LAFC picks CSUN standout Daniel Trejo at No. 14 in the MLS draft
Daniel Trejo will not have far to go to begin his expert soccer career after LAFC chose the Cal State Northridge senior with the 14th general pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.
” I’m simply extremely pleased and thrilled to begin this new journey with LAFC,” stated Trejo, who had 26 objectives in an all-conference profession at CSUN. “My dream has always been to play for an MLS group. And a great group. LAFC is among the best teams in MLS.”
Trejo is the 2nd Northridge gamer to be taken in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, following Sean Franklin in 2008. Franklin went on to win 2 MLS Cups with the Galaxy.
” Danny is the finest general gamer to ever walk through our program,” CSUN coach Terry Davila said in a statement. “He has the talent on the field, Huge West Scholar-Athlete and he finished early with a 3.5 GPA. LAFC will assist him grow and reach his complete potential!”
Trejo, a forward, faces a stiff difficulty simply making the lineup because LAFC is deep at the position. Not only does it have the last 2 league scoring champions in Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi, however it has likewise Uruguayan nationwide team gamer Brian Rodríguez; the just recently obtained Corey Baird, a former MLS all-star; and Danny Musovski, who had five goals in 15 games last season.
” LAFC has some really excellent gamers,” Trejo continued in Spanish. “My objective is to discover as much as I can from them.”
Trejo passed up his last season of eligibility after the Big West Conference postponed, then canceled, five fall sports due to the COVID-19 break out. CSUN hasn’t played a competitive game because November 2019.
” We never really got together and even trained,” said Trejo, who completed work on his degree this winter season. “So that’s when I made my decision that it would be best for me to attempt to play pro now and enter into the draft.”
LAFC basic supervisor John Thorrington said the canceled college season forced the group to do much of his searching by video. Trejo pleased with him adaptability and his capability to play anywhere throughout the forward line.
“We likewise liked that he’s a regional item,” Thorrington said.
The Galaxy took University of Denver forward Josh Drack with their very first pick, the 16th of the opening round of the three-round draft. Drack had 11 goals and 10 helps in 61 games, playing his first 2 seasons at Grand Canyon University in his native Arizona. The Galaxy say they intend on utilizing Drack as an outdoors back.
Virginia Tech midfielder Daniel Pereira was the first total choice, going to expansion group Austin FC. Pereira had six goals and six helps in 26 video games in college.
Unlike in the NFL and NBA, where draft picks can turn a franchise around, MLS SuperDraft selections rarely make a significant impact with the team that chose them. Of the gamers LAFC took in the last 3 drafts only defender Tristan Blackmon, a first-round choice in 2018, is still on the first-team lineup. Blackmon is currently in camp with the national team.
None of the Galaxy’s picks from the last three drafts are still with the group.
In the 2nd round the Galaxy took another University of Denver forward with the very same initials when they selected Judd Preston, 21, with the 8th selection and the 35th overall. Preston, who had 7 objectives and a help in 19 games in his only season at Denver in 2019, signed an agreement with Sporting Kansas City’s USL Champion affiliate recently.
LAFC, selecting five spots later on, took Ohio State defender CC Uche.
The Galaxy passed in the 3rd round while LAFC took UC Irvine forward Alvaro Quezada of Lancaster with the 68th general selection. Quezada, a forward, had eight objectives and 9 helps in 56 video games for Irvine, which didn’t play last year.
UCLA midfielder Eric Iloski was also drafted, going to Vancouver with the 19th choice of the second round, one choice ahead of Cal State Fullerton forward Christian Pinzon, who went to the Chicago Fire.
LAFC revealed another transaction Thursday, sending out $50,000 in basic allotment cash to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for the homegrown rights to goalkeeper Tomas Romero, a Salvadoran youth worldwide who played in 17 video games for Bethlehem Steel in the USL Champion over the last 3 years. Romero, 20, was also unbeaten in 12 video games with Georgetown, leading the Hoyas to their only NCAA soccer title in 2019.