It's been a while since the LA Galaxy drafted Andrew Wolverton in the MLS SuperDraft. The ex-Nittany Lion goalkeeper was selected in the fourth round by the defending MLS Cup winners, but after that, it's been quiet on the Wolverton front.
Today, the Galaxy officially announced that it agreed to terms with Wolverton, who trained with the first team for the first time last month after coming back from a foot injury. The details of his contract are not know, and Galaxy head coach/general manager Bruce Arena said in a statement that "Andrew is a talented young player. He will give our team depth at the goalkeeper position going forward."
Wolverton left Penn State with a bevy of accolades, as he was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection and was selected to the first team once. He has the most shutouts (32) and the best goals against average (0.53) in program history, and his 225 saves are the fourth-highest in Penn State history. According to GoPSUSports, he is the seventh player in program history to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft.
The Galaxy are currently five points back of Western Conference leader Seattle, and have a pretty established pecking order in net. Jaime Penedo and Brian Rowe are the teams No. 1 and 2 options in goal. Penedo's contract expires at the end of the year, but his contract does feature a team option for 2016. Brian Perk is the team's third option in net.
Hopefully Wolverton can work his way up the depth chart and eventually become the team's No. 1 option. Worst case scenario, it takes him a little while to get the spot/become the US Men's National Team's top choice in goal (or something).