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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy II announced on Monday the club had signed Academy product Hugo Arellano. The standout 18-year-old defender joins Los Dos in the USL after previously representing the LA Galaxy Academy and U.S. Youth Men’s National Team at various levels.
“Hugo is another talented product of the LA Galaxy Academy that will continue to develop as a professional,” said LA Galaxy Vice President of Soccer Operations Pete Vagenas. “His signing is yet another testament to the success of the LA Galaxy Academy at developing future professionals.”
The Norwalk, Calif. product recently played primarily for the Galaxy U-18’s under head coach Mike Muñoz. This year, in addition to representing the Galaxy at the U-18 level, Arellano has also made two appearances for Los Dos in the USL.
“We think Hugo has very high potential and now is the right time for him become a professional,” said LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski. “He will be positioned in the ideal environment to allow him to progress as a player with LA Galaxy II.”
In addition to his club, Arellano has appeared extensively for his country, representing the U.S. at numerous levels in the youth system. Last year, Arellano captained the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team in the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup. He was most recently named to the United States U-20 roster for the 2016 U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational at StubHub Center earlier this month.
Arellano becomes the 10th Academy product to join LA Galaxy II, joining Adonis Amaya, Alejandro Covarrubias, Ryo Fujii, Eric Lopez, Nathan Smith, Bennett Sneddon, Adrian Vera, Jaime Villarreal and Ethan Zubak. Across the LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy II rosters, there are now 16 total Academy products, including first-team players Bradford Jamieson IV, Jack McBean, Raul Mendiola, Oscar Sorto, Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes.