Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have signed midfielder Alejandro Guido. The 24-year-old joins the club after a successful trial this preseason.
“Alejandro has all the attributes to succeed in this league and we believe he will have an immediate impact,” said general manager and EVP of soccer operations John Thorrington in a statement. “His qualities will prove to be a good fit with what we’re trying to implement this year and we look forward to his contributions over the course of the campaign.”
Guido had spent his entire pro career to date with Club Tijuana, aside from a short loan stint with Dorados, after turning pro in 2012. But while he had a long tenure with Xolos, he failed to really break through with the first team, making 56 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring two goals.
A San Diego native, Guido is a familiar name to fans of the U.S. Men’s National Team, as he played extensively at youth national team level. He was called up to the senior national team in 2018, but an injury stopped him from making his debut at the highest level.
Guido is another intriguing signing for LAFC. He seems likely to be depth, but his profile in some respects is reminiscent of Josh Perez or Shaft Brewer, Jr., a player with youth national team who has experience abroad but needs to settle in and is looking for a chance in MLS. Like those players, he may be a project for now and it could take time before we see him playing more than mop-up minutes late off the bench, but he’s a young depth player worthy of taking a flier on. We’ll see how Guido fits in to LAFC’s squad beginning with the season opener on Sunday at Banc of California Stadium against Sporting Kansas City.
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