HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s soccer senior Daniel Keat (Welllington, New Zealand) was selected by the LA Galaxy with the third pick in the first round of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.
The three-round Supplemental Draft took place today as a follow-up to last week's SuperDraft, which featured three rounds of 18 picks each. Keat was chosen early on with the third overall pick in the first round today and has signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, two-time MLS Cup champion. The former Big Green midfielder was invited to the MLS pre-draft combine
in Florida, where he was able to showcase his skills and improve his draft stock. He was considered to be one of the best available players in the Supplemental Draft and the Galaxy has received praise for the choice.
“In the first day of the combine, I actually thought he was the best player there," said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “I’ve watched him play closely this year,” Arena said. "I saw him against UCLA and thought he was among the best players on the field in a game with a bunch of talented players."
Keat moves on to the professional ranks after a stellar collegiate career at Dartmouth. The midfielder earned All-Ivy honors four times, including three times on the All-Ivy first team. He also earned NSCAA All-Northeast honors three times (first team as a junior and senior) and was an NSCAA third team All-America in 2009. A two-time captain, he started 58 of 64 career games played and graduated sixth all-time with 53 career points (20 goals, 13
The flashy midfielder has also been a player on the international scene, representing his native New Zealand at the U-20 World Cup in 2007 and earning a spot on the 2008 Olympic team, which he missed due to injury.
“He’s a box-to-box player and obviously that’s going to have to be analyzed at the next level,” Arena said. “But I think he’s a talented player with a great engine, looks like a player that’s really alert and has a good mind for the game.”