Hugo Arellano Joins Orange County SC on Loan
Hugo Arellano joins Orange County SC on loan for the 2019 USL season that is still in its opening weeks of play. Orange County SC is coming off a 2-2 draw in their 2019 USL Championship season opener last week. The SoCal club now prepares for its home opener on Saturday versus Tulsa Roughnecks FC in Irvine, CA.
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Arellano, 21, made his MLS debut for LA Galaxy against Houston Dynamo in 2017 and went on to make three more appearances that season. During his time with Los Angeles, he represented its USL Championship affiliate side LA Galaxy II, making 40 appearances for Los Dos.
“Hugo is a player that I’m very familiar with from his time in the Galaxy Academy,” said Braeden Cloutier, OCSC head coach. “He has a lot of experience for such a young player and is a very good defender that can play both central or as a left back. I feel he is a great fit for how we like to play.”
The Norwalk, California, native was signed as a homegrown player for LA Galaxy on January 13, 2017.
“I’m very excited and eager to be joining the Orange County Soccer Club,” said Arellano. “I believe it was in my best interest to join a club where the team has such a desire to win. The club had a very successful run last season and I plan on contributing right away, to get us even further than last year.”
Arellano also represented the U.S. youth national teams from U15 to U20. He played a key role in the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup when he captained all three matches for the U.S. His most recent appearance for the national team was in 2016 when he started against Costa Rica for the U.S. U20s.
“We are thrilled to add Hugo to our talented roster for the season,” said Oliver Wyss, OCSC General Manager. “I want to thank the LA Galaxy for providing us a versatile defender that will definitely show his class and have a big impact in Orange County!”
Arellano joins his former LA Galaxy teammate, Leonardo, who signed with Orange County SC earlier this week. Both players arrive ahead of the club’s home opener on March 16th against Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, CA. Tickets can be purchased here.
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