This week, LMU alumnus Adrian Perez ('17) signed with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Perez will fight for a spot on the team’s final roster as he serves as a preseason trialist for the time being.
This move represents the culmination of years of soccer excellence on Perez’s part. In high school, Perez played four years of varsity soccer at Ontario High School, captaining the team for two. As a senior, he remarkably earned both All-State and All-CIF honors. His standout high school soccer resumé earned him a spot on the University’s team.
At LMU, Perez continued his high school form and was a marquee player for the Lions each of the four seasons he played. As a freshman, he was already leading the pack in scoring. That season, he netted 11 times, more than any of his teammates. The first of these 11 and the first of his collegiate career was an important game-winning goal against Cal State Fullerton. In addition, he added five assists, grossing an overall impressive offensive output. Perez closed out his freshman year being named to the WCC Men’s Soccer All-Freshman team.
Following his breakout freshman season, Perez played a vital role to the program in his sophomore season as well. He was one of three players to start in all 19 of the season’s matches. Perez also contributed more assists than any other Lion, with a total of seven on the season. To top it off, the Lion was also given All-WCC honors for his sophomore-year efforts.
Although his junior season was cut significantly due to a leg injury, Perez still found ways to help his team. He scored the game winner in the Lions' season opener against San Jose State. Additionally, he tacked on two assists in the remaining time he did spent in action.
By the time Perez closed out his career as an LMU athlete, he finished as the men's soccer program’s fourth all-time leading scorer. The decorated forward earned many accolades at both the high school and collegiate levels. Now, Perez aims to continue his career at the professional level with LAFC.