Sporting Kansas City signed forward Daniel Salloi as the fourth Homegrown Player in club history on Jan. 13, 2016. In June of that year, he was loaned to Hungarian club Vasas SC for the remainder of the season.
Salloi made his Sporting KC debut as a second-half substitute on April 9, 2017, in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Children's Mercy Park, becoming the fourth Homegrown Player to appear for the club.
2017: MLS regular season: Started 12 of 22 appearances, recording three goals and two assists (1172 minutes played). Made his Sporting KC debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on April 9. Scored his first career MLS goal on July 1 against Portland Timbers. Assisted on Diego Rubio's goal against Philadelphia Union on July 6. Scored a superb solo goal and tallied an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on July 29. Scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Sept. 24. Open Cup: Earned his first career start for the club with a 90-minute performance in a 4-0 fourth-round win over Minnesota United FC on June 14, scoring his first Sporting KC goal in the 83rd minute. Played 35 minutes as a second-half substitute against FC Dallas on July 11, scoring the final goal of the game. Played 43 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes following a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time on Aug. 9, converting his penalty in the shootout. Played 47 minutes as a first-half substitute in a 2-1 Open Cup Final victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 20, scoring the game-winning goal in the 66th minute for his third tally of the tournament. MLS Cup Playoffs: Played 69 minutes as a first-half substitute in a 1-0 extra-time loss at the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 26.
2016: MLS regular season: Did not feature. Was on the substitutes bench for the first time in his MLS career in a 1-0 win at Seattle Sounders FC on March 6. Open Cup: Did not feature. Swope Park Rangers: Scored four goals and three assists in 10 USL appearances between March and June. Loan to Hungary: Salloi spent the last six months of 2016 on loan in his native Hungary with Gyirmot SE.
Sporting KC Academy (2014-15)
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Salloi moved to the United States in August 2014 as an AFS exchange student and attended Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He joined the Sporting Kansas City Academy U-18s for the 2014-15 season and scored a team-high 21 goals in 28 appearances, including three hat-tricks in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Salloi and the Sporting KC U-18s — coached by former Hungarian international Istvan Urbanyi — finished 2014-15 with a 14-8-5 regular season mark, the club’s best-ever record in the USSDA. The U-18s were 11-1-2 when Salloi scored and went on a 12-game unbeaten run from January to May to secure a berth in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs. Salloi had 15 goals during the second half of the season and tallied a hat-trick in his final U-18 appearance.
Ujpest FC (2011-14, 2015-16)
Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Salloi played for Hungarian side Ujpest FC in Budapest at the U-16, U-17 and U-21 levels. He earned the club’s U-16 and U-17 academy player of the year honors and joined the Hungary U-18 Men’s National Team in 2013.
After a successful spell with the Sporting KC U-18s, Salloi returned to Hungary in July 2015 to sign an amateur contract for Ujpest FC’s senior team, a 20-time champion in Hungary’s first division. He made his professional debut in the top-tier OTP Bank Liga on July 18, the day before his 19th birthday.
Salloi scored his first professional goal in just his second appearance, netting the game-winner in a 3-1 victory over Vasas Budapest on July 25. He scored four goals in a 14-1 win over Vertessomloi KSK in the Hungarian Cup First Round on Aug. 12 and added two goals and two assists in the Round of 16 as Ujpest FC defeated Zalaegerszeg 5-0 on Oct. 28. The forward ended his stay at Ujpest FC with seven goals and four assists in 16 matches across all competitions.
The 19-year-old striker is the fourth generation of his family to play professional soccer. His father, Istvan Salloi, scored more than 130 goals during a 16-year career playing in Hungary and Israel. He also appeared 13 times for the Hungary Men’s National Team from 1992-1995.