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Earthquakes Sign 16-Year-Old Rohan Rajagopal to Contract as Homegrown Player

May 9, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
San Jose Earthquakes News Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Rohan Rajagopal to a contract as a Homegrown Player. The Quakes Academy midfielder has represented the United States Youth National Team at the Under-15 level.

"Rohan has been with the club for a number of years and has truly been a model Quakes Academy player and person. He has been relentless on and off the field to improve his game and achieve his goals," said Earthquakes technical director John Wolyniec. "We are proud to be the club where Rohan starts his pro career and believe his talents will thrive in the way we want to play."

Rajagopal, 16, will join the Earthquakes' second team, The Town FC, on an MLS NEXT Pro contract for the 2024 and 2025 seasons before becoming an Earthquakes Homegrown Player effective January 1, 2026. His MLS contract runs through the 2027 season with a club option for 2028.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," said Rajagopal. "I've been with the club for a while in the Quakes Academy, so it always means more when it's something you can relate to, growing up here and watching all the players ahead of me who made it to the first team. Now that I'm trying to create that path for myself, it's something special. I'm looking forward to it."

Originally from Los Altos, California, Rajagopal is rated by TopDrawerSoccer as the No. 1 overall player in the Northern California and Hawaii region for the Class of 2026, as well as 41st overall nationally. He started his soccer journey with local club MVLA before eventually transitioning to the Quakes Academy in 2018.

Rohan Rajagopal

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-6

Weight: 138 lbs.

Born: 06/12/2007

Preferred Foot: Right

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Previous Club: Quakes Academy

Citizenship: USA

Pronunciation: ROE-hawn rah-jah-go-paul

Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) - Earthquakes sign M Rohan Rajagopal to a contract as a Homegrown Player.

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