1997 MLS College Draft

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The 1997 Major League Soccer College Draft.

On February 1 and 2, 1997, Major League Soccer held its second annual college draft in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The draft was held in conjunction with the Umbro Select College All-Star Classic. The game was played on Saturday, February 1, 1997 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The first round of the draft took place at halftime and was broadcast live by Prime Sports. The second and third rounds of the draft took place beginning at 9:00 AM EST in the Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton.[1] The 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft took place Sunday afternoon.

Round 1[edit]

Pick

Player

MLS Team

Previous Team

1 Tahj Jakins (D) Colorado Rapids UCLA
2 Mike Fisher (M) Tampa Bay Mutiny University of Virginia
3 Rob Jachym (M) Columbus Crew University of Hartford
4 Alberto Montoya (M) San Jose Clash Santa Clara University
5 Brian Kelly (M) New York/New Jersey MetroStars Duke University
6 Temoc Suarez (F) Dallas Burn University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7 Brian Johnson (M) Kansas City Wizards Fresno State
8 Mike Mekelburg (M) Tampa Bay Mutiny University of South Florida
9 Steve Jolley (M) Los Angeles Galaxy William & Mary College
10 Danny Care (D) D.C. United Clemson University

Round 2[edit]

Pick

Player

MLS Team

Previous Team

11 Ross Paule (M) Colorado Rapids Creighton University
12 Scott Coufal (GK) New England Revolution Indiana University
13 John Smith (F) Columbus Crew Rollins College
14 Jason Annicchero (D) San Jose Clash Santa Clara University
15 Will Kohler (M) New York/New Jersey MetroStars Harvard University
16 Alan Branigan (D) Dallas Burn Rutgers University
17 Ike Udeh (F) Kansas City Wizards Alabama A&M
18 PASS Tampa Bay Mutiny
19 Shawn Boney (M) Los Angeles Galaxy Southern Connecticut State
20 Tom Presthus (GK) D.C. United Southern Methodist University

Round 3[edit]

Pick

Player

MLS Team

Previous Team

21 Mike Feniger (F) Colorado Rapids East Stroudsburg
22 Steve Klein (M) New England Revolution Bowling Green State University
23 Todd DeNault (F) Columbus Crew University of South Florida
24 Chris McDonald (M) San Jose Clash University of San Francisco
25 Andrew Lewis (D) New York/New Jersey MetroStars Princeton University
26 J.T. Roberts (M) New England Revolution Northern Kentucky University
27 Jake Joy (M) Kansas City Wizards Midwestern State University
28 Musa Shannon (F) Tampa Bay Mutiny Robert Morris University
29 Kevin Hartman (GK) Los Angeles Galaxy UCLA
30 Brandon Leib (D) D.C. United Georgetown University

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