D.C. United announced the signing of 16-year-old forward Michael Seaton to a homegrown contract, the fifth player since the fall of 2009 to jump from the club’s academy program to the first team.

Seaton’s signing was first reported by the Insider on Friday.

“The main goal of the academy is to prepare players for these moments,” Sonny Silooy, United’s director of youth development, said in a written statement. “He has the tools and a lot of potential. We have been impressed at his rate of development, and look forward to his future.”

Seaton was born in Jamaica before settling in the Washington area at age 7. He lives in Capitol Heights, Md., and is a junior at Central High School in Prince George’s County. He developed with Freestate Soccer Alliance, a youth program that last month became affiliated with United for development purposes.

Seaton played for United’s under-15, under-16 and under-18 squads and has appeared twice for Jamaica’s under-17 national team.

“Michael has made big strides in a short amount of time and is ready to take the next step,” General Manager Dave Kasper said. “As an attacking player, Michael has an excellent work rate and is a real handful for opposing defenses.”

More details to come…..