Houston (CBS Houston) – The first day of the MLS SuperDraft was a busy one for the Dynamo as they make two trades and draft three players.
The club had the fourth overall pick in Friday’s draft, but traded the pick to Portland for the 10th overall selection, $100,000 in general allocation money and an international roster slot.
With the 10th pick the Dynamo midfielder Joe Holland from Hofstra. Holland is from London, England and will occupy one of the international roster slots the Dynamo own.
Holland was a first team all-conference award recipient in his final three seasons for Hofstra, who play in the Colonial Athletic Association. In 79 career games, Holland scored 19 goals and tallied 28 assists.
Shortly after, the Dynamo would make their second trade of the afternoon when they sent $125,000 in general allocation money and $50,000 of targeted allocation money to the LA Galaxy for defender A.J. DeLaGarza.
DeLaGarza was an integral piece to the LA Galaxy backline that won the MLS Cup in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
DeLaGarza is a two-time Galaxy defender of the year, but may be even better off the pitch. In 2014, DeLaGarza won the 2014 MLS Works Humanitarian of the Year after raising money for heart care and research.
In the second round, 30th overall, the Dynamo selected goalie Jake McGuire out of Tulsa. McGuire had 17 shutouts in 67 career collegiate matches.
Defender Danilo Radjen from Akron was selected a few picks later in the second round, 36th overall. Radjen appeared in 30 matches for Akron, starting 29 of those. Before transferring to Akron, Radjen began his college career at Cleveland State University.