The Colorado Rapids acquired forward Jack McBean from LA Galaxy in exchange for a conditional fourth round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on December 14.
Here are three things to know about the 22-year-old forward...
1. He's the youngest player in Galaxy history to score a goal
The Orange County native signed a Homegrown deal with LA Galaxy at the age of 16. He became the youngest player in LA Galaxy history to play, start and score in a single game. During his first ever appearance, McBean scored a goal and played the entire 90-minutes on October 23, 2011 against Houston Dynamo.
The 23-year-old spent time between LA Galaxy and on loan with USL affiliate LA Galaxy II through 2014, where he eventually signed with LA Galaxy II in 2015. After two years, he worked his way back to the first team and signed a new contact with the first team in 2016. There he split his time between LA Galaxy, Coventry City U-23s and Coventry City.
2. He's a natural goal scorer
Standing 6-feet tall, McBean is a natural goal scorer who is both strong in the air and clinical with the ball at his feet. Overall, he has scored total of 38 goals and delivered 10 assists in 128 appearances in all first-team competitions (including cup competitions).
In 2015, he signed a USL contract with LA Galaxy II, where he was named the LA Galaxy II MVP and led Los Dos to capturing its first-ever USL Western Conference Championship and first ever USL Championship appearance. McBean breakthrough season was in 2016, as he scored 15 goals and two assist in just 17 appearances for Galaxy II. He was named to USL’s All-League First Team, and tied for second in USL’s Golden Boot race despite making only 17 appearances. The forward resigned with LA's first team and was on loan with Coventry City for the remainder of the season. He returned to the Galaxy from Coventry ahead of the 2017 season.
3. He's got international experience
On the international stage, McBean represented his country with the US U-17s and the US U-18s, making 12 appearances. He played in the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship alongside new Rapids teammate Dillon Serna. There the US U-17s earned its first CONCACAF U-17 Championship title since 1992 with a 3-0 victory in overtime against Canada.