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LAFC acquire MLS Homegrown rights to GK Tomas Romero from Philadelphia Union

Club ship $50,000 allocation money as part of the deal.

NCAA Soccer: Dl Men’s College Cup Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LAFC announced Thursday they have acquired the MLS Homegrown rights to goalkeeper Tomas Romero from the Philadelphia Union, in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money.

Romero, 20, is a product of the Union’s academy, and made 17 appearances for the club’s USL team across three seasons on an academy deal, posting two clean sheets and according to the club, is the youngest player in USL history to start and win a game in the league’s modern history.

Romero has also played collegiately at Georgetown, leading the Hoyas to an NCAA title in 2019, his freshman season. A native of New Jersey, Romero is also a youth El Salvador international, having played at the U-17 level in the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Colombia.

This move had been recently been rumored to be in the works, and so it’s not a huge surprise it’s come together. LAFC didn’t have to part with much, basically the minimum in financial terms, to pick up Romero’s rights. It’s worth noting that Romero does not yet appear to have signed a professional deal with LAFC, and there is speculation he could play the scheduled season with Georgetown in the spring before embarking on his pro career, perhaps even beyond this year. But I have to imagine LAFC expect to sign him at some point if they are going to the trouble to acquire his MLS rights, and LAFC do appear to be in the market for a third goalkeeper on the roster for the 2021 season. We’ll keep you posted if and when he is signed officially to a pro deal.

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