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Orange County SC bring in defender Hugo Arellano on loan

LA Galaxy send young center back to rival USL Championship side.

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Orange County SC announced on Friday they have acquired defender Hugo Arellano on loan from LA Galaxy for the season. The 21-year-old is a Homegrown player for the Galaxy, who has made four MLS appearances and 40 USL appearances for LA Galaxy II in his career to date.

Arellano is capable of playing both center back and full back, having done both on the professional level, and with Orange County needing depth in both spots, his versatility will likely come in handy.

“Hugo is a player that I’m very familiar with from his time in the Galaxy academy,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a statement. “He has a lot of experience for such a young player and is a very good defender that can play both central or as a left back. I feel he is a great fit for how we like to play.”

Many may wonder why Arellano is going to OCSC instead of remaining in the Galaxy organization, especially with the club having their own USL Championship team, but it appears perhaps the player could benefit from a slight change of scenery and he seems to be relishing joining a club that is going for a title this year.

“I’m very excited and eager to be joining the Orange County Soccer Club,” said Arellano. “I believe it was in my best interest to join a club where the team has such a desire to win. The club had a very successful run last season and I plan on contributing right away, to get us even further than last year.”

Orange County SC open their home slate on Saturday when they host Tulsa Roughnecks.

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