CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, March 19, 2015) – LA Galaxy II announced today that the club has signed forward Adonis Amaya and midfielder Elijah Martin to USL contracts. Amaya and Martin, both products of the LA Galaxy Academy, are the 10th and 11th Academy players to sign with LA Galaxy or LA Galaxy II.
“Keeping players like Adonis and Elijah within the Galaxy organization is crucial,” said LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski. “Galaxy II is a means for us to bridge the gap between our Academy and our first team and signing our Galaxy Academy players demonstrates that process. We are looking forward to their continued development as players while they stay in a familiar environment.”
Amaya and Martin become the fourth and fifth LA Galaxy Academy players to sign professional contracts with Galaxy II, joining midfielder Jaime Villarreal, goalkeeper Eric Lopez and midfielder Ryo Fujii. The Galaxy now have 11 total LA Galaxy Academy products signed to contracts between LA Galaxy in MLS and LA Galaxy II in USL as Homegrown Players Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal, Bradford Jamieson IV, Raul Mendiola, Oscar Sorto and Jack McBean represent the first team.
“Adonis and Elijah are two prospects who demonstrate the caliber of players that the Galaxy Academy develops,” said LA Galaxy Academy Director Pete Vagenas. “We are happy to see them become professionals and continue their development within the Galaxy organization.”
Amaya, 18, was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s West Player of the Year last season as a member of the Galaxy U-18 side. He scored 25 goals during the year, leading his team to a first-place finish in USSDA’s Southwest Division. The Westminster, California product also has international experience, representing various U.S. Men’s National Team youth teams.
Martin, 18, most recently appeared for the LA Galaxy U-18’s during the 2013-2014 season, where he made 22 appearances and 20 starts while scoring and assisting once en route to finishing atop the USSDA’s Southwest Division. The midfielder also appeared for the Cal Odyssey in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy and has represented the U.S. Men’s National Team from the U-14 through U-17 level.
LA Galaxy II open the 2015 USL season when they face Real Monarchs at StubHub Center’s Track & Field Stadium this Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m. PT. A complete LA Galaxy II 2015 schedule can be found here. All LA Galaxy II matches will be streamed live on www.lagalaxy.com with home matches broadcast by Time Warner Cable lead announcer Joe Tutino along with Ralph Perez.
Season tickets to Galaxy II are $55 while single-game tickets can be purchased for $10 each. To purchase tickets, fans can visit www.lagalaxy.com/2 or call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299). All children ages 12 and under will receive free admission to all Galaxy II home games. Additionally, all home matches for Galaxy II will feature free parking.
Becoming a Los Dos 2015 Season Ticket Member offers fans additional benefits during the 2015 USL season, including 15% off for items at Team LA Store, special access to designated Galaxy II training sessions, an exclusive meet and greet with the 2015 team and coaching staff in addition to free tours of StubHub Center upon request.
A full Galaxy II roster will be announced ahead of Sunday’s 2015 opening match.