Kofi Opare, a defender who played from 2009-12 for the Michigan Wolverines and joined Detroit City FC for its inaugural season, was taken No. 24 overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by the defending champion L.A. Galaxy.
Opare served as Michigan’s team captain last season and was a key member of the 2010 team that advanced to the College Cup semifinals.
All three participants in an MLSSoccer.com mock draft this week had Opare coming off the board in the second round. Jason Saghini wrote: “The big centerback offers some depth to a team with only three true centerback options on the roster”, while projecting Opare to go No. 30; Matt Doyle had Opare at No. 32: “Opare has American citizenship and Canadian residency, and he’s the type of physical specimen who could contribute in MLS if he gets the right seasoning.”
Here are some of Opare’s Michigan highlights, courtesy of the MLS website:
Full results of the SuperDraft can be found here.