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LA Galaxy sign Irvine native Nick DePuy

Forward-turned-defender makes way back to MLS.

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Cruz Azul v Los Angeles Galaxy: Semifinal - 2019 Leagues Cup Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday they have signed Nick DePuy to a first-team contract for the 2020 season. The 25-year-old joins after a year playing at LA Galaxy II, where he was the team’s Defender of the Year in 2019. He also featured for the first team last year in their Leagues Cup debut.

“Nick has shown promise in his career with LA Galaxy II and we are confident in his ability to play at an MLS level,” said LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese in a team statement. “He was one of our most consistent defenders last season for Los Dos and we believe he will grow in his role on the first team. We look forward to Nick continuing to represent this club.”

DePuy returns to MLS after being drafted by the Montreal Impact in 2017 out of UC Santa Barbara. The Irvine native entered the pro ranks as a forward, but saw limited minutes for the first team, eventually converting into a defender. The lanky player will look to provide depth for the Galaxy this season.

Here’s more news for your Thursday:

  • New MLS CBA: There’s a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLS and the MLS Players Union, to run through 2024. Read all about it here.
  • MLS jersey releases: The Galaxy already revealed their new primary jersey when Chicharito’s signing was announced, but the teams that hadn’t yet revealed their new kits did so in New York Wednesday evening. For reference, here’s the Chicha lewk again:
Courtesy of LA Galaxy.
  • A peek into the MLS jersey design process: If you want to know about how MLS jerseys are designed the way they are, this eye-opening story in The Athletic by Pablo Maurer is a must-read. I promise you will be astounded by some of the details.

Today’s question: How do you feel about the new MLS CBA agreement? Hard to really dig into what is often some very boring but important info, but initial impressions? Let’s chat in the comments below!