Los Angeles Football Club finally signed Andre Horta
, the 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder it has been seeking to sign for months.
Horta has been playing at Braga on loan from
Benfica, and Braga has been reluctant to release him before the end of the Portuguese league season. If he stays at Braga, he won't be able to join LAFC until the second U.S. transfer window opens on
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reported
that the transfer
fee for Horta is $7 million.
LAFC has won its first two MLS games but has benefited from two weeks off as it gets into gear. Young Canadian Mark-Anthony Kaye
has been excellent in
the position Horta is expected to play in central midfield.
Horta joins Mexican star Carlos Vela
and 20-year-old Uruguayan Diego Rossi
as LAFC's three Designated Players.
LAFC general manager John Thorrington
said Horta's signing was another statement of the type of team it is building.
"It is rare, if not unprecedented," he said, "for a player of
his age, pedigree, and options to join MLS, and we know he will make our city and fans proud.”