LA Galaxy II have signed former LA Galaxy Academy standout and Mexican Youth International goalkeeper Abraham Romero to a USL contract, pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Romero, 20, returns to Los Angeles after three years with Pachuca of Liga MX.
“We are very excited to welcome an LA Galaxy Academy product back his hometown club after spending time with a Liga MX team,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “It is important that we continue to prioritize our youth development, and Abraham choosing to return and continue his professional career with our club is a result of our commitment. He’s one of the best young goalkeepers that our Academy has produced and that has shown with his success in the Mexican Youth National Team and with Pachuca. We are very enthusiastic about his future within our organization and we will look to provide him the best possible opportunity to grow as a professional.”
Born in Pasadena, Calif., Romero joined the LA Galaxy Academy in 2012, quickly earning attention from the United States and Mexican soccer federations. Romero earned his first international call-up from the U.S. U-15s in 2012, later featuring with the U.S. U-17s before switching to Mexican Youth National Team in 2014. In 2015, he featured for Mexico at the U-17 World Cup in Chile, helping his new side to a fourth place finish in the tournament.
After signing with Pachuca in 2016, Romero was called-up to the Mexico U-20s. In 2017, he was the team’s starting goalkeeper for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. Romero and Mexico fell in the quarterfinals of the tournament to eventual champions England.
While with Pachuca, Romero was a regular starter for the club’s U-20 side.
With the addition of Romero, the LA Galaxy now have 10 players professionally rostered that were developed by either the LA Galaxy Academy or LA Galaxy II: Abraham Romero, Eric Lopez, Adrian Vera, Ethan Zubak, Efrain Alvarez, Hugo Arellano, Bradford Jamieson IV, Dave Romney, Daniel Steres and Justin Vom Steeg.
Romero and LA Galaxy II will kick off the 2019 USL Championship Regular Season on Saturday, March 9 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium.
Transaction: LA Galaxy II sign goalkeeper Abraham Romero
Name: Abraham Romero
Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: Feb. 18, 1998
Last Club: Pachuca
Birthplace: Pasadena, California
Hometown: Altadena, California
Nationality: United States / Mexico