MLS Draft 2012: LA Galaxy Pick Tommy Meyer To Close Out 1st Round

Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy knew they needed to add a defender with Omar Gonzalez possibly out for the season with a torn ACL and they were able to get that defender with the last pick of the first round. The defending MLS Cup champions selected Tommy Meyer from Indiana, a senior who can help fill in with some depth at the back right from the start. A big, strong central defender, Meyer fits the mold of Gonzalez, even if he isn't as good, so he can step in when asked and play alongside the smaller, quicker A.J. DeLaGarza.

Meyer is another big defender out of Indiana who actually has a little more skill out of the centerback position than you might imagine. While definitely not goal dangerous even on set pieces, he is considered a strong aerial player and his passing was good enough to pick up seven assists during his senior season.

He's probably not ready to come in and start right away, but there's no reason he can't compete for a No. 3 centerback spot. His technical skills are actually reasonably strong and he could prove to be a decent starter not too far down the line.

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