Feb. 4, 2005
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara All-American's Drew McAthy and Dan Kennedy will be staying in California, as the pair of seniors were selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, respectively, in today's Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. McAthy will now report to the Galaxy's camp in Carson, Calif., and Kennedy will be traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico to join Chivas for training camp.
"It's all good," said Kennedy upon learning of the news. "Chivas will be a good fit for me, I really think that I have a shot as making the 18-man [game day] roster."
New this season to the MLS is the implementation of a reserve/developmental league and an increase roster size to 28 players. The 48 players picked in four round supplemental draft will join their organizations as reserve players, meaning they will not count towards the 18-man game day roster.
McAthy, UCSB's all-time scoring champion with 53 career goals, was selected by Los Angeles with the seventh pick in the second round, the 19th overall. Kennedy, the Gauchos' all-time shutout leader with 34 complete game blankings in his career, was taken by Chivas with the second pick of the fourth round, the 38th overall.
Kennedy and McAthy are both familiar with the home grounds of their respective clubs, Carson's Home Depot Center. In December McAthy and Kennedy led UCSB into the NCAA National Championship match where they battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of double-overtime. McAthy earned the College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player with a trio of goals in the Gauchos' two matches. Kennedy was also named the College Cup's all-tournament team after blanking Duke in the semifinals at the HDC.
Both players are expected to report to training camp, which began last week for both teams, by early next week.