It may have taken longer than some would have liked, but at long last, the San Jose Earthquakes have signed their first Homegrown player.
The Earthquakes announced Friday that they have come to terms on a Homegrown deal with Indiana attacking midfielder Tommy Thompson, who will forego his final three years of college eligibility pending the signing of the contract next week. Thompson, an 18-year-old Loomis, Calif., native, informed his Hoosiers teammates of his decision on Friday morning.
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Thompson was a key part in Indiana claiming the Big Ten Tournament title and reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2013. He led the Hoosiers with five goals and three assists in 16 games in 2013 and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Prior to leaving for Indiana, Thompson spent some time with the Earthquakes in Reserve League action. He dished out four assists in five appearances.