Orange County Soccer Club have signed on 14-year-old Francis Jacobs, making him the youngest professional male signing in U.S. football history.
Jacobs, who is fourteen years, four months and twenty-nine days old, signed a deal with the second-tier United Soccer League club, he could make his debut on Saturday against Las Vegas Lights FC.
“I am very excited for Francis, who is a young and gifted local talent, to join our team,” said head coach Braeden Cloutier.
Jacobs had also trained with Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln.
His signing eclipses that of Freddy Adu, who was fourteen years, five months and sixteen days when he joined DC United in 2003.
Adu won a major contract from Nike but bounced around a slew of clubs and never quite made an impact that his early promise indicated.