Harkes became United's ninth Homegrown Player on January 23, 2017, after winning the MAC Hermann Trophy for college soccer's best player. A four-year standout center midfielder for Wake Forest University, Harkes made 82 appearances for the Demon Deacons, scoring nine goals and adding 18 assists. In 2016, he led Wake to the national championship match for only the second time in program history while scoring four game-winning goals (five total). Harkes, the son of former United and USMNT midfielder John Harkes, joined the D.C. United youth academy in 2009 and captained both the Under-16 and Under-18 teams. The midfielder was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, D.C. in 2011. In January 2014, Harkes was called up to the U.S. Under-20 camp.
2013 All-ACC Freshman Team
2014 All-ACC Second Team
2015 All-ACC First Team
2015 NSCAA All-South Region Second Team
2015 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team
2014 All-ACC Academic Team
2015 ACC All-Academic Team
2016 All-ACC Academic Team
United signed Ian Harkes as the club's ninth Homegrown Player on Jan. 23, 2017.