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LAFC select defender CC Uche in the 2nd round of the 2021 MLS Draft

Ohio State and Duke product gets call from black-and-gold.

NCAA SOCCER: OCT 21 Notre Dame at Duke Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

LAFC’s second selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday was Ohio State defender CC Uche.

A center back, the Georgia native played the last two seasons at Ohio State, a full 2018 campaign and an injury-shortened 2019 stint, and did not play NCAA soccer in the fall because the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to joining the Buckeyes, Uche played two seasons at Duke University, where he was a regular starter his freshman season.

While LAFC has had a mixed record in terms of signing MLS Draft picks, they could use more depth in defense and so Uche could have a track at a pro deal, and general manager John Thorrington explained all of the draft picks will get a look by the club in training camp.

“Uche, we thought he showed certain qualities that did catch our eye in our scouting,” Thorrington told reporters on a post-draft conference call. “With all of these players, it’s an exciting day for them, it’s an exciting day for us, that we can offer them an opportunity to come and impress our staff. Every player is given an opportunity to impress, and then it’s up to them.”

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