The 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft was held this morning via conference call, and four UCLA players were selected bringing their total to six players chosen this year to play in MLS. Three went in the first round, with one more going early in the second. Cal State Northridge also had a player selected.
Andy Rose, who trained with the LA Galaxy, was selected by Real Salt Lake with the sixth pick in the Supplemental Draft. The midfielder saw his teammates Shawn Singh and Eder Arreola chosen by Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo, respectively, with the 16th and 18th picks.
Andy Rose was listed as a top 25 prospect by mlssoccer.com, making his fall somewhat surprising. From that report:
A product of English Championship side Bristol City’s youth teams, Rose is an imposing presence in central midfield, generally sitting in front of the back four. Best MLS comparison: Danny O'Rourk
Eder Arreola was listed as a name to know on that same list. The two UCLA players selected in the MLS SuperDraft were both Generation Adidas players, while all four players selected today were graduating seniors.
Goalkeeper Brian Rowe was the last UCLA player chosen, with the fifth pick in the second round by local club Chivas USA. Chivas currently only has one keeper signed to the roster, American Dan Kennedy.
With the last pick in the second round, the LA Galaxy selected Rafael Garcia from Cal State Northridge, in another case of a local player getting on with a local club. Garcia, a midfielder, will have a bit more competition in making the thirty man roster.