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The LA Galaxy made three selections in the 2013 MLS Superdraft, taking forward Charlie Rugg and two defenders. Gyasi Zardes was also on hand at the draft, chatting with ESPN and MLSsoccer.com
The LA Galaxy selected three players in the 2013 MLS Draft, forward Charlie Rugg of Boston College, defender Kofi Opare of Michigan, and defender Greg Cochrane of Louisville. The Galaxy had the last picks in both the first and second round, and acquired Philadelphia's second round pick and Kyle Nakazawa for an international slot in February of 2012. That roster spot was returned to the Galaxy at the beginning of 2013.
Charlie Rugg had to deal with injuries this year with Boston College, and did not play in seven of his team's eighteen games. He scored give goals and had four assists last year, and was ranked #40 on Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 rankings of college players. Here's Charlie Rugg scoring at the MLS combine.
The Galaxy already signed this offseason the player ranked twelfth on that list, Gyasi Zardes. He was present at the draft along with two other Homegrown Player signings and was quite upbeat on his prospects for this year. In an interview with MLSsoccer.com he said, "my skill is going to blow your mind".
Neither Opare nor Cochrane appear on the Men's top 100 list for Top Drawer Soccer, but Cochrane got significant minutes with Louisville last year and had a couple goals to boot. With only a few roster spots remaining, it's unclear if these picks are more trials or if everyone is expected to sign with the club.
Bruce Arena had to run to the airport, but we'll have commentary from him in about an hour. Stay here for those updates. Arena did mention during the broadcast that he saw Rugg as either a Forward or a Right Winger (so he's probably got a spot on the team), and also mentioned that Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan are players that we're going to have to play by ear a bit as we head into pre-season and then the summer transfer window.