The LA Galaxy II have signed United States U-17 international Adam Saldana to his first professional contract. | Photo courtesy David Calvert / Reno 1868 FC
LOS ANGELES – The LA Galaxy II announced on Tuesday they had signed LA Galaxy Academy and U.S. Youth National Team midfielder Adam Saldaña, pending league and federation approval. The 17-year-old Saldana is the latest member of the club’s Academy to sign his first professional contract with Los Dos.
“We are excited for Adam to begin his professional career with the LA Galaxy organization,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “He is a talented midfielder with great potential. Our club’s structure and vision allows young players like Adam to develop into top-rated talent. We are enthusiastic about his future within our club.”
Since joining the Academy in 2018, Saldaña has made 12 appearances. The Panorama City, Calif., native started in all 12 of those matches, tallying two goals in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. He helped led the team to the 2018-19 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs. Saldaña also took part in the 2019 Generation adidas Cup with the LA Galaxy Academy U-17 squad, where the team reach the quarterfinals.
With the addition of Saldaña, the LA Galaxy organization now have 15 players professionally rostered that were developed by either the LA Galaxy Academy or LA Galaxy II: Adam Saldaña, Mauricio Cuevas, Brian Iloski, Diedie Traore, Julian Araujo, Abraham Romero, Eric Lopez, Adrian Vera, Ethan Zubak, Efrain Alvarez, Hugo Arellano, Bradford Jamieson IV, Dave Romney, Daniel Steres and Justin Vom Steeg.
Saldaña has garnered plenty of international attention in his time with the LA Galaxy Academy, featuring regularly for the U-17 squad. Most recently, Saldaña was named to head coach Raphael Wicky’s 20-player roster for the U-17 Concacaf Championships, where he made six appearances and five starts during the tournament, as well as providing one goal and one assist. Saldaña has made 23 caps for the U-17 team, scoring two goals and one assist.