Tuesday was 2022 MLS Draft Day, and the LA Galaxy had the best first-round moment when they drafted Michigan State striker Farai Mutatu with his parents announcing the choice. In subsequent rounds, they selected Clemson midfielder Callum Johnson and University of St Louis defender Chandler Vaughn before handing over their final selection.
Johnson played two seasons at Clemson after starting his college career at Boston College. A regular contributor to both schools, he has scored a handful of goals and assists each season, including last season in the College Cup, which the Tigers won. A native of New York, Johnson starred in the New York Red Bulls Academy, and they have become many great professionals over the years.
With the 60th overall pick and their final selection in the MLS Draft, the Galaxy chose defenseman Chandler Vaughn of the University of St. Louis. After starting his college career at Pitt, Vaughn has spent the last two seasons honing his craft with the Billikens. In 2021, Vaughn started 17 of the 19 games he played, ending the season with one goal and two assists. The solid defender is no stranger to great times and will no doubt use that experience to settle down and make a name for himself within the Galaxy organization.
As expected, the LA Galaxy forwarded their final pick of the 2022 MLS Draft. With three incoming rookies, the G’z have a great influx of young talent to develop. Whether they’re spending time with Los Dos or gaining some useful minutes with the main team, only time will tell. The team will be hoping to have achieved at least one of those picks, as they continue to gain depth while pursuing a more successful 2022 campaign.
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