Player Details


José Cifuentes


5' 10"


154 lbs

Date of Birth

3.12.1999 (23)


Esmeraldas, Ecuador



Position Detail

Defensive Midfielder

Preferred Side




Roster Category


Player Category

International, U22 Initiative
Career Summary


Signed on January 13, 2020 using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). The Club initially traded $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to Orlando City SC in exchange for Cifuentes’ rights.  


2020 (Los Angeles Football Club): 

• Saw action in 19 regular season games (13 starts). 

• Scored his lone goal of the season during 5-1 win vs. San Jose on 9/2. Registered three assists during the season. 

• Made MLS and LAFC debut during 1-0 win vs. Inter Miami CF on 3/1, playing final 14 minutes. 

• Started the final three games of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, logging 216 minutes. 

2018-19 (CD América de Quito, Ecuadorian Serie A): 

• Made 19 appearances, registering one goal and logging 1,245 minutes. 

2016-17 (CD Universidad Católica , Ecuadorian Serie A):  

• Appeared in two matches, logging 45 minutes. 

• Made his professional debut on July 17, 2016 in a 2-2 draw against Fuerza Amarilla. 


• Played in two games at the CONMEBOL 2020 Pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. Suffered a quadriceps injury Jan. 21, 2020 vs. Colombia. 

• Made Senior National Team debut with Ecuador on September 6, 2019 in the 1-0 victory over Peru in a friendly match. 

• In 2019 made nine appearances in the U-20 South American Championship. 

• Started seven matches and notched one goal against the United States in a 2-1 win on June 8 during the 2018 U-20 World Cup. 


• Grew up in Esmeraldas, Ecuador – a coastal city in northwestern Ecuador. 

• At age 11 joined his older brother, 

a goalkeeper, at Escuela de Futbol Semillero in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. 

• After a strong showing at a youth tournament in Salinas, Ecuador began his official youth club career at Independiente del Valle in 2016. 

• Played for youth club Independiente del Valle. 

• Follow José on Twitter @JoseCifu51.