CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy announced on Friday they had signed forward Ethan Zubak to a Homegrown Player contract from LA Galaxy II. The No. 2 selection in the 2018 USL Championship 20 Under 20, Zubak is an LA Galaxy Academy product that featured prominently for Los Dos over the past three seasons.
“Ethan has been an important part of LA Galaxy II’s steady progression over the past three seasons,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “Ethan’s personal and professional progression since his time with the Academy has shown in the meaningful and consistent minutes he has earned in the USL. We look forward to his contributions to the first team and to his continued development within our club. We want to also thank and recognize Arsenal FC Academy and Legends FC for their role in Ethan’s development both on and off the field.”
The 20-year-old Zubak joins Efrain Alvarez, Julian Araujo, Bradford Jamieson IV, Hugo Arellano, Diedie Traore, Daniel Steres, David Romney as first-team players that spent time developing through the LA Galaxy Academy or LA Galaxy II. The 20-year-old captained LA Galaxy II in 2018 and was a mainstay in the Los Dos attack for the third straight season, appearing in 31 games, starting in 24, scoring 11 goals and two assists. Last season, Zubak scored the fastest hat trick in USL Championship history.
The Corona, Calif., native made his Los Dos debut in August 2015 as a USL Academy signing against Phoenix Risin FC and signed professional terms with the club ahead of the 2016 Championship season. In total, Zubak has accumulated 83 appearances, 53 starts, 17 goals and six assists for the Galaxy II, securing his spot on the Championship’s 20 Under 20 list in both 2017 and 2018.
Before signing with LA Galaxy II, Zubak was a member of the LA Galaxy Academy. With LA Galaxy Academy’s U-17/18 team, Zubak led his team with 13 goals in 21 appearances during the 2015-2016 season. He also spent time playing for Arsenal FC Academy and Legends FC in California.
On the international level, Zubak earned his first youth national team appearance in January when U.S. Under-19 Head Coach Brad Friedel named the forward to his 23-player roster for the Copa de Athletico tournament in the Canary Islands, Spain. Zubak was capped in each of the tournament's three games.