The Rio Grande Valley FC, Houston Dynamo’s USL Championship hybrid affiliate, announced today that the club has signed forward Garrett McLaughlin and midfielder Luka Prpa, pending league and federation approval. Both players were selected by the Houston Dynamo in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
McLaughlin was selected by the Dynamo with the 8th overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and saw action in 76 games with 68 starts during his four-year career at Southern Methodist University. The forward scored 37 goals and tallied 13 assists with the Mustangs and earned an American Athletic Conference First Team honor in 2019. The Oklahoma native finished his senior season as the team’s leading goal-scorer with 16 goals, finishing second in the American Athletic Conference and seventh in the NCAA.
Prpa was selected in the second round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and led Marquette in the midfield starting in 60 of 66 games played throughout his four-year collegiate career. The midfielder scored 18 goals and tallied 21 assists, earning All-Big East Second Team in 2017 and 2019, as well as All-Big East First Team in 2018.
Both players will be eligible for selection on Friday as Rio Grande Valley close the preseason against San Antonio FC at Toyota Field.