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Report: LAFC interested in U.S. youth international Justin vom Steeg

Santa Barbara native apparently on the market.

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A report out of Germany on Friday claims out-of-contract goalkeeper Justin vom Steeg is being looked at by several teams, including 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club.

The 20-year-old is looking for a new team after serving as a reserve goalkeeper for 2.Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf. According to the report from RP Online, vom Steeg would prefer to stay in Germany for the time being and is a possibility for fellow second-tier side Kaiserslautern. But the report claims three MLS teams — LAFC, Minnesota United, and Toronto FC — are also interested in him.

The TFC link is curious, since they already have two goalkeepers that are starting caliber and a few guys in the pipeline to serve as a capable third-string option. Minnesota United makes a lot more sense, with the loan for John Alvbage, who has been demoted to second-string, about to end. And of course, LAFC has to build a roster and has no goalkeepers.

Vom Steeg, 20, is a Santa Barbara native and the son of legendary UC Santa Barbara head coach Tim von Steeg. A U.S. youth international, vom Steeg played for his dad at UCSB before making the move to Germany to become a pro. He made 13 appearances for Fortuna Dusseldorf’s reserve team in 2016-17, and given his age he’s got a lot of growth left most likely before he’s ready to take the No. 1 slot for a first team somewhere.

Does this make sense for LAFC? Actually, yes. I would absolutely expect him to be depth if he did sign and make the 2018 roster, but a localish product with tons of upside and a good pedigree? He’d make for a great GK project for several years down the line.

But we’ll see. This could be legit, or it could not. He could sign for the new team, or opt to go to a different team. We’ll keep you posted.

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