LA Galaxy Draft Striker Rugg, Defenders Opare & Cochran

The Galaxy’s three picks in today’s MLS SuperDraft are Boston College forward Charlie Rugg, Michigan defender Kofi Opare (is he a potential replacement for Omar Gonzalez should the highly-rated defender get scooped up by a foreign club?) and Louisville’s Greg Cochrane.

Stand by for some comments from coach Bruce Arena.

Here’s video of Rugg in action:

Here’s video of Opare:

In a conference call with reporters at an airport while he was waiting for a flight, coach Bruce Arena talked about the draft and player acquisitions in general.

The club is still seeking to add “one or two international players,” he said after confirming earlier in the day the team had spoken to representatives of Kaka and Frank Lampard. Also, neither central defender David Junior Lopes nor goalkeeper Josh Saunders will return to the franchise, he confirmed.

On Rugg: “Charlie Rugg is a player who is a second forward or a wide midfielder. We’re going to try him out wide right.


He’s got good speed and strength to run at players.”

Arena reiterated that he will meet with Landon Donovan this weekend ahead of the opening of camp Monday to determine his intentions: “I’m going to talk to him and see how he’s feeling physically, mentally and discuss how we are going to move forward.”

Beat writer Phil Collin had more in Friday’s newspaper.

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