For as long as that he can remember, Francis Jacobs wanted to be a professional soccer player. That dream came true for him when he recently became the youngest male player to ever sign a professional contract at the age of 14 years, four months and 29 days. The previous record for that was set by Freddy Adu, who was only a month and a few days older when he signed with DC United in 2003. The youngest female player to sign professional also happened earlier during the year when Olivia Moultrie signed with the Portland Thorns at the age of 13 years.
Signing Up With Orange County SC
Orange County SC plays their homes games in Irvine at The Great Park. Jacobs lives in the nearby Laguna Beach. Although there was interest from clubs all over the US as well as Europe to sign with the teenager, he preferred to play at a local club. Jacobs’s first appearance is set for the 17th of August when Orange County is taking on the Las Vegas Lights FC. Jacobs joined Orange County after being very successful with the Irvine Strikers. His performance there earned him national recognition and clubs from all over the country was interested in him. Jacobs was also participating last year in the US Junior National Team Camp and played with the United State U-14 National Team. He also had some training opportunities with the Bundesliga clubs, Bayer Leverkusen and Cologne in Germany.
The Future of the Young Star
According to Oliver Wyss, the President of Soccer Operations and also General Manager of the Orange County SC, Jacobs is known for the immense maturity which he shows on the field. He is considered to be far ahead of his peers on that level. He also proved himself to be very manageable and pick up on training quickly. All members of the club are committed to guiding him into the brilliant career ahead of him. His skills are the perfect foundation for a long prosperous career in professional soccer. The location of their practice grounds will allow him to be able to be at practices and to learn from the best skilled and experienced players. Some of their players have experience on an international level in both Europe as well as Mexico. This will provide excellent guidance to the young player.
Jacobs Excited and Appreciative of the Opportunity
Jacobs expressed his appreciation towards the club as well as towards Kestin, Braeden and Oliver, who allowed him to play and to move forward in the future. His dream is to follow in the footsteps of fellow Orange County SC player, Aaron Cervantes. Cervantes signed with OCSC when he was only 15. This was before the USL Championship season in 2018. Now Cervantes is a regular at OCSC and were already appearing on the field for them eight times. Both of these young players will be in the United States U-17 team.