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U.S. U-19 defender Hector Montalvo signs with Tigres

Photo via Tigres UANL
Photo via Tigres UANL

U.S. Under-19 defender Hector Montalvo announced on Tuesday that he signed a professional deal with Tigres in Liga MX, per his Twitter account.

Montalvo is a product of the highly successful FC Dallas academy. He joined Dallas’ youth system in 2014 and earned a call up to the American U-19 squad for his production with┬áthe Hoops’ U-18 side.

The 18-year-old most recently played at Grand Canyon University, where he featured in 18 matches in his freshman season. He totaled 1,595 minutes of playing time and contributed one assist.

Montalvo joins a good amount of US U19 who ply their trade abroad, and he follows a trend of young players from MLS academies joining teams in Liga MX.

Despite keeping plenty of prospects at home like Paxton Pomykal, Coy Craft, Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Reynolds, FC Dallas has lost young players before.

US U20 midfielder Weston McKennie joined Schalke in August.

Montalvo isn’t the only young prospect to head for Liga MX in recent years. Before rejoining MLS, Sebastian Saucedo of Real Salt Lake and Atlanta United’s Brandon Vazquez tried their hand in Mexico.

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