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Hugo Arellano, 19, rises from Los Alamitos High to Galaxy – Orange County Register

Hugo Arellano had a week of firsts for the Galaxy.

Arellano, who is from Norwalk, made his first-team debut with the Galaxy in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Orange County Soccer Club in the U.S. Open Cup.

Saturday, with injuries depleting the Galaxy back line, Arellano, 19, earned his first MLS start, going 90 minutes in the Galaxy’s 2-2 draw against Houston.

He also took a hit to the face late in the second half, leaving him with a minor injury to his nose.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking when your name is called upon, being a young player,” Arellano said. “It was a moment that I had been preparing for awhile now. It was good for me.

“The performance really gives me confidence going into this upcoming week.”

With the state of the Galaxy back line, Arellano’s second MLS start could be Wednesday night when the club faces the Colorado Rapids (6 p.m.; Spectrum SportsNet).

With Jelle Van Damme (suspended), Daniel Steres (hamstring) and Bradley Diallo (hamstring) all out, Arellano started at one of the center back positions.

“Usually before games I get nervous, I think it just means that this means a lot to me,” Arellano said. “Once the whistle was blown, I was fine. The guys next to me gave me a lot of confidence.”

Arellano has worked his way up the Galaxy organization chain. After spending a year at Los Alamitos High, he joined the Galaxy Academy at 16 before heading into residency with the U.S. U-17 program in Florida.

He signed his first professional contract in July and made eight appearances with Galaxy II.

Earlier this year, he was signed as a Homegrown Player for his dream club. He called it a “dream come true” when he was signed.

“This was my favorite club, my childhood club,” Arellano said. “When (David) Beckham came, my whole family had a jersey. It was a big deal on Saturday, getting my MLS debut.”

Arellano said he had a lot of family and friends in attendance.

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