Barcelona signs defender Araujo from LA Galaxy

The Catalan giant made a move for the 21-year-old on the January transfer deadline day and reached a swift agreement with the MLS outfit.

Published : Feb 18, 2023 10:32 IST

LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo.
LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo. | Photo Credit: AP

LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo. | Photo Credit: AP

Barcelona signed Mexican defender Julian Araujo from MLS side LA Galaxy in a deal until 2026, both clubs said on Friday.

Barcelona missed out on signing Araujo on transfer deadline day as it was 18 seconds late in registering the paperwork, and said it would appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to get the player registered.

Araujo has signed a 3-1/2-year contract until the end of the 2025-26 season, Barcelona said, adding that the 21-year-old will join the club’s B team.

Araujo, who joined LA Galaxy in March 2019, registered two goals and 20 assists in 108 games played across all competitions with the MLS club.

Born in California, he was eligible to play for both the United States and Mexico. After playing for U.S. youth teams, he made his only appearance for the senior team in December 2020 against El Salvador.

In 2021, he requested for FIFA to approve his switch to represent Mexico, making his debut later in December in a friendly 2-2 draw against Chile. 

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