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MLS draft: RSL trades Mathis to Galaxy; selects Portland midfielder

Published January 14, 2010 2:08 pm

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Defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake traded midfielder Clint Mathis and the 16th pick of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the Galaxy's 15th pick of this year's draft and the third-round selection of the 2011 SuperDraft.

RSL used the 15th pick to take Collen Warner, a senior midfielder from the University of Portland. Warner, a 5-foot-10 native of Denver, was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team and to Top Drawer Soccer's All-Season Third Team.

Mathis, in his second go-round with RSL, played 28 games in 2009, scored two goals with seven assists. He played a large role in RSL's march to the 2009 MLS Cup.

The Philadelphia Union selected Oregon State sophomore, and a member of Generation Adidas, Danny Mwanga as the draft's No. 1 pick. The 18-year-old forward was the PAC-10 Player of the Year and one of eight Generation Adidas roster player selected among the first 10 picks.

Generation Adidas players receive educational grants and do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.