How Acquired: Signed by the Galaxy as a Homegrown Player on January 31, 2011.
The youngest player in club history ever to score a goal, McBean is one of the brightest young stars on a Galaxy roster that is heavy with veteran presence. Still just 17-years-old, McBean continues to grow and understand the game, allowing him to use his incredible skill set to his full advantage. Good in the air or with the ball at his feet, McBean’s will look to play a bigger role with the club in his second season as a pro.
2011: Joined the Galaxy in January as the club’s first Homegrown player since Tristan Bowen in 2008. He made his debut in the 18 man squad on 7/20 against Columbus, but he did not come on in that game. He made his first team debut four days later when he played the second half of the friendly against Manchester City as part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge. He made his MLS debut in the regular season finale against Houston, playing the full 90 minutes up front in that game to become the youngest player in club history ever to start and play in a game. He scored LA’s only goal in the 88th minute of that game to become, at 16 years and 312 days old, the youngest player in club history to score a goal by more than two years. In addition, McBean led the Galaxy with four assists in the Reserve League, appearing in five game while making four starts.
2011: Continued to play for the Galaxy U-16’s after signing with the first team, helping them win the first Development Academy championship in club history. He scored in the Semifinal win over Seattle after returning from the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. 2010: Officially joined the Galaxy Academy U-16 team in the summer of 2010. Debuted for the team at the 2010 SUM U-17 Cup in Houston, playing in two of the Galaxy’s three games at the tournament. He made his U.S. Soccer Development Academy debut in a 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake in Arizona, scoring a goal. He went on to record a team-best nine goals in 10 games for the Galaxy U-16’s, helping them to a 10-0-1 record in Development Academy play, which was the best amongst all U- 16 teams. McBean scored a goal in six of the 10 games that he played in, including a hat trick against South Carolina United FC at the annual Winter Showcase in Arizona. While at the Showcase, McBean also played in one of the Academy Select games, which brings a number of the nation’s top young players together on the same field. In that game, McBean scored just five minutes after entering the match, leading his team to a 2-1 win.
Was named as one of 40 players selected for the U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team Residency Program in January 2011, shortly before signing with the Galaxy. He travelled to Florida with the U-17’s and made his international debut in a friendly in Montego Bay, Jamaica on 1/28/11. He made a series of friendly appearances ahead of the start of the CONCACAF Championships and then played in four of the five games that the U.S. played in the tournament, making two starts and setting up all three goals in the 3- 0 win over Canada in the Final. He was one of 20 players named to the U.S. squad for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico and made one appearance at the tournament, coming one in the second half of the Round of 16 loss to Germany.