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LAFC Signs South Gate Native & Former Academy Player Diego Rosales To Homegrown Contract

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LAFC announced today that the Club has signed defender Diego Rosales to a Homegrown contract through 2023 with Club options through 2026.

Rosales, 17, is a native of South Gate, CA and was a member of LAFC’s inaugural U-12 academy team during the 2016-17 season. In 2021, Rosales joined

LAFC’s affiliate USL Championship side Las Vegas Lights FC under an academy contract and made four appearances under then Lights coach Steve Cherundolo.

This season, Rosales has made 10 appearances (10 starts) for LAFC2 in MLS Next Pro, playing a total of 990 minutes.

Rosales previously joined the LAFC first team this season on short-term agreements, making his senior debut in an official competition during the penalty shoot-out win vs. Monterey Bay in the fourth round of the 2023 U.S. Open Cup on May 10. Overall, Rosales registered two first team appearances in the U.S. Open Cup and has also been available for selection for two MLS regular season matches on May 18 and May 21.

Rosales made his unofficial first-team debut at 14 in an international friendly vs. Club Peñarol on Jan 25, 2020.

Internationally, Rosales has represented the U.S. Youth National Team at the U-15 level.

TRANSACTION: LAFC signs defender Diego Rosales to a Homegrown contract though 2023 with options through 2026.

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