1996 MLS College Draft

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The 1996 Major League Soccer College Draft was held on March 4, 1996, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

History[edit]

As Major League Soccer prepared for its first season, the league began stocking teams with players. As the teams were being created at the same time, the league adopted a measured approach to building rosters. First, the league allocated four "big name" players to each team. Then on February 6 and 7, 1996, the league held its 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. Over sixteen rounds, teams selected players from any source. Then on March 4, 1996, the league held a three-round draft of collegiate players. The 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft was held later the same day.

^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the US Soccer Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for an MLS Best XI team

Round 1[edit]

Pick # MLS team Player Position Affiliation
1 Kansas City Wiz[R1 trade 1] Matt McKeon M St. Louis University
2 D.C. United[R1 trade 2] Eddie Pope D University of North Carolina
3 Dallas Burn[R1 trade 3] Brandon Pollard D University of Virginia
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny Adam Frye D UCLA
5 Kansas City Wiz Chris Snitko GK UCLA
6 New England Revolution Paul Keegan F Boston College
7 Los Angeles Galaxy Guillermo Jara F University of San Diego
8 Dallas Burn Jeff Cassar GK Florida International University
9 Colorado Rapids Mike Gentile M University of Wisconsin–Madison
10 Columbus Crew Mac Cozier F UNC-Charlotte

Round 1 trades[edit]

  1. ^ #1: D.C. United → Kansas City Wiz. 3 March 1996: Kansas City Wiz acquired this first-round pick and goalkeeper Garth Lagerwey from D.C. United in exchange for goalkeeper Jeff Causey.[ref 1]
  2. ^ #2: New York/New Jersey MetroStars → D.C. United. 3 March 1996: D.C. United acquired this first-round selection from New York/New Jersey MetroStars in exchange for first-round (#1) and third-round (#21) picks in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft.[ref 1]
  3. ^ #3: San Jose Clash → New York/New Jersey MetroStars → Dallas Burn. 4 March 1996: Dallas Burn acquired this first-round selection from New York/New Jersey MetroStars in exchange for a first-round pick (#8) in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft.[ref 2] On 26 February 1996, in the first trade in league history, New York/New Jersey had acquired this first-round pick and midfielder Rhett Harty from San Jose Clash in exchange for defender Troy Dayak.[ref 3]

Round 2[edit]

Pick # MLS team Player Position Affiliation
11 New York/New Jersey MetroStars[R2 trade 1] Scott Lamphear D University of Wisconsin–Madison
12 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Miles Joseph F Clemson University
13 San Jose Clash Derick Brownell F Santa Clara University
14 Tampa Bay Mutiny Casey Sweeney M Butler University
15 Kansas City Wiz Diego Gutierrez M Rockhurst University
16 New England Revolution Imad Baba M Clemson University
17 Los Angeles Galaxy Greg Vanney M UCLA
18 Tampa Bay Mutiny[R2 trade 2] Steve Ralston M Florida International University
19 Colorado Rapids Paul Grafer GK William & Mary College
20 Columbus Crew Ricci Greenwood F Seattle Pacific University

Round 2 trades[edit]

  1. ^ #11: D.C. United → New York/New Jersey MetroStars. 4 March 1996: New York/New Jersey MetroStars acquired this second-round pick, a second-round selection (#11) in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft, and goalkeeper Matthew Olson from D.C. United in exchange for a first-round pick (#8) in the 1996 Supplemental Draft.[ref 2]
  2. ^ #18: Dallas Burn → Tampa Bay Mutiny. 4 March 1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny acquired this second-round pick from Dallas Burn in exchange for a second-round selection (#14) in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft.[ref 2]

Round 3[edit]

Pick # MLS team Player Position Affiliation
21 D.C. United Jesse Marsch M Princeton University
22 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Hamisi Amani-Dove F Rutgers University
23 San Jose Clash Eddie Lewis F UCLA
24 Tampa Bay Mutiny Nate Daligcon D Seattle Pacific University
25 Kansas City Wiz Dion Sebwe D Park University
26 New England Revolution Paulo Dos Santos M University of Rhode Island
27 Los Angeles Galaxy Ante Razov F UCLA
28 Dallas Burn Brandon Cavitt M Sacramento State University
29 Colorado Rapids PASS
30 Columbus Crew Todd Miller M Westminster College

Round 3 trades[edit]

No trades reported.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2014 SuperDraft Book" (PDF). Major League Soccer. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "MLS: Transactions". Soccer America. 4 March 1996. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Yannis, Alex (27 February 1996). "Soccer Report". New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2014.