LA Galaxy chose Kyle Venter for its sole selection during the first half of the MLS SuperDraft. Venter is a 22-year-old center back who played for New Mexico. He may have not been the top pick in the SuperDraft, but he was definitely the in the top 3 center backs available that day. A defensive pick for Galaxy is a great choice, because it has picked up many forwards during the offseason.
Days before the SuperDraft, Galaxy traded their first-round pick to Columbus Crew for a second-round pick. This was done after the Player Combine which signifies that Galaxy did not see anyone it was dying to have. In the SuperDraft of years past, it has selected many players that are now essential to the team. This year may not have been the same, but it is unknown what Venter will have in store for Galaxy.
Venter is stands at 6-foot-3 which almost matches the height of Omar Gonzalez. That height is what lets him win balls in the air and score header goals from corner kicks. Hopefully Venter will see Gonzalez as a mentor and take some pointers. Gonzalez is currently away at U.S. National Team Soccer Camp, and if he proves himself he may be in Brazil this summer. Venter could be one of the players to take his place, but there are already other defenders looking to fill Gonzalez’s shoes.
Galaxy has had a lot of movement this offseason and has had to let go of many players. One of the most upsetting moves was the sacrifice of Sean Franklin. It had to be done to avoid future salary cap issues, but it was hard to see him go. Franklin, Gonzalez, AJ De La Garza and Todd Dunivant were the perfect back four for Galaxy’s lineup. With Franklin out of the picture the Galaxy will need to try to find the perfect back four that have chemistry. Maybe Venter will be the player to fill the gap left by Franklin.