Jan. 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Former University of Michigan men's soccer defender Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Catherine's), who played his final season at U-M in 2012, was selected 24th overall (second round) by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2013 SuperDraft on Thursday (Jan. 17) in Indianapolis, Ind. Opare becomes U-M's seventh MLS SuperDraftee, and first since Justin Meram went No. 15 overall to the Columbus Crew in 2011.
"I'm very excited and honored to represent the University of Michigan on the professional level," said Opare of the selection. "It is a dream come true and something that I have focused on since I was young. I have always wanted to play professional soccer and to have the opportunity represent the Los Angeles Galaxy is something I am truly looking forward to."
Opare, a four-year starter for the Wolverines on the back line, joins the Galaxy after playing the 13th-most career matches at U-M (76). He is eighth in matches started (71) and fifth in minutes played (6,411) at Michigan all-time.
This past season, the team tri-captain was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Ten squad and was a member of the Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch List. In 2011, he was named an All-Big Ten second team honoree and was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2009.
He had a career-high three scores in 2012, one of which was a game-winner against Michigan State to secure the re-taking of the Big Bear Trophy, and he netted a pair of markers against Northeastern on Sept. 9.
"This is an exciting day for Kofi and the Michigan men's soccer program," said head coach Chaka Daley. "We are pleased to have one of our own go to a perennial MLS power like the LA Galaxy. We wish him luck as he embarks upon his professional soccer journey."
Opare joins a Galaxy squad that have won back-to-back MLS Cups and features a roster that boasts Landon Donovan and is helmed by former United States National Team coach Bruce Arena.
Opare joins Meram (2011), as well as former Wolverines Mauro Fuzetti (2010) Peri Marosevic, Michael Holody (2009), Peter Dzubay (2006), Knox Cameron (2005) and Kevin Taylor (2004), as MLS SuperDraftees.
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