After making two selections in last Thursday’s MLS Superdraft, the Galaxy added more youth to the aging roster with four selections in the Supplemental draft. After trading away their 3rd round selection in the superdraft for the 3rd pick in the supplemental draft. With that selection the Galaxy took Dartmouth midfielder Daniel Keat. They used their other first round selection on Stanford Defender Ryan Thomas. Their second round selection went to North Carolina midfielder Dustin McCarty. The Galaxy then finished up the draft by selecting West Virginia goalkeeper Zach Johnson.
Daniel Keat is a talented attacking midfielder who has great potential. The reason he was not selected in the Superdraft is because he has international status and he is a little older than most at 23 years of age. Keat was a member of the 2008 New Zealand Olympic team. He also played at the U-20 world cup for New Zealand. He was the National League Youth Player of the Year in 2004-2005. He was named as a Freshman All-American his first year at Dartmouth. He then concluded his career with a 3rd team NSCAA selection this past season. He can bring an attacking presence in the midfield. He counts as an international player against the Galaxy’s roster, but he has great potential and a lethal long range shot.
Ryan Thomas was the 16th overall selection in the MLS Supplemental draft. He played at Arsenal FC as a youth where he was a teammate of Hector Jimenez, who was the Galaxy’s second round selection in the Superdraft. He was named second team all Pac-10 this past season and has spent time with the US U-20 team in the past. He is good on the ball and has spent time in the midfield. He is best suited as a left back who can make overlapping runs similar to those of Sean Franklin. He will not be counted on immediately with Todd Dunivant slated to be the starter, but with the Reserve League starting again this season, he will get some time to play but can learn from veteran Frankie Hejduk who has had great success as an outside back. Thomas is very fast, and can attack, defend and whip in a good cross. He could overlap Landon Donovan when Donovan starts cutting in from the Left Midfield position.
Dustin McCarty was the 34th overall selection in the MLS SUperdraft. The midfielder spent three years at the University of North Carolina after being on the Conference USA All-Freshman team while at the University of South Florida. However, he may be best known by another moniker, brother of Dax McCarty. Dax was a member of FC Dallas last season, he was left unprotected in the expansion draft and after a trade ended up at DC United. Dustin played multiple midfield positions while at UNC, but will likely be a holding midfielder during his MLS career. Dustin is an extremely hard worker, he can win balls and is ultimately a very similar player as his brother.
With the 52nd overall selection the Galaxy selected Zach Johnson. Johnson was a four-year starter at West Virginia University. He was named the 2008 Big-East Goalkeeper of the year and finished his career with 36 shutouts while allowing less than a goal per game. The Galaxy already have three goalies on their roster with Donovan Ricketts, Josh Saunders, and Brian Perk who was acquired in August after he was waived by the Philadelphia Union. Brian Perk was the 49th selection in the 2010 Superdraft. The former UCLA Bruin has spent a lot of time with the US youth national teams. It is very unlikely that the Galaxy will carry four goalies on their roster. Ricketts and Saunders have proven themselves, so the Galaxy will probably have one developmental keeper on their roster, which will come down to Perk and Johnson. Johnson is tall and has all the measurables of a good keeper. He can read crosses, but needs help with his distribution.
While everyone selected at the Supplemental draft is unlikely to be on the roster by the start of the season. The Galaxy added even more depth to their midfield, with two players that can play in the holding midfielder position. They added someone who can learn the left back position under Dunivant and eventually step in and be a starter. Overall it was a very good day of selections for the Galaxy. The only questionable decision is that they did not draft a forward in either the Superdraft or Supplemental draft. They are now relying on Juan Pablo Angel, who they have not signed yet. Additionally, newly acquired Chad Barrett, Adam Cristman, along with Mike Magee and Jovan Kirovski will be counted on immensely to provide a scoring punch.