Californian Edwin Lara debuts for Pachuca

Edwin Lara, a 17-year-old Northern California product who moved to Mexico in 2014, started and played the full 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-0 Copa MX win at Querétaro. It marked his debut for Pachuca’s first team in a competitive game.

Lara played for the U.S. U-17 national team before moving to Pachuca and switching to Mexico, for which he played at the 2015 U-17 World Cup.

The left-footed outside back was part of Pachuca’s U-20 Mexican league national championship team last year and was named to The Guardian's Next Generation 2016, a list of 60 top young international players.

Lara grew up in San Leandro, California and played for the Hayward Tecos before joining the Juventus Sport Club. He also had stints with the San Jose Earthquakes and the De Anza Force before joining Pachuca.

4 comments about "Californian Edwin Lara debuts for Pachuca ".
  1. R2 Dad, August 17, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.

    Now that he's made the switch to El Tri, hope Pachuca continues to play him. There is a history of players following this path, then getting abandoned (for a variety of reasons). Curious why it didn't work with the Earthquakes and what the real story there is.

  2. Ricardo Arenas, August 18, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.

    Congrats!!! Pachuca is one of the best youth academies in Mexico.

  3. Craig Cummings, August 20, 2017 at 9:14 p.m.

    looks like we lost another one to Mexico. We need to do better with these guys.

  4. R2 Dad replied, August 21, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.

    As I recall, this guy was Unattached every time he was listed on this site for camps and matches with the U teams. This gets complicated because different clubs are promising different things, maybe the parents are misled, maybe the kid picks up an injury at an unfortunate time in his development. It is so rare that the stars align like they have for Pulisic. Club-hopping rarely helps with development and so I hope he gets a couple of years under his belt with steady match minutes. All you really want for these kids is the opportunity to be the best player they can be. Sometimes they go to El Tri (Lara)and sometimes they come back (Jesse Gonzales). I think El Tri can be arbitrary in their treatment of these young players, depending on what they have vs what they perceive are their needs. We complain here in the US about the lack of transparency with the U team process--I would love to see a documentary on how that really works in Mexico because Liga MX club owners run the national teams not an independent organization.

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