The LA Galaxy announced their third signing from the Galaxy Academy this week, with the news Friday that they have officially signed defender Marcus Ferkranus to an MLS contract.
The 17-year-old signs his first pro deal after coming through the academy, which he’s been at since 2017, and after making his debut in the USL Championship for LA Galaxy II in 2020.
“Marcus is a talented prospect who we have seen progress as a player during his time with our Academy and with LA Galaxy II,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese in a team statement. “It is vital that we continue to invest in our youth players and prioritize their growth professionally. We are excited that Marcus will remain with our club as he continues to develop.”
Ferkranus made five appearances for Los Dos last year, two starts, and while I’m not sure if his limited minutes came because of injury or something of the like, only playing 236 minutes means I don’t have a ton to go off of. His starts came at center back, and he’s got the size of a central defender.
Given his limited minutes, again, I’m not sure if the Galaxy decided to sign him because something limited him from playing more with Los Dos last year, or if maybe he’s got foreign suitors and so they want to protect their investment. Time will tell on that front, I suppose. And while we’ll have to see how new head coach Greg Vanney makes use of his squad, I suspect Ferkranus will play significant minutes for Galaxy II in 2021. We’ll see.
Ferkranus is the third Academy player signed to an MLS deal this week, after midfielder Adam Saldaña and defender Jalen Neal.
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