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Galaxy adds to depth in MLS SuperDraft

January 17, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • Galaxy fans celebrate their second consecutive MLS Cup at Home Depot Center on Dec. 3.
Galaxy fans celebrate their second consecutive MLS Cup at Home Depot Center… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

The Galaxy added depth at three positions in Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft, choosing a forward, a midfielder and a defender with its three picks.

With the final pick in the first round, the two-time defending MLS champions took Boston College forward Charlie Rugg.

In the second round of the two-round SuperDraft, the Galaxy took defender Kofi Opare from the University of Michigan and midfielder Greg Cochrane from Louisville.

“They do kind of fit some needs and balance out our roster,” Galaxy General Manager and Coach Bruce Arena said. “They’re all promising young players.”

Rugg, 22,  was a three-time All-ACC selection at Boston College, scoring 28 goals and adding 18 assists in 76 games to help his team qualify for the NCAA Tournament during all four years of his college career.

Opare, 22, was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Canada, holds Canadian and U.S. citizenship and has represented the United States at the under-20 level. A four-year starter at Michigan, Opare appeared in 76 games during his college career, scoring six goals and adding a pair of assists.

Cochrane spent the first two years of his college career at Virginia Tech, appearing in 38 games for the Hokies, tallying two goals and eight assists, including a career-best seven assists as a sophomore in 2010. The 22-year-old transferred to Louisville ahead of the start of his junior season and went on to start all 44 games that he played for the Cardinals, scoring six goals and adding five assists while helping his team reach the NCAA Quarterfinals twice.

“We came into today’s draft wanting to add depth to a number of positions and we feel that we were successful in doing that,” Arena said. “Charlie Rugg is a good attacking player with good pace and size, Kofi Opare is a pure, physical center back and Greg Cochrane is a player that can play out wide in the midfield and defense. We’re very happy with all of our selections and look forward to getting these three players into preseason camp with us.”

The Galaxy opens its preseason training camp Monday at the Home Depot Center.

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