Perez, 20, emerged as a rumored signing on Tuesday, and the deal was complete before the close of the window. The attacker has been with Fiorentina officially since 2016, when he turned 18, and while he had one appearance for the Serie A outfit, he had not been able to break through. Last season, he spent on loan at Italian third-division side Livorno.
A member of Chivas USA’s academy at one time, Perez comes from a Salvadoran-American soccer dynasty, and stateside, his best known relative is former USMNT player Hugo Perez, who more recently coached the USMNT youth teams.
“Josh is a young player of great promise who we feel has a bright future here at LAFC,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “We are delighted to welcome Josh back home to Southern California and look forward to helping him advance his career at both club and international levels.”
Perez, a local native and throughout his pre-pro days the highest touted player of his age, is someone with considerable upside, but he’s yet to prove himself. Fighting for playing time on LAFC’s deep attacking corps is a tall ask, but he seems like the kind of player to take a chance on, with the potential being very, very good. Remember, Perez is the same age as Christian Pulisic, and Perez was the higher-touted prospect. That doesn’t always mean he’ll have a great pro career, but this is a good low-risk, high-reward signing, especially since he’ll be on the supplemental roster for now.
“Josh is a talented young forward with meaningful experience in Europe who will bolster our attacking options moving forward,” said LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley.
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