San Antonio FC has signed SAFC Pro Academy midfielder Leo Torres to a professional contract, the club announced on Thursday afternoon.
At age 15, Torres is the youngest professional signing in USL Championship history. He is also the first full-time SAFC Pro Academy player to sign with the first team.
“We’re very proud to have Leo as the first full-time academy player to sign with the first team,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said in a statement. “This is a wonderful opportunity for him to take the next steps as we look to integrate him into the squad while he keeps evolving, working hard, and showing good character.”
Torres will continue to play with the SAFC Pro Academy U-15 team this summer before beginning his transition to the first team. Overall, he has tallied 18 goals in 36 games.
“I’m excited and honored to play for this club,” Torres said. “I would like to thank all of my academy coaches, the first team staff and the entire organization for this opportunity. I’m thrilled to be the first academy player to sign with the first team, and I look forward to continuing to progress while representing my city.”
San Antonio FC will host Saint Louis FC in a pre-season friendly this Saturday and will open the 2019 regular season on March 9 at Toyota Field against Phoenix Rising FC.