LA Galaxy Draft History

The LA Galaxy have a history of picking well in the MLS SuperDraft. Check out a few of the players selected in previous drafts and where they ended up.

2013

First Round: #19 - Charlie Rugg

Position: Forward
Date of Birth: October 2, 1990
Hometown:  Roslindale, Mass.
Club/College: Boston College
WATCH: Rugg in action

 

Second Round: #24 - Kofi Opare

Position: Defender
Date of Birth: October 12, 1990
Hometown:  Niagara Falls, Ontario
Club/College: University of Michigan
WATCH: Opare in action

 

Second Round: #38 - Greg Cochrane

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: November 1, 1990
Hometown:  Holland, Pennsylvania
Club/College: University of Louisville
WATCH: Cochrane in action

2012

First Round: #19 - Tommy Meyer

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: March 20, 1990
Hometown:  St. Louis, Mo.
Club/College: Indiana University
WATCH: Meyer in action

Meyer was All-Big Ten Conference First Team and second in the Big Ten with 7 assists in 2011. He also played on the U.S. team in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007. Said Bruce Arena, "He's a player that has a good profile to be a center back in this league. He has physical size. He's a good header of the ball. A good defender and a decent passer out of the back. Once we get him into our setting we can learn a little bit more and work with him and try to make him better. I met with him and he’s a kid that can be a good player. He goes to a good school and generally the players are brought along pretty well there so we’re hopeful that he has the right pedigree to be a good player."

Second Round: #38 - Kenney Walker

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: December 23, 1988
Hometown:  Wickliffe, Ohio
Club/College:  University of Louisville
WATCH: Walker in action

Walker was All-Big East Conference Second Team in 2009. Said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, “I thought that he had a very good Combine. He is a defensive midfielder, a holding midfielder, an aggressive type of player and a good passer of the ball. I felt over the three days of the Combine he may have been a first round pick so when he was available in the second round we jumped on it and we’re hopeful that he will turn into a good player. He’s a fit athlete and I think that he understands his role in the midfield, which is important. You don’t find too many players that understand how to play that position. He comes from a very good program, so I think that we got two players that come from very established collegiate programs with good coaching and good discipline and that always positions them to be able to transition into professional soccer.”

2011

First Round: #16 - Paolo Cardozo

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: June 9, 1989
Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay
Club/College: Quilmes AC (Argentina)
WATCH: Cardozo highlights from MLS Combine
WATCH: Cardozo selected by Galaxy

Made his MLS debut in the Galaxy's 2011 home opener on March 20 against the New England Revolution. He appeared in 17 regular season games and one postseason game for the club in 2011, while making 8 starts during the year.

Second Round: #34 – Hector Jimenez

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: November 3, 1988
Hometown: Bell Gardens, Calif.
Club/College: University of California
WATCH: Jimenez highlights from MLS Combine

Made his MLS debut on October 4 at Red Bull Arena in New York before making his first start in the regular season finale at Houston on October 23. Also made one appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League and the U.S. Open Cup.

2010

First Round: #16 - Michael Stephens

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: April 3, 1989
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Club/College: UCLA

Made his MLS debut as a second half substitute in the season opening win over New England on March 27, 2010. He led all MLS rookies with eight assists while also adding a goal in 25 games in 2010.  Last season, Stephens appeared in 25 games for LA, while making 12 starts, and recording one assist and earning a call-up to the U.S. Under-23 National Team.

2009

First Round: #3 - Omar Gonzalez

Position: Defender
Date of Birth: October 11, 1988
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Club/College: Maryland

Named MLS Rookie of the Year in 2009 and was the only player to start all 30 of the club’s regular season games while helping the club reach MLS Cup. He was named to the MLS All-Star First XI in both 2010 and 2011 while also earning MLS Best XI and Galaxy Defender of the Year honors in each of those years. The 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, Gonzalez scored four goals in all competitions for LA last season.

Second Round: #19 - A.J. DeLaGarza

Position: Defender
Date of Birth: Novermber 4, 1987
Hometown: Bryans Road, Maryland
Club/College: Maryland

One of the most versatile defenders in MLS, he appeared in 22 games during his rookie season in 2009. He was used all across the backline in 2010 before establishing himself as a pivotal piece of the Galaxy defense last season, starting all 30 of the games that he appeared in while also playing every minute of the MLS Cup Playoffs and helping LA win their third MLS Cup.

2008

First Round: #4 - Sean Franklin

Position: Defender
Date of Birth: March 21, 1985
Hometown: Palmdale, California
Club/College: Cal State-Northridge

Named 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year after appearing in 27 of the club’s 30 games. Was limited by injury in 2009, but his late season return helped push the club to an appearance in MLS Cup. Used in defense as well as the midfield, he set a career-high with six assists in 2010 before tallying four goals and three assists last season, earning a spot on the MLS All-Star First XI.

2007

First Round: #16 - Robbie Findley

Position: Forward
Date of Birth: August 4, 1985
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Club/College: Oregon State

Scored twice in nine games for the Galaxy before being traded in June to Real Salt Lake as part of a deal that brought Chris Klein to the Galaxy. He scored a goal against the Galaxy in MLS Cup 2009 for RSL and was a member of the U.S. team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He currently plays in England for Nottingham Forest.

2006

First Round: #12 - Nathan Sturgis

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: July 6, 1987
Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
Club/College: Clemson

Spent one and a half seasons with the Galaxy, debuting for the club in the 2006 CONCACAF Champions Cup and playing 24 career games for the club before being traded to Real Salt Lake in June 2007. He has gone on to play for RSL, Seattle, Toronto FC and now represents the Houston Dynamo.

2005

First Round: #5 - Ugo Ihemelu

Position: Defender
Date of Birth: April 3, 1983
Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas
Club/College: SMU

A key member of the Galaxy’s MLS Cup/U.S. Open Cup double winning team in 2005, he appeared in 54 games in two seasons with the Galaxy before being traded to Colorado ahead of the start of the 2007 campaign. He now plays for FC Dallas and remains one of the most athletic defenders in the league.

2004

Second Round: #14 - Ned Grabavoy

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: July 1, 1983
Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois
Club/College: Indiana

Spent two and a half seasons with the Galaxy, helping the club win MLS Cup in 2005 before being traded to Columbus midway through the 2006 season. He now plays for Real Salt Lake, who he won MLS Cup with in 2009.

Sixth Round: #55 - Alan Gordon

Position: Forward
Date of Birth: October 16, 1981
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona
Club/College: Oregon State

Played for the Galaxy from 2004-2010, scoring 16 goals in 99 games for the club while helping the Galaxy win MLS Cup in 2005.

2002

Third Round: #27 - Alejandro Moreno

Position: Forward
Club/College: UNC - Greensboro

2001

First Round: #9 - Brian Mullen

Position: Forward
Club/College: Creighton

Second Round: #16 - Brian Ching

Position: Forward
Club/College: Gonzaga

2000

First Round: #6 - Danny Califf

Position: Defender
Club/College: Maryland

First Round: #11 - Sasha Victorine

Position: Midfielder
Club/College: UCLA

Second Round: #23 - Peter Vagenas

Position: Midfielder
Club/College: UCLA

1999

First Round: #10 - Tony Soto

Position: Defender
Club/College: SMU

1998

First Round: #6 - Clint Mathis

Position: Midfielder
Club/College: South Carolina

Second Round: #18 - Daniel Hernandez

Position: Midfielder
Club/College: South Carolina

Third Round: #26 - Matt Reis

Position: Goalkeeper
Club/College: UCLA

1997

Third Round: #29 - Kevin Hartman

Position: Goalkeeper
Club/College: UCLA

1996

Second Round: #17 - Greg Vanney

Position: Midfielder
Club/College: UCLA

Third Round: #27 - Ante Razov

Position: Forward
Club/College: UCLA

1996 INAUGURAL DRAFT

Defender Robin Fraser, goalkeeper David Kramer, midfielder Jorge Salcedo, forward John Garvey, defender Mark Semioli, forward Joey Kirk, forward, Harut Karapetyan, defender Curt Onalfo, defender Manny Motajo, midielder Joey Lenoetti, midfielder John O'Brien, forward Adan Villalvazo, midfielder Brad Wilson, midfielder David Beall, forward Garfield Shaw, midfielder Carlos Jaguande