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2012 MLS SuperDraft: Galaxy Select Tommy Meyer, Kenney Walker: Fan’s Reaction
The Los Angeles Galaxy had the last pick in both rounds of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 12. With the 19th pick, our side selected Tommy Meyer, a senior defender from Indiana University. With the 38th selection, the Galaxy went for Kenney Walker, a midfielder from the University of Louisville.
With central defender Omar Gonzalez going down with a torn ACL before the 2012 MLS season started, Meyer was clearly a depth pickup for our side. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena previously said that the player or players who will fill in for Gonzalez were not expected to come from the SuperDraft. LAG Confidential pointed out that the draft day packet said that Meyer was "lacking a bit of athleticism" but was compared to Danny Califf of the Philadelphia Union.
With exciting midfielder Juninho ending his loan with the Galaxy by re-signing with Sao Paulo, our side needed to pick up a midfielder as well. They did so with the selection of Kenney Walker. Unlike Juninho, Walker is a defensive type of midfielder.
Arena liked both of the selections. About Meyer, he said the Galaxy were going to be after a center back even before Gonzalez was injured. "He's got a pretty good background, from one of the premier collegiate soccer programs. He has all the characteristics to become a good professional, has got the right physical requirements to be a good center back in terms of his height, which is important in being a center back." Meyer is 6-2, 175 pounds.
Arena was surprised that the midfielder Walker was still around when the Galaxy selected him as he was impressive during the MLS combine. Arena remarked about Walker, "He fills a position that we could use a little help with anyway."
It's hard to gauge how these late round picks will turn out for the Galaxy. It seems safe to say that if either of them turn out to be solid contributors that the draft was a success. The Supplemental Draft still lies ahead and the Galaxy could also turn to that opportunity to add depth to the team.
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Luis Bueno, "Galaxy shore up depth with draft picks Meyer, Walker", LAGalaxy.com
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