17- year- old Seaton in line for Reg­gae Boyz de­but

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - MARC STAMP

Seven­teen- year- old for­ward Michael Seaton of DC United in the Ma­jor League Soc­cer ( MLS) could make his de­but for the Reg­gae Boyz against the Soca War­riors of Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly in­ter­na­tional foot­ball match at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex in St James, tonight, start­ing at 8: 30 p. m.

Seaton is one of three teenagers called up for the first time in the Reg­gae Boyz squad. The oth­ers are Kh­e­sanio Hall of St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High and In­sam­nia Co­hen of Manch­ester High, both 18- year- old school­boys.

The DC United striker, who was born in Span­ish Town, rep­re­sented Ja­maica in the Caribbean Foot­ball Union ( CFU) Un­der- 17 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches in July, 2012, tal­ly­ing two goals in wins against Ber­muda and An­tiguaBar­buda.

Seaton pro­gressed through DC United’s Academy sys­tem, start­ing as a Pre- Academy player and join­ing the Un­der- 18 squad last year. He was the lead­ing scorer ( 12 goals) for the Un­der- 15s and the co- lead­ing scorer for the Un­der- 16s, guid­ing the team to a fi­nal- eight fin­ish in the play- offs.

He signed a homegrown player con­tract on Jan­uary 14, 2013, be­com­ing the first player born af­ter the launch of MLS to be signed in the league.

Win­fried Schäfer, Reg­gae Boyz head coach, says that the friendly games against T& T tonight and four days later in that coun­try is the start of the route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Fi­nals.

“We will play lo­cal play­ers, and play­ers play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in the US, as the way for­ward,” Schäfer told STAR Sports.

“There is one player, 17 year- old Michael Seaton, plays in the MLS at DC United, plus two school­boys, and also Jer­maine ‘ Tuffy’ An­der­son, the old­est player in the squad,” the Ger­man- born coach added.

“The train­ing has been good, the school­boys have at­tracted many, many fans to the train­ing ses­sions. They are very good young play­ers. We have to de­velop the right at­ti­tude,” he added.

The teenagers are among 22 play­ers called by Schäfer and his tech­ni­cal staff for the two games.

Ken­wyne Jones

Michael Seaton of DC United in the Ma­jor League Soc­cer ( MLS).

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