TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
LAFC announced the signing of midfielder Bryce Duke as they opened their preseason slate with a 2-0 friendly win over Penarol on Saturday night, handing the 18-year-old his first appearance with the club after acquiring his Homegrown rights from Real Salt Lake and inking him to an HGP deal.
A native of Casa Grande, Arizona, former home of RSL’s residential academy, Duke is a US youth international who arrives at the reigning Supporters’ Shield holders from the Under-18/19 Development Academy side of the Barca Residency Academy, who succeeded RSL at the Casa Grande facility. LAFC sent Salt Lake $50,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money in order to acquire his rights.
“We have monitored Bryce’s progress closely and we believe that he has what it takes to succeed at the next level,” said LAFC EVP & GM John Thorrington in a club release. “We are delighted that he has chosen to start his professional career with LAFC as he continues to develop as a person and player.”
Duke scored five goals in 13 games (12 starts) for Barca AZ this season, after tabbing 16 goals in 59 games over three years in RSL’s youth system. He played the second half of Saturday's friendly at Banc of California Stadium.