1997 MLS College Draft

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

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionCollege
1Colorado RapidsTahj JakinsDUCLA
2Tampa Bay Mutiny[R1 trade 1]Mike FisherMUniversity of Virginia
3Columbus CrewRob JachymMUniversity of Hartford
4San Jose ClashAlberto MontoyaMSanta Clara University
5New York/New Jersey MetroStarsBrian KellyMDuke University
6Dallas BurnTemoc SuarezFUniversity of North Carolina
7Kansas City WizardsBrian JohnsonMFresno State
8Tampa Bay MutinyMike MekelburgMUniversity of South Florida
9Los Angeles GalaxySteve JolleyMWilliam & Mary College
10D.C. UnitedDanny CareDClemson University

Round 1 trades

  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

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
11Colorado RapidsRoss PauleMCreighton University
12New England RevolutionScott CoufalGKIndiana University
13Columbus CrewJohn SmithFRollins College
14San Jose ClashJason AnniccheroDSanta Clara University
15New York/New Jersey MetroStarsWill KohlerMHarvard University
16Dallas BurnAlan BraniganDRutgers University
17Kansas City WizardsIke UdehFAlabama A&M
18Tampa Bay MutinyPASS
19Los Angeles GalaxyShawn BoneyMSouthern Connecticut State
20D.C. UnitedTom PresthusGKSouthern Methodist University

Round 2 trades

No trades reported.

Round 3

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
21Colorado RapidsMike FenigerFEast Stroudsburg
22New England RevolutionSteve KleinMBowling Green State University
23Columbus CrewTodd DeNaultFUniversity of South Florida
24San Jose ClashChris McDonaldMUniversity of San Francisco
25New York/New Jersey MetroStarsAndrew LewisDPrinceton University
26New England Revolution[R3 trade 1]J.T. RobertsMNorthern Kentucky University
27Kansas City WizardsJake JoyMMidwestern State University
28Tampa Bay MutinyMusa ShannonFRobert Morris University
29Los Angeles GalaxyKevin HartmanGKUCLA
30D.C. UnitedBrandon LeibDGeorgetown University

Round 3 trades

  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.
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