MLS DRAFT: UCI trio taken in supplemental

January, 18, 2011
1/18/11
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The Galaxy built some lower-roster depth, Chivas USA picked up two prospects who lasted longer than expected, and UC Irvine sent three players in Major League Soccer during the league's Supplemental Draft held Tuesday.

UC Santa Barbara defender Michael Boxall -- initially considered a potential first-rounder in last week's SuperDraft, but his stock dropped after a poor combine (and because, as a New Zealander, he counts as a foreign player -- was the top pick in Tuesday's proceedings, going to Vancouver.


UC Irvine forward Spencer Thompson went to Portland with the No. 2 pick, forward Amani Walker joined Chicago with the ninth selection, and midfielder/defender Corey Attaway (Chino/Chino Hills HS) was taken by Seattle during the second round.

Stanford's Ryan Thomas (Claremont/Claremont HS) was selected with the second of the Galaxy's two first-round picks.

“I was watching the draft online and it was a shock to me to be picked by the Galaxy,” Thomas told Stanford's website. “I grew up in L.A. and would go to watch the Galaxy games at the Rose Bowl, and now I am going to get to play on that field.”

The Galaxy, of course, moved from the Rose Bowl to the Home Depot Center in 2003, but it still plays the occasional friendly in Pasadena.

Loyola Marymount midfielder Rafael Baca (Lawndale/Animo Leadership HS) wasn't selected and is available to attend any MLS camp as a free agent.

The supplemental's three rounds effectively were rounds 4, 5 and 6 from Tuesday's draft, and most teams used their selections for prospects who will be needed with restoration of the reserve league.

GALAXY

L.A.'s picks:

DANIEL KEAT: New Zealand national-teamer, a four-time All-Ivy League pick and an All-American as a junior, was a savvy, aggressive central midfielder at Dartmouth who might be better suited to wing play in MLS.

RYAN THOMAS: Thomas, a three-year starter at Stanford who prepped at Claremont High School (and played club ball at Alta Loma's Arsenal FC, which also produced Galaxy draft pick Hector Jimenez, from Cal), is an athletic, attacking left back who can play in midfield, too.

DUSTIN McCARTY: Versatile midfielder, a two-year starter at North Carolina after transferring from Central Florida, is the younger brother of D.C. United's Dax McCarty, also a UNC alum. Holding midfielder is his likely No. 1 position.

ZACH JOHNSON: Four-year starter, three-time All-Big East Conference selection owns most of West Virginia's goalkeeping records, including career goals-against average (0.71) and shutouts (36). He'll be fighting second-year keeper Brian Perk for a job.

CHIVAS USA

The Goats' selections:

ERNESTO CARRANZA: Sacramento State career record-holder for assists (with 20, along with 18 goals) was thought a third-/fourth-round likelihood. A playmaker with great skill, he was a three-time All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first-teamer and conference player of the year as a junior.

CURTIS USHEDO: The 6-foot-4 central defender wasn't expected to last more than two rounds in last week's draft, but when Toronto FC and Vancouver let him pass, the big Canadian had nowhere to go. A four-year starter and three-time All-Conference USA pick at UAB.

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