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Las Vegas Lights sign 4 LAFC Academy players to academy contracts

Roster grows ahead of Wednesday’s season opener.

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LAFC announced on Wednesday that four members of the LAFC Academy have been signed to USL academy contracts — defender Armando Avila, midfielder Christopher Jaime, defender Diego Rosales, and defender Paul Son.

“We are incredibly excited for Armando, Chris, Diego and Paul, and today’s announcement is testament not only to the players’ hard work and commitment but also that of our Academy staff,” said LAFC Co-President and GM John Thorrington in a team statement. “We are also encouraged by the fact that we know today’s announcement is the first of many as more talented local players continue on a professional pathway here at LAFC.”

The four players are on academy contracts, meaning they will maintain their NCAA eligibility and I believe are on minutes limits overall for the 2021 USL Championship season.

Avila is a 17-year-old from Torrance, who joined the LAFC Academy in the 2018-19 season at the U-15 level. He’s been called up to the U.S. U-15 boys national team.

Jaime is also 17, from San Diego, and joined LAFC Academy two years ago from San Diego powerhouse Nomads SC.

Rosales is the youngster of the group, at 15, and has been with the LAFC Academy since the inaugural U-12 class in 2016-17. He’s a native of South Gate.

Son is an 18-year-old left back out of Irvine who joined the LAFC Academy two years ago from another powerhouse program, Strikers FC.

Las Vegas have 11 players signed to professional contracts and this quartet brings the roster up to 15. Expect several loans from LAFC to make up the numbers, beginning with Wednesday’s season opener, at LA Galaxy II. That game will be available to watch on ESPN+ at 7:30 pm PT.

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