The Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire have joined DC United, Chivas USA and the New York Red Bulls as teams that can now sign players who have graduated from their youth academies to their senior rosters, MLS sources told SBI on Monday.
The Dynamo and Fire have submitted lists of players who have spent two years in their respective teams youth programs, with both teams having established programs for the required two years. There is no word yet on whether either Houston or Chicago is intending to sign any youth academy players before the start of the 2008 season.
Houston and Chicago bring the number of MLS teams that can sign youth academy players to five. New England and Toronto are the only established MLS teams that still do not have youth academies in place but both are in the process of trying to establish programs that will launch during the 2008 season.
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