San Antonio FC Signs Academy Product Leo Torres
Leo Torres has officially signed his first professional contract with San Antonio FC of the USL. The SAFC Academy product is now the youngest player to sign a professional contract with a USL team at 15 years and 23 days.
San Antonio FC Academy is committed to developing top talent in the region with teams that compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the highest tier of youth soccer in the United States.
At 15 years and 23 days old, Torres is the first SAFC Pro Academy player to sign with the first team and the youngest professional signing in USL Championship history.
Torres will continue to play with the SAFC Pro Academy U15 team through the end of the 2018-19 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, after which he will train with the first team.
The San Antonio native has recorded 18 goals in 36 matches since the program joined the DA prior to the 2017-18 season.
“We’re very proud to have Leo as the first full-time academy player to sign with the first team,” said Darren Powell, SAFC head coach. “This is a wonderful opportunity for him to take the next steps as we look to integrate him into the squad while he keeps evolving, working hard, and showing good character.”
Torres originally joined the SAFC Pro Academy in 2016 and was part of the initial squad that the program put together.
Throughout his time with the SAFC Pro Academy, Torres has been called up to U.S. Youth National Team camp on two occasions, most recently receiving a call up to the U15 camp in Carson, California, in late January.
“We’re thrilled for Leo,” said Nick Evans, SAFC Pro Academy Director. “This is a reflection of his hard work as well as the defined pathway that we have in place here for youth players throughout the club. We’re committed to our process and identity, and we’re proud to have local players representing this club and city.”
“I’m excited and honored to play for this club,” said Torres. “I would like to thank all of my academy coaches, the first team staff and the entire organization for this opportunity. I’m thrilled to be the first academy player to sign with the first team, and I look forward to continuing to progress while representing my city.”
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