With their first pick of the second round in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the LA Galaxy chose 22-year-old defender Kofi Opare from the University of Michigan. Opare was a key defender on Detroit City FC’s inaugural squad, helping lead the backline into play in the NPSL’s competitive Great Lakes Conference.
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Opare holds both Canadian and American citizenship and has represented the United States at the U-20 level.
A four-year starter with the Wolverines, Opare appeared in 76 games during his college career, scoring six goals and adding a pair of assists. After being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2009, he set career-highs for games played and games started as a sophomore in 2010, helping lead Michigan to the College Cup Semifinals for the first time in school history.
A Second Team All-Big Ten selection as a junior, Opare scored a career-high three goals during his senior season when he served as one of the Wolverines tri-captains.
Colgate’s Mike Reidy, who spends the summers with FC Buffalo, is projected to go in the MLS Supplemental Draft that will take place next week.
Photo Credit: University of Michigan Athletics