Los Angeles FC bolstered its ranks in the center of the pitch Monday afternoon by acquiring Uruguayan midfielder Francisco Ginella from Montevideo Wanderers.
LAFC signed Ginella, 20, using Targeted Allocation Money. He will occupy an international roster spot.
“At just 20 years old, Francisco brings a meaningful amount of experience at the professional and youth international levels,” LAFC executive vice president and general manager John Thorrington said in a statement.
“It is exciting for our club to sign a player of his quality and potential, and we are confident Francisco will prove to be a great fit for LAFC as we look ahead to our third season.”
The defending Supporters’ Shield winners are no strangers to scouting South American talent – particularly in Uruguay.
Ginella’s new teammates and fellow countrymen Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez are marquee names at Banc of California Stadium and occupy Designated Player slots. But unlike Rossi and Rodriguez, who both play in advanced, attacking roles, Ginella is primarily used as a defensive midfielder.
Ginella, who turns 21 in January, spent the last three seasons with Montevideo Wanderers in the Uruguayan first division and has also represented Uruguay’s U-18, U-20 and U-22 national team programs. He carries dual citizenship with Italy.