This is Part Seven in a series of players who will play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2012.
There is a small town in the heart of Indiana called Bloomington, where a certain seven-time national champion side plays the world game.
The Indiana Hoosiers, currently under the tutelage of manager Todd Yeagley, are a team that has seen many great players come through its doors: Dema Kovalenko, Chris Klein, Will Bruin, Drew Moor, Danny O'Rourke and Ned Gravaboy, among others.
One of those Hoosiers set to make an impact is defender Tommy Meyer, who will be beginning his career in Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Meyer will look to add some much-needed depth in the back line and fortify a defense that keyed LA to a successful MLS Cup and Supporters Shield double in 2011.
Meyer was born on March 20, 1990 in St. Louis, Missouri. Football is in the blood of the Meyer family; father Keith was a four-year letterwinner for Indiana and won national titles with the Hoosiers in 1982 and 1983.
A two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American,, Meyer shined as a prep athlete, earning all-state and Parade Magazine All-American honors at St. Louis University High School in 2006 and 2007. During his time with the Jr. Billikens, Meyer played for the USA U-17 men's national team which advanced to the round of 16 of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
In 2008, Meyer began his playing career with the Indiana Hoosiers, appearing in 18 matches to go with 16 starts. As a sophomore, Meyer started all 22 matches at central defender, an integral part of a back line that posted nine shutouts in 2009.
2010 was where the awards began to pile up for Meyer. Starting 19 matches at the left center-back position, Meyer was named to the All-Big Ten second team, leading the Hoosiers to a regional semifinal appearance, where they lost to eventual champions Akron.
In 2011, Meyer was named to the All-Big Ten first team, helping lead the Hoosiers to the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. By the end of his career at Bloomington, Meyer appeared in 81 matches, starting 79 of those games for the Cream and Crimson.
Meyer's play apparently drew the attention of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who came into the SuperDraft looking for a proven defender. On January 12, 2012, Meyer was selected as the 19th overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
The adage rings true to those who follow sport: defense wins championships. And for Tommy Meyer, he will look to add more titles for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a central defender in 2012.