Indiana freshman Tommy Thompson first San Jose homegrown player

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tommythompsonIndiana freshman forward Tommy Thompson is set to become the San Jose Earthquakes first Homegrown Player after coming to terms with the Major League Soccer club.

Thompson is the second college freshman to sign a Homegrown Player contract since the fall season ended, joining Virginia’s Jordan Allen, who signed with Real Salt Lake.

The 18-year-old Loomis, Calif., native whose brother Tanner also plays for the Hoosiers, only played in 16 games for defending national champions this season due to injury but led the team in goals with five and finished with 13 total points.

After missing the final six games of the regular season, Thompson helped the Hoosiers win the Big Ten Tournament and clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which they were knocked out of by Akron in the first round.

Prior to his short stint in Bloomington, Thompson played for the Earthquakes in the 2013 Reserve League, leading the team with four assists in five appearances. Thompson’s father, Gregg, played for IU from 1978 to 1982, co-captained Indian’s first title team in 1982 and represented the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Four other underclassmen have signed Homegrown Player contracts since the season ended. Wake Forest has lost junior Sean Okoli to the Seattle Sounders and sophomore Jalen Robinson to DC United; Akron junior Bryan Gallego (his homegrown rights acquired from New York) and Stanford sophomore Aaron Kovar also signed with Seattle.

Seven underclassmen were drafted in yesterday’s MLS SuperDraft after signing Generation adidas contracts with the league: UConn junior Andre Blake was taken first by Philadelphia, California junior Christian Dean was taken third by Vancouver, Creighton junior Eric Miller went fifth to Montreal, Hartford junior Damion Lowe went to Seattle at No. 8, Louisville sophomore was picked 12th by Colorado, Wisconsin junior A.J. Cochran was the 16th pick by Houston and Maryland sophomore Schillo Tshuma went a pick later to Portland.

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