2012 MLS Draft: LA Galaxy Select Tommy Meyer From Indiana With First Pick

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena takes in the MLS Combine. Arena selected Tommy Meyer with the last pick in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Photo credit: MLSsoccer.com

The LA Galaxy selected Tommy Meyer, a senior defender from Indiana, with the final pick in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Mayer was a need pick, after Omar Gonzalez looks to be out for the season, and with Gregg Berhalter retiring. The time was ripe to add depth to the center back position. From the MLS draft media packet:

Tall, strong center back with decent technical abilities but perhaps lacking a bit of athleticism, Meyer marshaled a strong Indiana defense this year. Best MLS comparison: Danny Califf

Calif finished fifth in defender voting for this year's MLS All-Star team, so that's a fairly favorable position. It was mentioned during the broadcast that Meyer's combine team let in nine goals, but it's a mistake to make too much of a piecemeal defense in the combine.

Lacking a bit of athleticism is worrisome, and he's only listed as having decent technical abilities. A.J. and Omar are certainly quite athletic, it'll be interesting to see if Bruce Arena sees him as a guy who will make his debut this year or if he is a depth pick with the Galaxy finding their immediate starter overseas or through interleague trade.

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