15-Year-Old Alex Alcala, LA Galaxy Agree to Contract

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2021

A pennant sign with the Major League Soccer logo is viewed at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex during an MLS soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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The L.A. Galaxy announced Tuesday they've signed 15-year-old midfielder Alex Alcala to their second team roster.  

"Alex is a young talent who we are pleased will develop in a professional environment," general manager Dennis te Kloese said. "We believe that the structure and resources that we will provide him will allow him to continue to grow as both a player and a person. We look forward to Alex representing our club."

Alcala is a California native who's represented Mexico at the youth international level as a dual citizen. He joined the L.A. Galaxy Academy in 2020.

The attacking midfielder previously gained experience training with Manchester City in England and Barcelona in Spain, two of the top clubs in Europe. He also spent time with Pachuca in Mexico.

"I'm super excited to announce that I've officially signed with the Galaxy2!!" Alcala wrote on Instagram. "I would like to thank everyone that has helped me along the way to reach my goals. All my family, friends and coaches. Special thanks to everyone at [Stockton] TLJ for letting me thrive and succeed along these past years there."

LA Galaxy II plays in the USL Championship, which is scheduled to begin its season in May. Alcala will join the club for preseason training that's already underway.

ESPN's Adriana Garcia reported it's possible the teenage phenom also earns some opportunities with the Galaxy's first team during the 2021 season.

The signing represents Alcala's first professional contract.