Chivas USA signed forward Caleb Calvert to a Homegrown Player contract on July 5, 2013. The Wrightwood, Calif. native was a part of Chivas USA’s Youth Development Academy for over two years and became the youngest player to sign a professional contract in club history at 16 years, 8 months and 13 days of age.
Calvert was unable to participate in First-Team action during the 2013 MLS regular season after suffering a fracture in his left foot shortly after signing with the club. However, the 6-foot-2 striker made his pro debut during the Rojiblancos’ season finale exhibition against USL-PDL side FC Tucson. In December 2013, Calvert rejoined the Red-and-White’s U-17/18 team in an effort to return to top form ahead of the 2014 preseason and be ready to participate with the First Team. Prior to signing with the senior squad, Calvert was called up to participate with the Reserve Team, where he delivered his first goal in a 2-1 win over Seattle in June of last year.
In the 2012/2013 U.S Soccer Development Academy regular season, “Rooney,” as he is known among his teammates, became the leading goal scorer in the nation with 22 tallies, which earned the academy product U-15/16 National Player of the Year honors.