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Report: Haitian U-17 star Steeve Saint-Duc on trial with LAFC

Could prospect land with MLS expansion team?

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Reports emerged this week from an apparently well-connected Twitter account about a new player on trial with 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club, teenager Steeve Saint-Duc.

The player, a product of Haiti’s national development program, was MVP and Golden Boot winner of the 2016 Caribbean Football Union’s U-17 Championship, as the Haitians won the title. He also played in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, serving as captain as Haiti finished last in their group in that tournament.

Beyond that, there isn’t much info out about Saint-Duc’s history, which isn’t altogether surprising considering his age. Given that he doesn’t appear to be on a contract with a professional team at present, he could be a de facto prospect who may or may not be signed on a pro deal.

The Twitter account that broke the news @AFLHaiti, has been following Saint-Duc’s story this week, saying the player is also due to trial with the Seattle Sounders, though it is unclear if that was to come before or after the LAFC trial.

Now, if you’ve followed transfer rumors for any period of time, you may be familiar with the scenario in which an unknown player trials with your local club, only when you look into it, the pieces don’t add up and somebody was playing fast and loose with the truth. In this case? The following photo makes me think this one is real.

So consider this trial legit. Will it lead to a signing? That’s an entirely different story, one we’ll have to wait and see about.

But for those of you wanting to see LAFC make some moves ahead of their inaugural season, between this trial and the signings of Monday Etim and Rodrigo Pacheco, they are clearly looking for possible prospects for next year and maybe beyond.

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