1998 MLS College Draft

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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.

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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 Fusion Leo Cullen D University of Maryland
2 Chicago Fire Ritchie Kotschau D George Mason
3 San Jose Clash Ben Parry D UNC-Charlotte
4 Kansas City Wizards [R1 trade 1] Chris Klein M Indiana University
5 New England Revolution Johnny Torres M Creighton University
6 Los Angeles Galaxy Clint Mathis M University of South Carolina
7 Tampa Bay Mutiny Josh Keller M UCLA
8 MetroStars [R1 trade 2] Mike Petke D Southern Connecticut State
9 Columbus Crew Jeff Cunningham F University of South Florida
10 Dallas Burn Matt Jordan GK Clemson University
11 Colorado Rapids Tyrone Marshall F Florida International University
12 San Jose Clash [R1 trade 3] Wade Barrett M William & 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 Fusion Pablo Mastroeni M North Carolina State University
14 D.C. United [R2 trade 1] Carey Talley M University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
15 MetroStars [R2 trade 2] Joe Munoz F Cal State-Bakersfield
16 MetroStars Billy Walsh M Rutgers University
17 New England Revolution Jesse Van Saun F St. John's University
18 Los Angeles Galaxy Daniel Hernandez M Southern Methodist University
19 Tampa Bay Mutiny Chris Houser D Southern Connecticut State
20 Kansas City Wizards Tom Hardy D Seattle University
21 Columbus Crew Andrew Gregor M University of Portland
22 Dallas Burn Hans WittusenD Brown University
23 Colorado Rapids Jason Boyce F University of Washington
24 Columbus Crew [R2 trade 3] Henrik Nebrelius F University 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 Caution F Southwest Missouri State University
26 Los Angeles Galaxy [R3 trade 2] Matt Reis GK UCLA
27 San Jose Clash Caleb Porter M Indiana University
28 MetroStars Cesidio Colasante F La Salle University
29 New England Revolution Kevin Coye D UCLA
30 Los Angeles Galaxy Joe Franchino D University of Washington
31 Tampa Bay Mutiny Bill May GK University of Washington
32 Kansas City Wizards Mario Sanchez M Fresno State
33 Columbus Crew Nick Theslof M UCLA
34 Tampa Bay Mutiny [R3 trade 3] R.T. Moore D University of Maryland
35 Colorado Rapids P.J. Brown D Azusa Pacific
36 New England Revolution [R3 trade 4] Tom McLaughlin F Harvard 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.

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