Major League Soccer

Cade Cowell signs new deal with San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Smith
Cowell has already drawn attention from Europe.
Cowell has already drawn attention from Europe. / Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed promising homegrown Cade Cowell to a new deal through the 2025 MLS season.

Cowell will occupy a U22 Initiative slot on the Quakes' roster and has an option on his contract through the 2026 campaign.

“Seeing Cade grow from a promising youth player and having it translate to production at the MLS level has been exciting to watch,” Quakes general manager Chris Leitch said in a press release.

“Not only did he take on a bigger role as a 17-year-old in 2021, but he also earned a selection to the MLS All-Star team and got his first cap with the USMNT. We’re bullish on his future, excited for his contributions in 2022, and couldn’t be happier to sign him to a long-term contract and play an important role in his continued growth.”

Still just 18 years old, Cowell already has 50 MLS regular-season appearances under his belt, scoring six goals and setting up another seven. The teenager was included in the 2021 MLS All-Star Game as one of two picks made by league commissioner Don Garber.

At international level, Cowell is capped across various youth levels for the United States and made his USMNT debut in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in December.

The forward is counted high among the growing list of homegrown talents in Major League Soccer, and has already been linked with European giants Barcelona in the recent past. Cowell will likely remain with the Quakes for the whole of 2022 but it may only be a matter of time until he crosses the Atlantic.