Thursday, January 17, 2008

Baltimore Blast

We've been in Baltimore the last couple of days and the snow has finally stopped, turning to a lovely frozen rain making all of us miss Southern California that much more.

The first Galaxy staff got into town on Tuesday night with Alexi coming in on Wednesday night and the triumvirate of Paul, Trevor and Cobi got in on Thursday afternoon, coming up straight from Fort Lauderdale.

One person who will not be in attendance tomorrow afternoon is Ruud, who flew back to LA on Tuesday and then was off to Holland on Wednesday to finalize some personal affairs that will get him back to the States in plenty of time for the start of preseason.

In case anyone forgot, the Galaxy have seven picks are spread over all four rounds, with one in the first round, two in the second round, two in the third round and two in the fourth.

Those picks are...
#4 - Galaxy's Natural First Round Selection
# 21 - Second Round Pick acquired from the New York Red Bulls as part of the John Wolyniec trade on August 16, 2006
# 28 - Second Round Pick acquired from the Houston Dynamo as part of the Kelly Gray-Nate Jaqua trade on July 3, 2007
# 29 - Third Round Pick acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes as compensation for the Galaxy's release of head coach Frank Yallop
# 34 - Third Round Pick acquired from the Columbus Crew as part of the Stefani Miglioranzi trade on January 18, 2007
# 46 - Galaxy's Natural Fourth Round Selection
# 51 - Fourth Round Pick acquired from the New York Red Bulls as part of the Santino Quaranta trade on June 25, 2007

The Galaxy had three other picks in the SuperDraft that were traded away by the club, with the Revolution claiming the Galaxy's natural second round pick (#18) through a Draft day trade in 2007, the Wizards received a second round pick from the Galaxy (#25) in the trade for Shavar Thomas last March. Incidentally, the Galaxy had originally acquired this pick from the Wizards in the trade for Kevin Hartman last year. Lastly, the Galaxy's natural third round selection (#32) was sent to the Red Bulls as part of the 2006 trade of John Wolyniec.

We stopped by the Convention Center today to take a look at the floor and the Galaxy group should get plenty of air time tomorrow on ESPN2 and as we have one of the tables closest to the podium, stage left.

We'll have more from the draft and some pre-draft tidbits tomorrow morning so check back as we prepare to welcome seven new players into our Galaxy family.

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