"Ignacio had a strong preseason and showed his talent in our games and training sessions," said head coach and general manager Bruce Arena. "We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his development going forward."
The Iona college forward led the Metro Atlantic Athlete Conference with 11 goals last season and added 5 assists, earning MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and NSCAA All-Northeast Region first team honors. Turning heads at the MLS player combine, the Madrid born Spanish attacker spent years at La Liga side Getafe's youth academy.
It was hard not to be impressed watching Nacho in action during a pre season closed-door scrimmage vs. the Sounders. He's not the paciest attacker, but he's quick. Calm and composed on the ball, Nacho displayed natural playmaking abilities and read the game extremely well. In fact, he didn't seem fazed by the speed of play at all.
What role will Nacho play with the Galaxy this year? It's hard to tell. As we reported earlier, Nacho is one of several young attackers Bruce expects to challenge for the left midfield spot vacated by Landon Donovan. After putting in a solid performance and scoring the game winning goal vs. Chicago, Jose Villarreal appears to be the incumbent, with Bradford Jamieson IV vying for time and Baggio Husidic also available.
For now, I would expect Nacho to continue to train with the first team and possibly earn minutes off the bench. He's just too talented to be
relegated dropped to Los Dos.
What do you think?