HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Benfica on March 27, 2018.
Horta is a technically gifted midfielder with enormous versatility. He will look to continue to develop into a top player with LAFC in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: Horta has made 28 appearances for the Portuguese youth international teams, tallying his first international goal in a friendly against Japan’s U-23 side on May 23, 2016. Horta scored his second goal in a 4-2 friendly win over Switzerland’s U-21 last March.
OUTSIDE MLS: A promising youth international for the Portuguese national team, Horta spent his first four professional seasons in Portugal’s top division. While on loan at Braga this season, Horta appeared in 15 league matches, tallying one goal and six assists. In all, he saw action in 23 games, including five of the club’s Europa League matches. Last season, Horta tallied a goal and an assist in 10 league matches for Benfica, while also appearing in the team’s first two UEFA Champions League group games. Horta played an instrumental role in helping the club win the domestic treble after lifting the Premier League, Cup of Portugal and Super Cup trophies. The 5-foot-9 midfielder spent eight years in Benfica’s youth system prior to joining Vitória Setúbal in 2012. He would make his first team debut on December 12, 2014 and go on to appear in 42 matches across two seasons at Vitória, registering two goals and four assists.