The Galaxy organization has come under fire in recent years for failing to adequately develop young players in a region rich with talent. That being said, it is encouraging that academy players are starting to successfully land the three-tiered jump from the Galaxy academy to Los Dos and finally the first team.
Recent signing Diedie Traore echoes this trend, and now 20-year old striker Ethan Zubak has been handed a Homegrown Player contract after three years with Los Dos.
“Ethan has been an important part of LA Galaxy II’s steady progression over the past three seasons,” general manager Dennis te Kloese. declared in a statement. “Ethan’s personal and professional progression since his time with the Academy has shown in the meaningful and consistent minutes he has earned in the USL. We look forward to his contributions to the first team and to his continued development within our club. We want to also thank and recognize Arsenal FC Academy and Legends FC for their role in Ethan’s development both on and off the field.”
The Homegrown Player designation means Zubak’s salary will not count against the cap.