1997 MLS College Draft

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

* Denotes player who has been selected for an MLS Best XI team

Round 1[edit]

Pick # MLS team Player Position College
1 Colorado Rapids Tahj Jakins D UCLA
2 Tampa Bay Mutiny[R1 trade 1] Mike Fisher M University of Virginia
3 Columbus Crew Rob Jachym M University of Hartford
4 San Jose Clash Alberto Montoya M Santa Clara University
5 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Brian Kelly M Duke University
6 Dallas Burn Temoc Suarez F University of North Carolina
7 Kansas City Wizards Brian Johnson M Fresno State
8 Tampa Bay Mutiny Mike Mekelburg M University of South Florida
9 Los Angeles Galaxy Steve Jolley M William & Mary College
10 D.C. United Danny Care D Clemson University

Round 1 trades[edit]

  1. ^ #2: New England Revolution → Tampa Bay Mutiny. 5 November 1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny acquired this first-round pick from New England Revolution in exchange for New England signing head coach Thomas Rongen.[ref 1]

Round 2[edit]

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

Round 2 trades[edit]

No trades reported.

Round 3[edit]

Pick # MLS team Player Position Affiliation
21 Colorado Rapids Mike Feniger F East Stroudsburg
22 New England Revolution Steve Klein M Bowling Green State University
23 Columbus Crew Todd DeNault F University of South Florida
24 San Jose Clash Chris McDonald M University of San Francisco
25 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Andrew Lewis D Princeton University
26 New England Revolution[R3 trade 1] J.T. Roberts M Northern Kentucky University
27 Kansas City Wizards Jake Joy M Midwestern State University
28 Tampa Bay Mutiny Musa Shannon F Robert Morris University
29 Los Angeles Galaxy Kevin Hartman GK UCLA
30 D.C. United Brandon Leib D Georgetown University

Round 3 trades[edit]

  1. ^ #26: Dallas Burn → New England Revolution. 2 February 1997: New England Revolution acquired this third-round pick and a first-round selection (#3) in the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft from Dallas Burn in exchange for a first-round selection (#2) in the 1997 Supplemental Draft.[ref 2]


  1. ^ "MLS: Mutiny trade Hattrup to Dallas". Soccer America. 31 January 1997. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "MLS: 1997 Collegiate Draft Results (Feb. 2)". Soccer America. 2 February 1997. Retrieved 14 August 2015.