We're a few months away from several Penn Staters getting drafted in the NFL Draft. Today, a Penn Stater got selected in the other football's draft, as Nittany Lion goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton was selected by the LA Galaxy in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Wolverton was selected in the fourth round by the reigning MLS Cup winners. The Galaxy won the Cup on Dec. 7 with a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution. Unfortunately, Wolverton went later than most anticipated. Despite being one of the top goalkeeping prospects available and a projected first rounder, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Wolverton was somehow the ninth and final keeper selected in the Draft.
Fortunately, Wolverton fell to one of the best clubs in the Draft. He could potentially play right away, as the Galaxy's starting netminder from last season -- Panamanian international Jaime Penedo, who was among the best keepers in MLS last year -- is a free agent. The only other keeper on LA's roster is 26-year-old Brian Rowe, who has four caps with the first team. Of course, odds are the club will want to develop Wolverton a bit and it plans on re-signing Penedo or getting another keeper.
However, should Wolverton play immediately, he will be surrounded with a bevy of talent. While the Galaxy lose American hero Landon Donovan to retirement, there are several All-Stars on the club in defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Robbie Keane. It also features an up-and-coming star in forward Gyasi Zardes, and starting this season, it will be the home of Liverpool legend and world-class faller downer Steven Gerrard.
Wolverton is arguably the greatest keeper in Penn State soccer history. He had 32 career shutouts as a member of the Nittany Lions and allowed 0.53 goals per match. His all-time record with the Blue and White was 38-23-8, he started 70 matches during his four years in Happy Valley and made a bevy of All-Big Ten teams during his career.
So congratulations, Andrew! We wish you the best out on the best coast, and I'll see you when your Galaxy come to Yankee Stadium to play my beloved NYCFC on -- *looks at the schedule* -- well, damn, the Galaxy don't come to the Bronx this year. Oh well. Still, best of luck to you.