CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, January 10, 2012) – The LA Galaxy have two picks in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, which will be held on Thursday, January 12 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri. The two-round, 38-pick SuperDraft will begin at 9 a.m. (PT) with the first round being shown live on ESPN2 in its entirety. The entire SuperDraft will be streamed live online at www.mlssoccer.com.
After winning MLS Cup last season, the Galaxy hold the 19th and final pick of the first round of the SuperDraft. The club also holds their natural second round pick, which is the 38th overall and final selection of the SuperDraft.
#19 - Galaxy's Natural First Round Selection
#38 – Galaxy’s Natural Second Round Selection
In addition to their two SuperDraft selections, the Galaxy also have five picks in the four-round, 76-pick MLS Supplemental Draft, which will be held on Tuesday, January 17 via conference call. The Galaxy have all four of their natural selections (19, 38, 57 and 76) in the Supplemental Draft, as well as an additional fourth round pick (62nd overall) that they received from Chivas USA in August as part of a trade that sent Juan Pablo Angel to Chivas USA.
In 2011, the Galaxy made two selections in the SuperDraft and four in the Supplemental Draft. Of the six players that the club selected, five were a part of the team that won MLS Cup in November, with four of them making at least one appearance in the regular season, led by first round SuperDraft pick Paolo Cardozo, who saw action in half of the club’s 34 regular season matches and made eight starts.
The LA Galaxy will open preseason ahead of the 2012 MLS season later this month. They will return to competitive action on Wednesday, March 7 when they take on Toronto FC in the first leg of their 2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal, which will be played at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They will open the 2012 MLS season three days later on Saturday, March 10 when they host Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center in MLS First Kick 2012, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and tickets are on sale now as part of season ticket packages as well as three and six-game plans. For more information about this game or to purchase tickets, please visit the club’s official website at www.lagalaxy.com.