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LAFC select UC Irvine’s Alvaro Quezada in 3rd Round of 2021 MLS Draft

Lancaster native catches LAFC’s eye in draft.

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LAFC continued with their usual track record in making use of all their allotted draft selection in the MLS SuperDraft, selecting forward Alvaro Quezada out of UC Irvine with the No. 68 overall selection (No. 14 of 3rd round).

Quezada, a native of Lancaster, played three seasons for the Anteaters, making 56 appearances and scoring eight goals and nine assists from 2017-19. He didn’t play NCAA soccer in 2020 along with most of the rest of the field because the fall season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While UC Irvine has a decent track record in terms of producing men’s pro soccer players, Quezada is the first Anteater to be selected in the MLS Draft since Cameron Iwasa’s name was called in 2015.

LAFC general manager John Thorrington highlighted Quezada as a local player who the club had kept tabs on for some time, the club opting to select two local players out of their three draft selections on Thursday in part because of the disruptions to college soccer and traveling to scout players due to the pandemic.

Still, Thorrington said Quezada would get a look by LAFC’s staff.

“With all of these players, it’s an exciting day for them, it’s an exciting day for us, that we can offer them an opportunity to come and impress our staff. Every player is given an opportunity to impress, and then it’s up to them,” he explained.

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