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LA Galaxy select Preston Judd in 2nd round of 2021 MLS Draft

But he’s already signed a pro deal elsewhere.

University of Denver Athletic Department

The LA Galaxy selected a player with an interesting back story with their second selection of the MLS Draft on Thursday, selecting University of Denver forward Preston Judd with the No. 35 overall pick, No. 8 of the 2nd round.

Judd, college teammate of the Galaxy’s 1st round pick, Josh Drack, has already signed a pro deal, however, with Sporting Kansas City II, the reserve team of Sporting KC, of course. He signed there just over a week ago.

What does this mean? It means for now, the Galaxy hold the MLS player rights to Judd. If Judd wants to sign at MLS level in the next two years, he has to go through the Galaxy. That means if Sporting want to promote him to their first team, they’ll need to trade the Galaxy for his MLS rights anytime between now and the end of 2022. If it’s after that, then LA won’t hold his MLS rights any longer.

So we’ll see what happens. Unless Sporting let him out of his USL deal (seems unlikely), or the Galaxy sent Sporting something for him, then he won’t be joining up for training camp. But who knows what will come down the line. Stay tuned.

In other news, the Galaxy passed on their 3rd round draft pick, so they selected Judd and Drack, both out of Denver.

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