Los Angeles Soccer: Roger Downes

MLS DRAFT: Local prospects

January, 11, 2012
1/11/12
7:33
PM PT
Chandler Hoffman and Kelyn Rowe aren't going to last very long once the MLS SuperDraft begins Thursday morning, and Luis Silva, Sam Garza, Miguel Ibarra and Andy Rose figure to be nabbed soon after.

They're the big names, but hardly the only ones, among local players aiming for an opportunity with a Major League Soccer team. There are nearly two dozen players who grew up or went to school in Greater Los Angeles hoping to hear their names called in Kansas City.

Some of them, let's be honest, don't have a shot, not with just two rounds of picks -- 38 in all. Next week's supplemental draft will provide possibilities, and players will be looking to participate in team combines and in trials during preseason training.

Some might look abroad -- there are leagues everywhere on the planet -- and there are two professional minor leagues (NASL, USL Pro) and several pro clubs in the Premier Development League and its rival NPSL.

Here's a quick rundown of 22 players who might find a job in MLS, if the right situation develops:

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