Harden Selected By Los Angeles Galaxy In 2007 MLS Super Draft
Jan. 12, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Washington senior defender Ty Harden was selected in the second round of the 2007 Major League Soccer Super Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, Friday.
Harden, a native of Junction City, Ore., was the 23rd overall pick in the draft and the third selection by the Galaxy. He was a third-team All-American, two-time All-Region and four-time All-Pac-10 player for the Huskies.
Also selected by Los Angeles were fellow Pac-10 players Robbie Findley, a forward from Oregon State, and Tally Hall, a goalkeeper from San Diego State. Hall is a native of Gig Harbor, Wash. Also drafted by the Galaxy were Josh Tudela (Indiana) and Bobby Burling (Loyola Marymount). Harden was the only defender selected by the Galaxy.
A two-year team captain and four-year starter for Washington, Harden was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams including the 2003 squad that made a school-record trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Harden culminated his career with six goals.
As a senior this past season, Harden was the anchor of a Husky backline that posted eight shutouts, leading Washington to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Not only a standout defender, Harden came through for the Huskies on offense in some crucial situations. He scored the gamewinning goal versus Vermont and scored goals in the last few minutes of matches versus UCLA and Oregon State to force overtime.
Harden will join four other former Huskies who currently play in the MLS. Joe Franchino (New England Revolution), Brandon Prideaux (D.C. United) and Craig Waibel (Houston Dynamo) are all playing in the professional ranks, while 2005 graduate Mike Chabala, a teammate of Harden's for three seasons, was on the reserve team for the Dynamo during the 2006 season.
The Galaxy franchise has been in the news recently after signing former England captain and Manchester United star David Beckham.
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