The Washington Times - January 14, 2013, 03:54PM

D.C. United on Monday signed 16-year-old forward Michael Seaton to a first-team contract, adding the Capitol Heights resident to the club’s already-impressive homegrown player corps.

Seaton, a dual U.S.-Jamaican citizen, joins Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, Conor Shanosky and Ethan White as players signed from United’s youth academy to the first team. Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds, Seaton has represented Jamaica at the under-17 national team level and played the full 90 minutes as a guest player for United in a reserve match against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 21.

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“As an attacking player, Michael has an excellent work rate and is a real handful for opposing defenses,” general manager Dave Kasper said. “He will have some terrific mentors in Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius, and [coach Ben Olsen] and his staff will have another young player with an upside to integrate into the first team.”

It’s been a youthful offseason for United, who last week added 20-year-old striker Rafael as a designated player.