Daniel Salloi, Sporting KC Homegrown
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Sporting Kansas City sign Hungarian forward Daniel Salloi as Homegrown Player

Sporting Kansas City announced the signing of 19-year-old forward Daniel Salloi on Wednesday, marking their first Homegrown Player in nearly three years.

Salloi, a native of Budapest, Hungary, was announced Wednesday as the club’s fourth-ever Homegrown Player and the last since Erik Palmer-Brown signed with Kansas City in 2013.

“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 in a club statement. “Daniel is a young player with a lot of potential. I look forward to seeing his progression with our club.”

Salloi moved to the U.S. in 2014 as an exchange student and joined SKC’s Under-18 squad, scoring 21 goals in 28 games under coach Istvan Urbanyi, a former Hungarian international. After that stint, Salloi briefly returned to Upjest FC in Hungary’s first division on an amateur contract.

“It means a lot to me to sign my first professional contract with Sporting Kansas City,” Salloi said in a statement. “It has always been my dream to play professional soccer.”

The striker is eligible under MLS’s Homegrown Player program due to his participation in the club’s youth system and residence in the team’s Homegrown territory.

Along with Palmer-Brown, Salloi joins defender Kevin Ellis and goalkeeper Jon Kempin as SKC’s Homegrown Players.

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