which will begin play this spring," as stated in the Major League
Soccer press release.
He's the second former St. Francis player in the Galaxy
organization. Pete Vagenas, a 1996 graduate, is already a member of
Los Angeles' professional club.
"We're thrilled for Ryan," St. Francis Coach Glen Appels said of
the news. "It's especially exciting that he was drafted by the
Galaxy. ... That would be a dream if he and Pete got to play
Shaw, a La Canada Flintridge native, was taken in the third round
of four-round draft.
Stated Galaxy President and General Manager Doug Hamilton: "We
selected five promising players that will be the initial building
blocks for the reserve team and could also compete for time with the
Shaw, 22, was a 2001 St. Francis graduate who certainly has the
credentials to make it in the MLS. At St. Francis, he scored a
program-record 80 goals in a career that saw him win All-Area Player
of the Year recognition in 2001, when the Golden Knights won the CIF
Southern Section Division IV title.
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