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LA Galaxy select Tomas Hilliard-Arce with No. 2 pick in 2018 MLS Draft

Stanford defender adds solid back line depth

NCAA Soccer: Men's College Cup-North Carolina vs Stanford Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, the Galaxy have selected Stanford center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce.

A three-time NCAA Champion described as a warrior, the two-time All-American has completely dominated the college game and is widely considered the most MLS ready player at the draft. The reigning PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year and MAC Hermann trophy finalist should be able to jump into the LA Galaxy squad and compete for a starting position.

The lumbering center back is also a character guy, as you can see in the below clip. Revered for his work-ethic, Hilliard-Arce is a valuable asset in the locker room, the kind of ultra-competitive motivational machine that makes a team better.

However, a lackluster combine dropped Hilliard-Arce’s stock a bit, as there are concerns about his athleticism. Notably, Kurt Schmid and company elected to take a time-out before picking the center back. Some have speculated that could mean Hilliard-Arce is on the move, but I would bet on the No. 2 pick to stay in Los Angeles.