Jacobs was 14 years, four months and 29 days old when he signed his deal with Orange County SC.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) – A 14-year-old soccer player has signed a professional contract with USL Championship club Orange County SC.
Francis Jacobs is the youngest male player ever to sign a pro soccer contract in the U.S., according to the club.
Jacobs is from Laguna Beach, California. He was 14 years, four months and 29 days old when he signed his deal last month.
That's less than a month younger than Freddy Adu was when he signed with Major League Soccer's D.C. United in November 2003.
🚨 ✍️ Francis Jacobs Signs Professional Contract with Orange County SC.— Orange County Soccer Club (@orangecountysc) August 12, 2019
At 14 years-old, Francis becomes the youngest male professional soccer signing in US history! 🇺🇲 Welcome to the team Francis! #ForCounty
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Jacobs has been training with Orange County SC's first team since May. He has trained at Bayer Leverkusen and Koln in Germany, but the midfielder is starting his pro career near his hometown.
Jacobs could play for Orange County later this season.