A young soccer prodigy has taken the soccer world by storm by becoming the youngest player ever to be signed to a semi-professional contract in the United States.
Brighton Lee Sagal, at just 12 years old (recently turned 13), has joined the San Fernando Valley FC, a semi-professional soccer team playing in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).
Sagal hails from Beverly Hills. Home-schooled, Sagal has shown exceptional talent and skill that has earned him a place in the San Fernando Valley FC.
Sagal’s passion for soccer runs deep in his veins, thanks to his dad, who played professional soccer in Germany and Sweden, starting his own career with college soccer at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. It is Sagal’s dream to one day play for Manchester City in the English Premier League.
“I am excited to be a part of the San Fernando Valley FC and grateful for the opportunity to play in the UPSL,” said Sagal. “I want to thank my family and coaches for their support and belief in me.”
The San Fernando Valley FC is thrilled to have Sagal on their team. Team leaders believe that his talent and skill will be a game-changer on the field.
“We are excited to have Sagal on board and believe he has a bright future ahead of him,” said the team’s administrator, Gueorgui Hristov, during the signing conference.
Sagal’s signing to the semi-professional team at such a young age is not only a testament to his skill and hard work but also a sign of the growing interest in soccer in the United States.
Interested spectators can catch Sagal in action at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex, where his team, San Fernando Valley FC, will be playing multiple times this season, according to the team schedule.