1998 MLS College Draft

The 1998 Major League Soccer College Draft was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and February 1, 1998. The College Draft was followed by the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft.

Format

On Saturday, January 31, 1998, Major League Soccer held the first round of its 1998 college draft during the halftime of the Umbro Select All-Star Classic at Lockhart Stadium. The second and third rounds took place Sunday morning at the Airport Hilton in Fort Lauderdale. The 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft took place that afternoon at the same location.

Changes from 1997

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

Round 1

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
1 Miami FusionLeo CullenDUniversity of Maryland
2 Chicago FireRitchie KotschauDGeorge Mason
3 San Jose ClashBen ParryDUNC-Charlotte
4 Kansas City Wizards[R1 trade 1]Chris KleinMIndiana University
5 New England RevolutionJohnny TorresMCreighton University
6 Los Angeles GalaxyClint MathisMUniversity of South Carolina
7 Tampa Bay MutinyJosh KellerMUCLA
8 MetroStars[R1 trade 2]Mike PetkeDSouthern Connecticut State
9 Columbus CrewJeff CunninghamFUniversity of South Florida
10 Dallas BurnMatt JordanGKClemson University
11 Colorado RapidsTyrone MarshallFFlorida International University
12 San Jose Clash[R1 trade 3]Wade BarrettMWilliam & Mary College

Round 1 trades

  1. #4: MetroStars → Kansas City Wizards. 3 February 1997: Kansas City Wizards acquired this first-round pick and midfielder Damian Silvera from MetroStars in exchange for midfielder Mike Sorber.[ref 1]
  2. #8: Kansas City Wizards → MetroStars. 31 January 1998: MetroStars acquired this first-round selection from Kansas City Wizards in exchange for defender Brian Bliss.[ref 2]
  3. #12: D.C. United → San Jose Clash. 15 May 1997: San Jose Clash acquired this first-round pick and defender Arnold Cruz from D.C. United in exchange for defender Benedict Iroha.[ref 3]

Round 2

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
13 Miami FusionPablo MastroeniMNorth Carolina State University
14 D.C. United[R2 trade 1]Carey TalleyMUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
15 MetroStars[R2 trade 2]Joe MunozFCal State-Bakersfield
16 MetroStarsBilly WalshMRutgers University
17 New England RevolutionJesse Van SaunFSt. John's University
18 Los Angeles GalaxyDaniel HernandezMSouthern Methodist University
19 Tampa Bay MutinyChris HouserDSouthern Connecticut State
20 Kansas City WizardsTom HardyDSeattle University
21 Columbus CrewAndrew GregorMUniversity of Portland
22 Dallas BurnHans WittusenDBrown University
23 Colorado RapidsJason BoyceFUniversity of Washington
24 Columbus Crew[R2 trade 3]Henrik NebreliusFUniversity of Tampa

Round 2 trades

  1. #14: Chicago Fire → D.C. United. 6 January 1998: D.C. United acquired this second-round selection and forward A.J. Wood from Chicago Fire in exchange for a first-round pick (#11) in the 1999 MLS College Draft, a second-round pick (#23) in the 1999 College Draft (both picks originally "future considerations"), and midfielder Jesse Marsch.[ref 4]
  2. #15: San Jose Clash → MetroStars. 31 January 1998: MetroStars acquired this second-round pick from San Jose Clash in exchange for midfielder Braeden Cloutier.[ref 2]
  3. #24: D.C. United → Columbus Crew. Date Needed: Columbus Crew acquired this second-round selection from D.C. United in exchange for a second-round pick (#21) in the 1999 MLS College Draft.[ref 5] More information needed.

Round 3

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
25 Dallas Burn[R3 trade 1]Matt CautionFSouthwest Missouri State University
26 Los Angeles Galaxy[R3 trade 2]Matt ReisGKUCLA
27 San Jose ClashCaleb PorterMIndiana University
28 MetroStarsCesidio ColasanteFLa Salle University
29 New England RevolutionKevin CoyeDUCLA
30 Los Angeles GalaxyJoe FranchinoDUniversity of Washington
31 Tampa Bay MutinyBill MayGKUniversity of Washington
32 Kansas City WizardsMario SanchezMFresno State
33 Columbus CrewNick TheslofMUCLA
34 Tampa Bay Mutiny[R3 trade 3]R.T. MooreDUniversity of Maryland
35 Colorado RapidsP.J. BrownDAzusa Pacific
36 New England Revolution[R3 trade 4]Tom McLaughlinFHarvard University

Round 3 trades

  1. #25: Miami Fusion → Dallas Burn. Date Needed: Dallas Burn acquired this third-round selection from Miami Fusion in exchange for a second-round pick (#18) in the 1999 MLS College Draft.[ref 6] More information needed.
  2. #26: Chicago Fire → Los Angeles Galaxy. Date Needed: Los Angeles Galaxy acquired this third-round selection from Chicago Fire in exchange for a second-round pick (#16) in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft.[ref 6] More information needed.
  3. #34: Dallas Burn → Tampa Bay Mutiny. 31 January 1997: Tampa Bay Mutiny acquired this third-round selection and a first-round pick (#6) in the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft from Dallas Burn in exchange for forward Peter Hattrup.[ref 7]
  4. #36: D.C. United. → New England Revolution. Date Needed: New England Revolution acquired this third-round selection from D.C. United in exchange for a first-round selection in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft.[ref 6] More information needed.

Notable undrafted players

  • Joe Cannon (GK, UC Santa Barbara) — 86 career MLS shutouts; MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (2002, 2004)
  • Jimmy Conrad (DF, UCLA) — 288 MLS appearances, MLS Best XI (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)

References

    1. "MLS: Sorber traded to MetroStars". Soccer America. 3 February 1997. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
    2. "MLS: 1998 Collegiate Draft First Round". Soccer America. 31 January 1998. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
    3. "MLS: Clash, United trade defenders". Soccer America. 15 May 1997. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
    4. "D.C. United All-Time Player Transactions". D.C. United. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
    5. "Columbus Crew Draft History". Columbus Crew. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
    6. "MLS: Complete 1998 Collegiate Draft Results". Soccer America. 1 February 1998. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
    7. "MLS: Mutiny trade Hattrup to Dallas". Soccer America. 31 January 1997. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
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