It’s finally time to be excited, Rochester.
After an accolade-laden freshman season at the University of Virginia, Rochester native Jordan Allen has signed a Homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake of MLS.
Allen is eligible for this signing mechanism, which allows him to join RSL without going through the MLS draft, after spending a couple seasons with the club’s residency academy in Casa Grande, Arizona. In addition to an All-ACC Freshman Team, a second-team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Team, and a third-team All-ACC selection for his freshman season with Virginia, the versatile 18 year old racked up numerous personal awards for his club play with RSL.
Allen was named the u-16 Western Conference Player of the Year for the USSF Development Academy for his outstanding play in 2012. Top Drawer Soccer placed Jordan behind only professionals Diego Fagundez, Zach Pfeffer, and Jack McBean in a list of the best talent nationally for his high school graduation year.
Before moving out west to join RSL’s academy, Allen was a standout for local academy club Empire United (now Empire Revolution) and his high school, the Aquinas Institute. Son of former Rochester Rhino Howard Allen, Jordan has a killer mix of athleticism and the critical ability to read the game. Youth national team coach Javier Perez tapped into this skill to groom Jordan as an attacking fullback, while he is also naturally able to play as a forward, a winger, or a traditional wide midfielder.
Real Salt Lake’s coaches have seen a lot of Jordan in academy games at both the u-16 and u-18 level, the MLS Reserve League, youth national team appearances, and the NCAA season that just ended. Apparently the coaching staff likes what they have seen and couldn’t wait until 2014 to sign the talented wide player.
RSL announced they had signed Allen to a Homegrown contract around 5:30 EST/3:30 MST on December 31.