- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 9, 2010
- 0 Comments
- Francisco Navas Cobo
One thing is certain in Major League Soccer, the academies in place are improving each day. The signs are pointing in the right direction and today another academy star has been signed by his parent club. The Houston Dynamo have announced today that they have signed midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo to a developmental contract, making him the second Dynamo Academy player in team history to be signed to a first-team contract.
Navas Cobo is the 11th player in league history to proceed directly from an academy program to the first team. Houston is the second team to sign multiple players directly from its academy, joining Chivas USA.
The 18-year old becomes the youngest contracted player in team history as well.
From what I’ve read and heard about this kid is he has some real potential to be a special player. One scout told me he has that special “it” quality that coaches are always looking for. Being in Dominic Kinnear’s system will only help him grow as a player too.
I think its great that we’re finally seeing some clubs make the most of their academies here. From Houston and Chivas signing a couple players each, to DC, New York and Dallas making positive strides, the academies are all improving which in the long run will easily help the product on the field in MLS, not to mention with the US Men’s National team.