The LA Galaxy announced today the signing of 21-year-old midfielder Uriel Antuna on a season long loan from Manchester City.
Antuna, according to Major League Soccer rules, will occupy an International roster spot after he is granted his ITC and P-1 Visa.
Antuna has been honing his craft in Europe since 2017 when he signed with the English Premier League club from Santos Laguna.
However, the midfielder has not yet stepped on the pitch for the Sky Blues, spending time on loan with Dutch side FC Groningen.
Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese noted his experience playing abroad.
“He has experience playing for clubs in Mexico, England, and the Netherlands and will only continue to develop and improve as a player.”
The Durango, Mexico native has been a fixture in Mexico’s youth team since 2017. Antuna starred for the U-20 team at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
While he did not feature for the national team, Antuna received his first call up to Mexico’s senior squad in November of that year against Belgium and Poland.
The youngster is excited to be with the Galaxy, he told media during his unveiling, as he is looking for a new start.
What’s Antuna is looking to bring to the squad? “From the beginning, it’s commitment,” Antuna said.
“I’m here to add something, whether it’s to score, assist or sit on the bench in support. Just help in any way I can, on and off the field.