Hours before the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in which LA have no first or second round picks, the Galaxy have acquired a young talent of their own. This morning the club signed 18-year-old Los Dos defender Hugo Arellano to the senior squad.
Arellano is the 6th Homegrown player on the roster, following in the footsteps of Gyasi Zardes, Raul Mendiola, Jose Villarreal, Bradford Jamieson IV and Jack McBean.
“Hugo is a young, talented defender who we have seen develop as a member of our Academy and LA Galaxy II,” Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo said in a statement. “In addition to his time with Los Dos, he is highly regarded at the youth international level and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow both on and off the field as a member of the Galaxy.”
Outside of his time with LA Galaxy II, Arellano has extensive international experience, representing the U.S. at different levels of the youth system since 2012. In 2015, Arellano captained the U.S. U-17 Youth National Team in the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup. In 2016, he was named to the U.S.’s U-20 roster for the 2016 U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational at StubHub Center. Prior to his time as a professional, Arellano featured for the LA Galaxy Academy U-18’s.