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    Galaxy makes trade with Atlanta United, selects two in MLS SuperDraft
    • December 20, 2023

    The Galaxy made two selections in Tuesday’s MLS SuperDraft and made a trade with Atlanta United.

    In the second round, the Galaxy selected Western Michigan goalkeeper Ethan Brandt with the 46th overall pick. Brandt, who attended West Torrance High, made 22 appearances last season, allowing 16 goals (0.71 GAA).

    The Galaxy selected UCLA midfielder Tucker Lepley (No. 62 overall) in third round. Lepley earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors for as a senior. Lepley scored three goals with two assists in 18 games.

    Before the draft, the Galaxy traded one of their second-round picks to Atlanta United for the rights to forward Miguel Berry.

    Berry, 26, made 27 appearances last season, scoring just one goal. In 2021, he scored eight goals in 18 games with Columbus Crew.

    “We are excited to work with Miguel and look forward to adding his attacking experience to our roster,” Galaxy general manager Will Kuntz said.

    Berry is out of contract, so the Galaxy must sign him to new deal or he will go into the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Berry made $135,000 last season.

    LAFC makes two selections

    Near the end of the first round, LAFC selected West Virginia goalkeeper Jackson Lee 28th overall. Lee made 24 appearances last season. Lee holds dual citizenship of Australia and the U.S. Abraham Romero is currently the only goalkeeper under contract for LAFC.

    In the second round, LAFC selected Georgetown defender and Irvine native Kenny Nielsen (University HS) at No. 57 overall.

    Locals selected

    UCLA defender Grayson Doody (Loyola HS/Hermosa Beach) was selected 10th overall in the first round by CF Montreal.

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    Cal State Northridge’s Jamar Ricketts was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes at No. 13. One pick later, Loyola Marymount’s Tyger Smalls was selected by Charlotte FC.

    Oregon State defender Turner Humphrey (Redlands HS) was selected in the second round by FC Dallas (No. 44 overall).

    Cal defender Kevin Carmichael (Oaks Christian HS) was selected by Nashville SC in the second round (No. 50 overall).

    ​ Orange County Register