D.C. United have signed D.C. United Academy product and Loudoun United FC defender Jacob Greene as the 15th Homegrown Signing in club history. The 17-year-old joins Bill Hamid, Moses Nyeman, Kevin Paredes, Donovan Pines, and Griffin Yow on the list of Academy products currently playing for the Black-and-Red.
“We have been monitoring Jacob’s development from his days in the D.C. United Academy through his time with our USL affiliate, Loudoun United FC,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “Towards the end of the season, Jacob was consistently training with the first team and has proven that he has what it takes to make the jump to the next level. Jacob is another example of how valuable Loudoun United has been for developing young players and getting them important professional minutes.”
Born in Crofton, Md., Greene joined the D.C. United Academy in 2014 and has represented the Black-and-Red for various age groups. The defender appeared in 113 games (99 starts) for the Academy; scoring nine goals before signing with the Black-and-Red’s USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC, in their inaugural season in 2019.
“This is another proud moment for the D.C. United Academy and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Jacob,” Dave Sanford, D.C. United Academy Director, said. “Ever since he joined the Academy in 2014, Jacob has shown that he has the talent, desire, and work ethic to achieve great things for this club. We also want to thank ownership and the technical staff for continuing to work closely with the Academy to create a tangible pathway to the first team for our youth players.”
Greene made his professional debut for Loudoun United on July 29, 2019 in a 3-0 win against Louisville City FC. In total, Greene has made 15 appearances and totaled 1,195 professional minutes in the USL Championship.
The D.C. United Academy remains one of the most successful youth systems for developing soccer players in the United States. The Black-and-Red now have six Homegrown Players on their current roster in Jacob Greene, Moses Nyeman, Kevin Paredes, Griffin Yow, Donovan Pines, and Bill Hamid. Hamid has recorded the most minutes played as a Homegrown Player in MLS history (22,119 minutes played).