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Back in 2007, MLS enacted an initiative which allowed clubs to sign home grown players straight from the academies, rather than lose them to the draft. This change is only now beginning to pick up steam, with a cluster of clubs taking advantage of it in 2010.

The Kansas City Wizards became the latest club to partake, by signing goalkeeper Jon Kempin. The 17-year-old signed as a Generation adidas player after coming through the Wizards Juniors youth development academy.

“This a dream come true,” Kempin said. “It’s an exciting time for the Wizards organization and I feel blessed to be the team’s first home grown player. I’m also really looking forward to learning under Jimmy Nielsen. He’s had a great season and he's definitely one of the top keepers in Major League Soccer.”

In the U.S. youth international, Kansas City goalkeeper coach John Pascarella thinks the team have found the makings of a winner.

“I think that he's a promising young goalkeeper,” Pascarella said. “He's quick, he has good hands and he brings a presence that you don't normally see with someone his age. We're looking forward to getting him into a full-time professional environment.”

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