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Friday, January 21, 2011
Galaxy courting Newport Beach sophomore

By Scott French

The Galaxy appear to be prepared to offer Jack McBean what Major League Soccer calls a “homegrown” contract.


McBean turned 16 last month.

The Corona del Mar High School sophomore, who is in U.S. Soccer's under-17 residency in Bradenton, Fla., is in negotiations with the Galaxy, Sea Kings coach George Larsen told the Daily Pilot. Larsen said McBean's father, Scotty, called him after L.A. made an offer Tuesday.

“They were anticipating taking a week to two weeks to finalize all the details to the contract,” Larsen told the Daily Pilot. “It's a special moment for a kid who is getting a special opportunity. He deserves that opportunity. I couldn't be prouder of him. We're all rooting for him. We're hoping to see him in that [Galaxy] jersey.”

A Galaxy official confirmed the team was in talks with McBean.

McBean, whom Larsen coached at Slammers FC in Newport Beach, played for the Galaxy's under-16 team and is eligible for a “homegrown” contract, which enables MLS clubs to sign players developed in their academies.

The 6-foot forward was one of the stars, as a freshman, when Corona del Mar last year won the CIF Southern Section Division IV and Southern California Regional Division II championships. He played only once for the Sea Kings this season before heading to Florida.

The Galaxy opens its preseason camp Monday and will be on the field the first time on Jan. 31.