Nick DePuy will be trading in one LA Galaxy kit for another this season.
The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday they signed the defender to a deal for the upcoming 2020 Major League Soccer season. Last year, DePuy, 25, played with LA Galaxy II in the USL Championship and was named as the team’s Defender of the Year.
“Nick has shown promise in his career with LA Galaxy II and we are confident in his ability to play at an MLS level,” LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. “He was one of our most consistent defenders last season for Los Dos and we believe he will grow in his role on the first team. We look forward to Nick continuing to represent this club.”
A centerback, DePuy played in 26 games with Los Dos last season and scored a pair of goals. He was part of a back-line that helped power the club to the USL Championship playoffs.
DePuy is a native of Irvine, California and played his college soccer at UC Santa Barbara where he scored 31 goals in 83 matches. He was an All-American and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.
In 2017, the Montreal Impact selected him 19th overall in the MLS SuperDraft. He appeared in six games with the club over two seasons and also spent time out on-loan with the now-defunct USL side Ottawa Fury and Danish squad BK Fremad Amager.
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In addition to his time with Los Dos last season, DePuy did feature once for the Galaxy’s first team, playing all 90 minutes in their Leagues’ Cup semifinal loss to Cruz Azul of Liga MX.
DePuy is now one of eight California natives on the Galaxy’s roster. The club’s home opener is set for March 7 vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps.