Galaxy sign McBean as newest Homegrown Player

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The Los Angeles Galaxy has signed the second Homegrown Player in team history, coming to terms with 16-year-old forward Jack McBean, sources told SBI on Tuesday.

The Newport Beach native is a 6-foot target striker who has spent time with the U.S. Under-17 national team, having joined the Under-17 national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

The Galaxy traded away the club's first Homegrown Player, Tristan Bowen, earlier in the off-season, but add a highly-rated prospect considered one of the top talents to emerge from California in recent years.

One of the best young forwards in the current U.S. Under-17 set-up, McBean is expected to stay with the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program through the CONCACAF Under-17 Championships. He is expected to join the Galaxy after that, before taking part in the Under-17 World Cup in June (if the United States qualifies).

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22 Responses to Galaxy sign McBean as newest Homegrown Player

  1. Colin says:


  2. froboy says:

    As a United fan I don’t like it, as a USMNT fan I am happy

  3. alex says:

    let the “jack the mcbeanstalk” jokes begin!

  4. Jayboy says:

    As a fan of awesome names, I fully support Jack McBean. I certainly hope he chops down imaginary stalks as his goal celebration.

  5. alex says:

    HA! great minds think alike? 😉

  6. bob says:

    How about McLovin?

    all jokes aside, how lucky is this kid. Yeah I work with some guys name David Beckham, landon donavon, and some dude named Angel.

  7. dan says:

    Somewhere Alexi Lalas, Dax McCarty, and Jeff Larentowizc are smiling.

  8. fischy says:

    When this story first floated last week, I was wondering if they’d leave him at Bradenton. Glad to hear they’re doing that. I’m sure he’ll get much better training there than the Galaxy can provide.

  9. BetaMale says:

    I’m sure Arena can’t wait to trade him next season for allocation money.

  10. ga-gone says:

    McBean is a hilarious name. I’m all for it for that reason alone.

  11. BlueandOrange says:

    Does he already have represenation?

  12. patrick says:

    i would assume that once he had an offer from the Galaxy, he found some. Once you make it to Bradenton and into the U17 set up, agents are aware of you. There’s not much for them to do however, when being signed to a standard MLS contract with the the team that has your rights. Basically making sure the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, as they say.

  13. northzax says:

    to be fair, the homegrown deals aren’t exactly regulation contracts, since the player is actually paid by the club, and exempt from the salary cap. but yeah, same dealo. kind of like when Grant Hill hired a lawyer to negotiate his last contract instead of an agent. why pay a percentage instead of a flat rate when there is no real negotiation to have?

    still, nice to see they are leaving him in Bradenton, most homegrown players aren’t ready for MLS (good thing, really)

  14. martha c says:

    I can’t believed LA just signed Mark Zuckerberg. I know money can buy a lot of things but I dindnt know a spot on Galaxy was one of the

  15. PetedeLA says:

    He’s my cousin-in-law!

    Yeah! Just talked about him at Thanksgiving!

  16. StevenG says:

    lol Arena hates kids.

  17. lol thats a stretch there but pretty sweet nonetheless. Have you watched him play? Any insight? Good kid?

  18. Kire DCU says:

    Newport Beach? Hey, I was partying there with the American Outlaws OC chapter last Friday night before the Chile game.

    Congrats kid! Wish ya luck when you’re not playing DCU.

  19. Knowles says:

    This has got to be the greatest name in the history of the USMNT player pool

  20. b says:

    This guy went to the prestigious Hogwarts Academy right? I’m pretty sure I recognize him from the Harry Potter movies…

  21. b says:

    Let’s hope they make a movie about him one day with the tag line “You don’t score 500 goals for the USMNT without making a few enemies”

  22. BCC says:

    What happened to his “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt? The man can dance.