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D.C. United signs Ian Harkes as homegrown player

18:42 EAT 23/01/2017
Ian Harkes Wake Forest
The Hermann Trophy winner becomes the club's ninth homegrown player.

D.C. United has announced the signing of midfielder Ian Harkes as a homegrown player. 

Harkes, the son of former DCU and U.S. national team captain John, joins after spending four years at Wake Forest University. His collegiate career was capped off this year when he won the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the country's best college soccer player. 

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“I’ve known Ian nearly his entire life and have watched him develop into one of the nation’s best young talents." DCU head coach Ben Olsen said in a club release. "He has all the tools to succeed at the next level and I look forward to being a part of his pro career." 

Harkes, 21, signs with DCU after spending time with the club's academy as a youth player. He explored options abroad before eventually deciding to follow in his father's footsteps and join D.C. United. 

“We are thrilled to have reached an agreement to sign Ian as a homegrown player,” United general manager Dave Kasper said. “He has developed into a high-level midfielder who has all the tools to be successful in MLS. We look forward to having Ian back wearing the United badge."