The Sounders announced Wednesday the signing of 17-year-old forward Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, the 13th homegrown player signing in club history. The signing comes on the heels of 15-year-old Danny Leyva’s first-team contract in April.
Ocampo-Chavez helped lead the Sounders U-17 team to the 2019 Generations adidas Cup last month. He is currently the leading scorer for the U.S. U-17 national team this cycle with five goals in 14 matches.
“Alfonso is a good young player who is doing well within our developmental system,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said in a news release. “The coaching staff is looking forward to integrating him into our team and assessing his progress towards contributing as a first-team player.”
Ocampo-Chavez made his professional debut at age 15 when he played a full 90 minutes for the USL Sounders 2 against the Real Monarchs in 2017. For the now-named Tacoma Defiance this season, he’s appeared in three games — starting two — and recorded two shots.
MLS teams have signed 23 teenagers since 2018 as the league moves to find younger talent.
“It’s a testament to the development system we have in place,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said. “Alfonso is a talented young player who has proven himself among his peers, and now he has the opportunity to show what he can do at a higher level.”