Josh Perez returns home from Fiorentina to play for LAFC

Josh Perez, one of the stars in the USA's 1998 age group that produced Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie, is returning home to play for LAFC.

The MLS expansion team signed the 20-year-old winger from Italian club Fiorentina. He made his Serie A debut at the age of 18 in 2016, coming on as a sub for Fiorentina against Inter Milan at the San Siro, but it ended up being the only first-team game he played.

He was loaned out to Serie C (third division) Livorno and made 23 appearances, all off the bench, in 2017-18.

Perez is the nephew of former U.S. World Cup player Hugo Perez and left-footed like his uncle. He played for Chivas USA's academy team before entering U.S. U-17 Residency. He first started training at Fiorentina when he was 15 but couldn't sign until he turned 18, just four months after he played for the USA at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.

Like Haji Wright, Luca de la Torre, Danny Barbir, Joe Gallardo, Matthew Olosunde, Pulisic and others, Perez moved abroad at a young age.

But from the 2015 U-17 World Cup team, only Auston Trusty and Tyler Adams, both in MLS, and Pulisic play regularly for their first teams. (McKennie, who plays for Schalke 04, was not on the U-17 World Cup team.)
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