LOS ANGELES (Wednesday, July 7, 2021) – The LA Galaxy today announced that the club has signed midfielder Daniel Aguirre to a one-year contract with three club option years from USL Championship affiliate LA Galaxy II. Additionally, the Galaxy have signed defender Josh Drack to a short-term loan from USL Championship affiliate LA Galaxy II under Extreme Hardship.

“Daniel is a talented midfielder who has made a positive impact during his time with LA Galaxy II and he has been rewarded with a first-team contract,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “He made a good impression in preseason and is a player that can play in multiple positions. We are excited to see him contribute with the Galaxy and to continue his personal and professional growth within our organization.”

Aguirre, 22, signed with Los Dos on April 7, 2021. In 13 games played (13 starts) for Galaxy II during the 2021 campaign, Aguirre ranked third on the team in chances created (10) and notched one goal. Prior to joining Los Dos, the Redwood City, Calif., native spent three years at UC Riverside (2017-19), where he accumulated 40 starts, 47 appearances, eight goals and seven assists. 

In 2019, he was named to the All-Far West Region team, one of 13 Big West Conference student-athletes to earn the honor. In his sophomore season, he helped lead his team to the Big West Conference Tournament Championship, tallying six goals and two assists in 17 games.

Drack, 21, was originally selected by the LA Galaxy with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. After signing with Los Dos on April 26, Drack has tallied one goal and a team-high three assists in 13 games played (12 starts) for Galaxy II during the 2021 USL Championship regular season.

“Josh is a talented player who has performed well for Galaxy II this season and will provide cover in defense,” said Te Kloese. 

The Chandler, Ariz., native spent one year at the University of Denver, where he recorded five goals and three assists in 21 games, while earning a 2019 Summit League Second Team selection. Prior to playing at the University of Denver, Drack played at Grand Canyon University from 2017-18, tallying six goals and adding seven assists, and was named the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.

Drack graduated from Hamilton High School in 2017, where he recorded 65 goals and 32 assists in two seasons while captaining the Huskies. In his junior year, Drack led his team to the state championship in 2016 and was honored as the 2016 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. In between his junior and senior years, Drack trained with the Portland Timbers Academy.

Transaction: LA Galaxy sign midfielder Daniel Aguirre to a one-year contract with three club option years on July 7, 2021. Additionally the Galaxy sign defender Josh Drack to a short-term loan from USL Championship affiliate LA Galaxy II under Extreme Hardship on July 7, 2021.  

Daniel Aguirre

Pronunciation: AH-gear-eh

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-9

Weight: 140

Born: July 2, 1999, in Redwood City, Calif.

Last Club: LA Galaxy II (USL Championship)

Citizenship: United States

Acquired: Signed from USL Championship affiliate LA Galaxy II on July 7, 2021

Josh Drack

Position: Defender

Height: 5-7

Weight: 150

Born: Sept. 22, 1999, in Chandler, Ariz.

Last Club: LA Galaxy II (USL Championship)

Citizenship: United States

Acquired: Signed on a short-term loan from USL Championship affiliate LA Galaxy II under Extreme Hardship on July 7, 2021

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