It's still been less than a year since Michael Seaton became the fifth homegrown player signed to D.C. United's senior team. But what a year it's been for the 17-year-old. He started the year as a bit of a curiosity, MLS' own Martin Van Buren - the first player signed who was born after the league was founded. He wasn't expected to get much, if any, playing time, at least not at RFK Stadium, but he did manage to make a couple substitute appearances and even cracked Ben Olsen's XI once after spending most of the season on-loan with the Richmond Kickers. We knew he had size, strength, drive and - maybe above all else - pace, but we didn't know if he'd put all the pieces together to become a successful pro.
By all accounts, Seaton has grown well beyond the young kid who we knew so little about last January. So much so, in fact, that he was called up by his native Jamaica a couple weeks back, barely 10 months after signing his first professional contract. And then he made his full international debut for the Reggae Boyz, coming on in the second half of a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago and, apparently, helping to improve the team's performance (though they'd end the game scoreless).
But you know Seaton's not content. He's kept moving the goalposts on himself since the day he joined the youth academy. First it was join the first team at an unreasonably young age (Check). Then it was scoring goals and winning games where he played (Check). International debut (Check). Now he wants first team minutes and goals. He's been ahead of any rational timeline for a while now, so you won't hear me doubting him. Not right now.
All of which is to say, our decision today should be a fairly easy one. Of course, that decision is whether to give Seaton Cake (and a roster spot on next year's D.C. United) or Death (and his walking papers). Vote in our poll and then share your thoughts on young Mr. Seaton in the comments.