- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 1, 2009
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- Cesar Zamora, Gerson Mayen, Jorge Flores, Player Signings
Add another youth product to their roster. The club announced today they have signed 18-year-old Cesar Zamora to a professional contract.
The outside midfielder becomes the third product of the Red-and-White’s youth system to earn a professional contract, along with fellow Los Angeles area natives Gerson Mayén and 2007 Sueño MLS winner Jorge Flores.
Zamora has been working with the first team since the beginning of the season and had appeared in early preseason scrimmages against UCLA and the PDL Ventura County Fusion.
“He shows great potential and is very good with the ball,” said Chivas USA assistant coach Carlos Llamosa. “He fits in well with the type of soccer we like to play.”
“It’s good for the coaches to have options in the youth system,” said Llamosa. “It gives us a great chance to look at potential players for the future. We’ve been inviting a couple of the youth guys to first team practice and if they show they can be on this team, we might sign them. It’s a good program for us.”
“He needs to realize that he’s a pro now,” said Llamosa. “When he steps on the field, he can’t be afraid of anyone. He needs to move the ball quickly, be aggressive, and give everything he has.”
Its good to see more clubs signing young players from their youth systems. Chivas has already seen decent products like Mayen and Flores. Hopefully more clubs will be able to do the same here.