LAFC announced Monday they have signed goalkeeper Tomas Romero to a professional contract. The 20-year-old joins after a year spent at Georgetown University, where he won the 2019 NCAA title, and 17 appearances for the Philadelphia Union’s USL Championship side.
“Tomas is an exciting prospect with experience at the youth, collegiate and international levels,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “He will be a strong addition to our goalkeeping group, and we look forward to seeing him develop further here at LAFC.”
Romero came through the Union academy, the New Jersey native a highly-touted prospect who also got a taste of the pro game while playing for Bethlehem Steel. LAFC acquired his homegrown rights in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money.
LAFC announced that Romero has also been called up to the El Salvador U-23 national team, which is holding a training camp ahead of Concacaf Olympic qualifying in March. Romero has previously played for El Salvador at the U-17 level, and with the team currently coached by Hugo Perez, it appears the national team program is working harder to bring in dual nationals to bolster the player pool.
Romero is likely to serve as 3rd string goalkeeper for LAFC in 2021 behind Kenneth Vermeer and Pablo Sisniega, and I think there’s a solid chance he’ll go on loan if USL loans become a normal thing again this year. But it looks like LAFC have a succession plan in place for their goalkeeper corps, with another talented prospect joining the club.
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