LAFC Signs forward Nathan Ordaz as fourth Homegrown player
Announced today, LAFC Signs forward Nathan Ordaz who has been a part of the LAFC academy since 2018. Ordaz becomes the fourth homegrown player in LAFC history (Tony Leone, Christian Torres and Erik Dueñas) and is guaranteed through the 2025 MLS season with an option through the 2026 season.
During the 2022 season, Ordaz will be eligible for a loan with LAFC’s USL affiliate club, the Las Vegas Lights FC. From LAFC SoCal Youth, the 18-year-old joined the LAFC academy back in 2018 at the U-14 level and eventually advanced to the U-15, U-17, and U-19 levels.
“We are excited with the signing of Nathan Ordaz as our fourth-ever Homegrown signing,” said LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington in a release as LAFC signs forward Nathan Ordaz. “Nathan is an incredibly gifted player and it has been impressive to see him develop through the LAFC Academy. This signing is a testament to the hard work that has been going on for years from Nathan and all of our Academy coaches and staff.”
Ordaz is a native of Encino in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. He has piqued the interest of three countries and recently trained with El Salvador’s senior national team. Ordaz has been invited to youth training camps in Mexico and the United States, so if he continues to improve his skills, he could face a major dilemma.
“Nathan has technique, intelligence, personality and speed,” said Marco Antonio Garcés, the LAFC Director of Football Operations. “He unites these characteristics that are difficult to produce and are sought after.”
Ordaz scored 12 goals and added six assists in only 14 games for the LAFC Academy in the 2021 Fall season. The club won a spot in the UPSL Western Region Championship, where Ordaz helped the team to a fourth-place national finish. As LAFC signs forward Nathan Ordaz, we foresee a successful future for the young homegrown.