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MLS: 1997 Collegiate and Supplemental Draft Order
January 31st, 1997 12AM
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Here is the order for the 1997 MLS Collegiate Draft and the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft, to be held Feb. 1-2 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

MLS Collegiate Draft

FIRST ROUND

PickTeam
1Colorado
2Tampa Bay (from New England)
3Columbus
4San Jose
5MetroStars
6Dallas
7Kansas City
8Tampa Bay
9Los Angeles
10D.C. United

Tampa Bay received New England's selection as compensation for the signing of coach Thomas Rongen.

SECOND ROUND

PickTeam
11Colorado
12New England
13Columbus
14San Jose
15MetroStars
16Dallas
17Kansas City
18Tampa Bay
19Los Angeles
20D.C. United

THIRD ROUND

PickTeam
21Colorado
22New England
23Columbus
24San Jose
25MetroStars
26Dallas
27Kansas City
28Tampa Bay
29Los Angeles
30D.C. United

MLS Supplemental Draft

FIRST ROUND

PickTeam
1Colorado
2New England
3Dallas (from Columbus)
4San Jose
5MetroStars
6Dallas
7Kansas City
8Tampa Bay
9Los Angeles
10D.C. United

Dallas receives Columbus' pick as part of the deal which sent an allocation spot (eventually Brad Friedel) to Columbus.

SECOND ROUND

PickTeam
11Colorado
12New England
13Columbus
14D.C. United (from San Jose)
15MetroStars
16Dallas
17Kansas City
18Tampa Bay
19Los Angeles
20San Jose (from D.C. United)

D.C. United and San Jose switched second-round picks as part of the deal that sent Shawn Medved to San Jose.

THIRD ROUND

PickTeam
21Colorado
22New England
23Columbus
24San Jose
25MetroStars
26Dallas
27Tampa Bay (from Kansas City)
28Tampa Bay
29Los Angeles
30D.C. United

Tampa Bay received Kansas City's third-round choice as part of the trade that sent Alan Prampin to Tampa Bay for Steve Pittman.

Clash win appeal, will draft fourth

The San Jose Clash, which appealed after it was announced that they would pick 5th in the MLS draft, was awarded the 4th pick Jan. 31.

Teams were awarded their draft positions in inverse order of their 1996 finish, including the playoffs. San Jose and New York/New Jersey had identical 15-17 records, and both teams were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Initially, the league used goal difference to break the tie, and since San Jose (50-50) had a better differential than the MetroStars (45-47), the Metros received the fourth pick.

"Our contention was that the first tiebreaker should be head-to-head results, which is the first tiebreaker for determining playoff positions," said Clash GM Peter Bridgwater, who noted that the MetroStars had won two of three games against San Jose in 1996. "When we pointed that out, the league agreed that we should draft fourth and the MetroStars should draft fifth."



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