitecaps FC,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Russell Teibert

An attack-minded player who can play on the left side of midfield, he joined MLS after signing a Generation adidas contract as a Homegrown player in March 2011. Named Canadian U-17 Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, he made his MLS debut on March 19, 2011.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs.
DOB12-22-1992
HometownNiagara Falls, ON
Gyasi Zardes,MLS,Homegrown,Soccer
LA Galaxy,MLS,Homegrown,Soccer

Gyasi Zardes

Prior to a successful collegiate career at CSU Bakersfield, Zardes played for the Galaxy Academy U-18’s and U-20’s from 2008-2010. He was signed as a Homegrown Player in 2012 and over the past two seasons has appeared 32 times with 4 goals and 4 assists. CLICK HERE to watch Gyasi demonstrate Volleying on Goal.

POSForward
Height6' 2"
Weight175 lbs.
DOB09-02-1991
HometownHawthorne, CA
Wil Trapp,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Columbus Crew,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Wil Trapp

Served as Columbus Crew Academy captain for the U-16 and U-18 teams and was the two-time Academy player of the year in 2009 and 2010. Made his professional debut in 2013 with 16 starts earning the Crew’s Breakout Performance of the Year award while becoming the fourth Homegrown Player in club history.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs.
DOB01-15-1993
HometownGahanna, OH
Caleb Calvert,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Chivas USA,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Caleb Calvert

Led the nation in goals with 22 during the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, earning him National Player of the Year honors before being signed as a Homegrown Player in July 2013.

POSForward
Height6' 2"
Weight160 lbs.
DOB10-22-1996
HometownWrightwood, CA
Bradford Jamieson,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
LA Galaxy,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Bradford Jamieson

Named to the USL PRO Team of the Week on May 27 after scoring his first two goals as a professional for LA Galaxy II against OKC Energy FC; earned his second USL PRO Team of the Week honors on June 10.

POSForward
Height6' 1"
Weight165 lbs.
DOB10-18-1996
HometownLos Angeles, CA
Sean Okoli,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Seattle Sounders,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Sean Okoli

Played for the Sounders FC U-23s and Academy. Became the first academy player to play in the MLS Reserve League for Sounders FC. Attended Wake Forest University earning all-ACC honors in three collegiate seasons. Made his MLS debut for Seattle on March 8 vs. Sporting KC.

POSForward
Height6' 1"
Weight182 lbs.
DOB02-03-1993
HometownFederal Way, WA
Dillon Serna,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
Colorado Rapids,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Dillon Serna

Member of the Rapids youth system playing for both the U-16 and U-18 Development Academy teams. Spent one season at the University of Akron and was named to Soccer America All-Freshman First Team. Signed by the Rapids as a Homegrown Player in January 2014 and scored his first MLS goal on April 26 @ Seattle.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs.
DOB03-25-1994
HometownBrighton, CO
Tommy Thompson,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown
San Jose Earthquakes,MLS,Chipotle,Homegrown

Tommy Thompson

Signed as San Jose’s first Homegrown Player in January 2014, played one year of college soccer at Indiana University where he was named Big-Ten freshman of the year. Made his MLS debut on June 7 @ Toronto FC.

POSMidfielder
Height5' 7"
Weight145 lbs.
DOB08-15-1995
HometownSan Jose, CA

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Watch and Learn With Omar Gonzalez,All-Star Defender of the Los Angeles Galaxy

Improve your techniques and learn new ones by watching LA Galaxy and U.S. Men's National Team Defender Omar Gonzalez and his Galaxy teammate and MLS Homegrown player, Gyasi Zardes.