Sporting Kansas City signed 19-year-old Daniel Salloi as their fourth Homegrown Player in club history. Salloi played for Sporting KC's academy where he scored 21 goals in 28 matches and an incredible 15 goals in the second half of the season for the U-18's.
The Hungarian forward was from Budapest but moved to the Kansas City area as an exchange student where he was invited to play for Sporting KC's academy under coach Istvan Urbanyi, a fellow Hungarian.
"Our goal as an organization is to continue to develop players in our Academy that can contribute to our senior team," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said via press release. "Daniel is a young player with a lot of potential. I look forward to seeing his progression with our club."
"It means a lot to me to sign my first professional contract with Sporting Kansas City," Salloi said in the release. "It has always been my dream to play professional soccer and I want to thank Peter and the entire organization for this opportunity. I hope to contribute to the club however I can and one day play in front of the great fans at Children's Mercy Park. I also want to thank Ujpest FC for all they have done for me. They have tremendous fans and I wish them nothing but the best in the future."
Salloi returned to Hungary where he signed an amateur contract with Ujpest FC's senior team. The young striker had played for Ujpest FC's academy before coming to Kansas City. He finished his time at Ujpest FC with seven goals and four assists in 16 matches across all competitions.
Salloi will count as an International slot on Sporting KC's roster.
The young Hungarian has a huge upside for Sporting KC but will need to prove he can play and train as a professional. This is another example of Peter Vermes' Hungarian roots paying off for the club.