After hearing about this move earlier this week, Chivas USA have made it official Friday: 16-year-old Academy forward Caleb Calvert has been signed to a Homegrown contract.
The team announced that Calvert is the youngest player signed in club history, and he joins another Homegrown signing on the roster, Marky Delgado, who has received more playing time under current coach Jose Luis Real than under previous coaches Chelis and Robin Fraser.
Since Calvert was a part of Chivas USA's Academy for two years, he does not have to wait a period to officially become eligible for the first team, as Delgado had to last year after being part of the Academy less than the minimum amount of time required. In fact, Chivas announced he's eligible as soon as Sunday against the Montreal Impact, although it is unclear if he will travel with the team to that match.
Calvert played most of this past USSDA season with Chivas' U-18 team, and finished fourth in the nation in scoring. Nicknamed "Rooney," for his former habit of wearing a Wayne Rooney jersey to practice, if Calvert makes his first team debut before he turns 17 in October, he'll match the age of the English superstar's full professional debut.
Obviously, as a youngster, and a new pro, Calvert will need time to adjust to the new level. However, given how few pure forwards are actually on the roster at the moment, it isn't inconceivable that Real will give him some minutes in the coming games, to see how he looks in an MLS game.
Congratulations Caleb, and welcome aboard!
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