LOS ANGELES (Thursday, March 4, 2021) – LA Galaxy II announced today that the club has signed midfielder Axel Picazo. Picazo, 19, joins Los Dos from former USL Championship Eastern Conference side Philadelphia Union II.
“We are very excited to welcome Axel to LA Galaxy II,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “He is a young and talented player who will add depth to our midfield as he continues to develop. We look forward to him contributing to our club.”
Last season with Philadelphia Union II, Picazo made 16 appearances with 12 starts in addition to scoring two goals and one assist during the USL Championship regular season. In 2019, he appeared in 19 games, totaled seven starts and added one goal and two assists for the Union II in USL play.
Prior to his professional debut, the Austin, Texas product began his youth career playing with the Lonestar SC Academy U-13/14 and U-15/16 teams in 2015. That year, Picazo tallied 20 goals in 38 appearances. In 2016, he joined the Philadelphia Union Academy, where he accumulated nearly 100 appearances and recorded 24 goals for the Union U-15/16, U-16/17 and U-18/19 squads.
Internationally, Picazo was called up to the U.S. U-16 Boys National Team camp ahead of the IMG Cup in 2016. He also earned an invite to the U.S. U-18 Boys National Team in 2018.
LA Galaxy began preseason training on February 15 ahead of the start of the 2021 USL Championship regular season. The 2021 season will mark the eighth year in LA Galaxy II history.
The 2021 USL Championship regular season will begin in May and will see the teams split in to four divisions containing a 32-game slate running across 27 weeks through the end of October with playoffs scheduled for November.
A full preseason schedule, along with a 2021 USL Championship regular season schedule, will be announced at a later date.
Transaction: LA Galaxy II sign midfielder Axel Picazo.
Name: Axel Picazo
Weight: 161 lbs.
Born: April 5, 2001
Last Club: Philadelphia Union II
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico