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LAFC sends $50,000 to the Union for Homegrown rights to Tomas Romero

The Union Academy grad won a national championship with Georgetown University in 2019

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

LAFC is sending $50,000 in General Allocation Money to the Philadelphia Union. In exchange for the homegrown player rights to Union Academy alum and goalkeeper Tomas Romero. The transaction does not include any sell on fee percentages to the U if Romero is sold to a team outside MLS in the future.

The 20-year-old Cherry Hill native recently played for Georgetown University. While playing with the Hoyas, he recorded 10 wins with seven shutouts. He also helped lead Georgetown to the University’s first NCAA Soccer College Cup title by making the final save in a penalty kick shootout.

During the fall, Romero trained with Philadelphia Union II while the Big East conference canceled fall sports and the Hoyas were unable to train.

Before starting college, Romero played for the Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC, which is now known as Union II. In 2017, he became the youngest goalkeeper to start a USL Championship match at the age of 16. Prior to joining the academy, Romero played for South Jersey club Real Jersey FC.

With this trade, the Union has gained up to $325,000 in General Allocation Money since the start of the new year. $225,000 ($50,000 now, up to $175,000 based on player performance in the future) of that is from Nashville SC when the Union traded two picks from this year’s MLS SuperDraft and next year’s first round pick. The other $50,000 is from FC Dallas, when the U traded away the homegrown player rights to midfielder Kalil ElMedkhar.