Galaxy Snaps Up Angel in MLS Re-Entry Draft

The LA Galaxy made a trade with Houston for the right to pick fifth in today’s Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, then used that spot to grab former Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel. LA sent a future fourth-round SuperDraft selection to the Dynamo in exchange for the pick.

The alltime leading scorer in New York history (61 goals), Angel could now partner with U.S. international Edson Buddle up top in LA, with MLS superstars Landon Donovan and David Beckham supporting them in midfield. (Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena helped bring Angel from Aston Villa to New York when Arena coached the Red Bulls.)

The Galaxy—and all other teams who made selections in today’s event—have seven days to make an offer to the players they’ve picked.

While LA’s surprise selection of Angel caused the biggest waves, there was plenty of other action in Stage 2 of the inaugural Re-Entry Draft: DC United took 33-year-old striker Josh Wolff with the first pick, and Chivas USA picked Wolff’s former teammate in Kansas City, centerback Jimmy Conrad, also 33.

Here’s the complete list of players selected:

Round 1

D.C. United: Josh Wolff

Chivas USA: Jimmy Conrad

New England Revolution: Ryan Cochrane

LA Galaxy: Juan Pablo Ángel

Chicago Fire: Cory Gibbs

Sporting Kansas City: Frankie Hejduk

Seattle Sounders: Chris Seitz

Columbus Crew: Jeff Cunningham

LA Galaxy: Luke Sassano

Colorado Rapids: Tyrone Marshall

Round 2

New England Revolution: Fred

Leading the list of players not selected was former Columbus playmaker Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Former LA midfielder Dema Kovalenko, ex-Toronto defender Nick Garcia, and erstwhile Houston keeper Pat Onstad were also passed over.

Every available player not selected today becomes a free agent who can negotiate with any team on a first-come, first-serve basis.