2 OF THE 8 WOLVERINE MLS DRAFTEES HAVE SUITED UP FOR CITY
With their first pick of the second round in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the LA Galaxy chose 22-year-old defender Kofi Opare from the University of Michigan. A late addition to Le Rouge, Opare was a key defender on Detroit City FC’s inaugural squad, which limited opponents to 12 goals in 13 matches in the NPSL’s competitive Great Lakes Conference.
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Opare holds both Canadian and American citizenship and has represented the United States at the U-20 level.
A four-year starter with the Wolverines, Opare appeared in 76 games during his college career, scoring six goals and adding a pair of assists. After being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2009, he was named a Second Team All-Big Ten selection as a junior; Opare scored a career-high three goals during his senior season when he served as one of the Wolverines tri-captains.
"I'm very excited and honored to represent the University of Michigan on the professional level," Opare told mgoblue.com. "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."
A four-year starter for the Wolverines on the back line, Opare 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.
Opare was joined on the Detroit City pitch by fellow Wolverine Knox Cameron, an MLS draftee in 2005. Cameron was picked in the 4th round and went on to appear in 30 games for the Columbus Crew in 2005 and 2006, scoring 4 goals.
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