LA Galaxy agree to terms with five players

All five SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft picks sign with club

Galaxy rookies at trainnig

Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora / LA Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy announce today that
the club has agreed to terms with all five of the club’s MLS SuperDraft and MLS
Supplemental Draft picks that joined the club for preseason training.
SuperDraft selections Paolo Cardozo and Hector Jimenez, as well as Supplemental
Draft picks Dan Keat, Ryan Thomas and Dustin McCarty each signed with LA prior
to the start of the club’s 10-day preseason camp in Arizona. The contracts for Cardozo and Keat
will each be finalized pending the receipt of their ITCs.

A native of Uruguay,
Cardozo was selected by the Galaxy in the first round of the 2011 MLS
SuperDraft after impressing at the annual MLS Combine. A small and technical
midfielder who can play centrally or on either flank, Cardozo came through the
youth system at River Plate before joining Quilmes, helping them win promotion to the
Primera Division. He has played in all three of the club’s preseason games so
far, scoring twice and setting up a third goal.

Jimenez, who was raised in nearby Bell Gardens, Calif.,
was taken one round later by the Galaxy with the 34th overall pick
of the SuperDraft. A right-sided midfielder, Jimenez finished his college
career at Cal
with 28 assists and was a three-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection. He has
played in two of the Galaxy’s three preseason games so far this season.

The No. 3 overall pick in the Supplemental Draft, Keat was
an NSCAA Third Team All-American in 2009 in midfield at Dartmouth. A native of New Zealand, Keat has represented his country at
the U-20 level and was in line for a spot on their U-23 team at the 2008
Olympics in Beijing,
only to suffer an injury prior to the tournament. He is yet to appear for the
club so far in the preseason as he continues to rehab a left heel injury that
he suffered at the MLS Combine.

The Galaxy were also able to select Ryan Thomas in the first
round of the Supplemental Draft after a standout career at Stanford. A native
of Claremont, Calif., Thomas has been used at left back
throughout the preseason, playing in all three of the club’s games so far. A
teammate of Hector Jimenez with local youth club Arsenal FC, Thomas won three
UYSA national championships before enrolling at Stanford, helping them reach
the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009.

The fifth and final player to sign with the Galaxy, Dustin
McCarty was taken in the second round of the Supplemental Draft. McCarty, who
is the brother of D.C. United midfielder Dax McCarty, played his first year of
college soccer at the University of Central Florida, earning Conference
USA All-Freshman Team honors before transferring to North Carolina. In three years with the Tar
Heels, McCarty helped lead his team to the College Cup semifinals three times,
including a berth in the College Cup Final in 2008. Originally a midfielder,
McCarty has appeared in two of the Galaxy’s three preseason games so far,
playing at right back in each.

Goalkeeper Zach Johnson, the club’s third round Supplemental
Draft pick out of West Virginia
University, did not join
the club in preseason, electing to pursue other
professional opportunities.

The Galaxy will open the 2011 MLS season on Tuesday, March
15 when they head to Seattle
to take on the Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field in MLS First Kick 2011,
presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. That game, which will kick off at 6:30
p.m., will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as online at The Galaxy will then host the New England Revolution in their home
opener at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at The Home Depot Center. BUY TICKETS

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