D.C. United today announced that 16-year-old Homegrown forward Michael Seaton has been called up to the Jamaica U-17 Men’s National Team ahead of two matches in the CONCACAF Championship. The U-17 Reggae Boyz will face Panama’s U-17s on April 6 and then Barbados’ U-17s on April 8 ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championships – a part of FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifying –held at the Estadio Agustín Muquita Sánchez in Panama City, Panama. Seaton joined the Jamaica squad this past Friday, March 29.
Seaton signed with the First Team on Jan. 14, becoming the fifth Homegrown player in D.C. United history. At just 16-years-old, Seaton is the first player born after the inception of Major League Soccer in 1996 to ink a deal with a team in the League.
Seaton last reported for international duty when he participated in CFU U-17 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches with the Jamaica U-17 National Team, tallying a goal in a 5-0 win against Bermuda on July 11, 2012 and another in a 4-0 win against Antigua and Barbuda on July 15, 2012. The young forward also impressed in United’s Academy system as the leading scorer (12 goals) for the U-15 Pre-Academy team. Seaton was also the co-leading scorer (14 goals) for the U-16 Academy squad, guiding the team to a final eight finish in the playoffs before joining the U-18s in 2012.