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D.C. United Season Review: Michael Seaton

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We look at the season of the homegrown forward and Jamaican international.

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News of Michael Seaton being the first player to sign an MLS contract having been born after the league's inception was a nice note, and Seaton did get some time with the 2013 first season though spent most of it with the Richmond Kickers. In 2014, a bit more of the time was spread over several areas, and there was some poor luck involved as well.

He did return to the Kickers initially for 2014, but an injury to Conor Doyle moved Seaton up the depth chart, and even saw time as a sub in an August game against the Houston Dynamo before Seaton suffered a quadriceps injury that shelved him for a month and prompted the team to acquire David Estrada from the Seattle Sounders for depth. Seaton eventually returned and started the first half against the Chicago Fire in September, handling himself well despite Bakary Soumare's objection.

Seaton scored three in eight games with Richmond, but also in 2014 started seeing increased time with Jamaica's National Team. His first cap was in November of 2013 and he scored his first goal in March against St. Lucia and another in May against Serbia. He already has 11 caps with the Reggae Boyz, including taking part in the Final of the Caribbean Cup, where the Jamaicans won, qualifying them for next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as 2016's Copa America.

Seaton is the fifth homegrown player to be signed by D.C. for the first team, just ahead of Collin Martin. And with the pair, one could certainly envision a duo that could see more playing time in the senior roster the closer a stadium becomes to reality. And like Martin, Seaton was exempt from the Expansion Draft. For the sake of the exercise I've included the poll, but when you vote, I'd also ask what are your expectations for Seaton's progress in 2015, for club and/or country?