Seven Homegrown Player products were included on the United States title-winning 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, including reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) and two-time MLS All-Star Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas). The duo both played prominent roles for the United States this season and could figure into Bruce Arena’s plans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup roster should the U.S. qualify in October.
In addition to Jackson-Hamel, Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Alphonso Davies starred for Canada at the Gold Cup, winning the tournament’s Young Player Award. The 16-year-old was also named to the tournament Best XI team and finished in a three-way tie for the Golden Boot as the top scorer.
Additionally, five Homegrown Players are currently starting at goalkeeper, as U.S. Men’s National Team players Bill Hamid (D.C. United) and Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) join the group of Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo), Matt Lampson (Chicago Fire) and Jon Kempin (LA Galaxy) as MLS starters.