The Los Angeles Galaxy announced the signing of former Corona del Mar High School sophomore and Galaxy academy product Jack McBean today, making the six-foot target striker the fourth-youngest player ever to sign with MLS.
McBean is currently with the U.S. Under-17 team in Jamaica, preparing for next month’s CONCACAF U-17 championship, which will determine the region’s representatives in the U-17 World Cup (Mexico, June 18-July 10). He will join the Galaxy’s preseason camp following the U-17 qualifiers, and become the club’s second Homegrown Player after Tristan Bowen, whom LA traded in December.
With MLS rosters expanding from 24 to 30 this season (and the reintroduction of the Reserve Division), there’s a good chance that McBean will stick with the club in 2011.
“He is strong with his back to the goal and athletically good at 16,” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, according to the Orange County Register. “[But] we don’t get any bonus point for playing 16-, 17-, 18-year-old players, so he is now with the men. We’ll see how that adds up in our environment.”