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. Salloi enjoyed a breakout year in 2018, leading all MLS Homegrown Players with 23 combined goals (16) and assists (seven) in all competitions. That year he won Sporting's Golden Boot award as the club's top scorer with 11 league goals and 16 in all competitions.
2019: MLS regular season: Has made four substitute appearances (68 minutes played). Concacaf Champions League: Started two of five appearances (152 minutes played). Featured in both wins over Deportivo Toluca FC in the Round of 16, making his tournament debut for Sporting in a 3-0 first-leg win on Feb. 21 at Children's Mercy Park. Featured in both games of a 4-2 aggregate win over Independiente in the Quarterfinals. Open Cup: Has not featured. MLS Cup Playoffs: Has not featured.
2018: Won Sporting KC's Golden Boot award as the club's top scorer with 11 league goals and 16 strikes in all competitions. MLS regular season: Started 26 of 29 appearances, recording 11 goals and seven assists (2,291 minutes played). Assisted Johnny Russell's goal and Felipe Gutierrez's game-winning strike in a thrilling 4-3 victory at the Chicago Fire on March 10. Assisted Felipe Gutierrez's game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on March 17. Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory at the LA Galaxy on April 8. Assisted Jimmy Medranda's stunning strike in a historic 6-0 hammering of Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 20. Scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on May 5. Bagged the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Atlanta United FC on May 9. Scored a sensational goal in a 4-1 win over Minnesota United FC on June 3. Recorded a goal and two assists to lead an epic 3-2 comeback victory over the Houston Dynamo on June 23, slotting home in the 59th minute before assisting Diego Rubio's 85th-minute equalizer and Khiry Shelton's 88th-minute winner. Scored his sixth goal of the season in a 4-2 loss at Real Salt Lake on July 4. Scored a 97th-minute goal in a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas on July 28. Assisted Diego Rubio's second goal in a 3-0 win over Portland on Aug. 18. Scored two late goals in a 4-1 comeback victory at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Oct. 17. Scored the game-winner in a 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Oct. 21 to hit 10 league goals on the season. Scored a late goal in a 2-1 win over LAFC on Oct. 28, becoming the first Sporting KC player in club history to bag a game-winner in three straight MLS matches. Open Cup: Played 15 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 fourth-round win over Real Salt Lake on June 6. Started and played 85 minutes in a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas in the Round of 16 on June 16, scoring goals in both halves for his first career Sporting KC brace. Started and played 90 minutes in a 4-2 quarterfinal loss at the Houston Dynamo on July 18. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started four matches and scored three goals (328 minutes played). Started and played 83 minutes in a 1-1 conference semifinal first leg draw at Real Salt Lake on Nov. 4. Started and played 90 minutes in a 4-2 conference semifinal second-leg win over Real Salt Lake on Nov. 11, becoming the first Homegrown Player in MLS history to score twice in a playoff match. Started and played 90 minutes in a 0-0 conference championship first-leg draw at Portland on Nov. 25. Started and played 65 minutes in a 3-2 conference championship second-leg loss to Portland on Nov. 29, scoring the opening goal in the first half.
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.
Salloi has tallied one goal and two assists in four appearances for the Hungary U-21 Men's National Team, with all appearances coming in 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying. After debuting in a 2-2 draw against Sweden on Nov. 10, 2017, Salloi notched a goal and an assist to pace a 2-0 win over Cyprus on Nov. 14. The following spring, he assisted a goal in a 4-0 win over Cyprus on March 22, 2018.
The 22-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.