Chivas USA currently have two Homegrown players on their roster, and one of them has yet to make his full professional debut. But on the bright side, we just might be able to see him in action on Monday evening, as forward Caleb Calvert is among the players called up for the first annual Homegrown Game, as part of MLS All-Star Game festivities this week in Portland.
Calvert is just 17, and has been playing with the Chivas USA Reserves and with the CUSA U-18 team, and he's apparently seen as a player for the future. Still, with the club languishing in attack, with the exception of Erick Torres, and no forward stepping up to provide any credible option alongside Cubo, it's a bit of surprise that Calvert hasn't at least gotten a run out late in a game or two this season.
Although I don't expect him to start for the Homegrowns against the Portland Timbers U-23s (7 pm PT, stream on ESPN3 and MLSsoccer.com), I figure he should get at least a few minutes. After all, he's not the only player to feature who's yet to make his pro competitive debut who was called up for the game.
Since it's the first game of it's kind, it will be interesting to see how it goes tonight. Adding a variation of the "Rookie" game at All-Star festivities makes sense and hopefully the Homegrown Game can turn into a pretty cool annual event.
It would be nice to see Calvert get some minutes for the CUSA first team in the final months of this season. The Goats' other Homegrown player, Marky Delgado, only saw the field once during his first season, 2012, before he started getting regular minutes the following season. And if Calvert can develop at a similar clip to Delgado, then this club will have two very promising young players on their hands in the coming years.
But will we be able to get a glimpse of the future this evening? Here's hoping.
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