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Players galore picked in Supplemental Draft
by Ridge Mahoney, January 25th, 2008 7AM

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[MLS WATCH] Most of the players expected to be picked in the SuperDraft who weren't selected did get snagged in the Supplemental Draft held Thursday by conference call, and they weren't alone. The 14 teams picked 51 players, with only Toronto FC showing restraint.

TFC took Ohio State striker Xavier Balc - one of the SuperDraft Snubbed - with its first pick and passed in the other three rounds. Nine teams picked one player apiece in each of the eight rounds and Chicago, which had accumulated extra picks through trades, grabbed six.

Among those prominent names not picked in the SuperDraft who did find a team in the first Supplemental round are forward Kevin Forrest (Washington), taken by Colorado; defender Brandon Owens (UCLA), en route to D.C. United; and midfielder Pat Healey (Towson State), picked by Kansas City.

FC Dallas claimed Virginia forward Yannick Ryering in the second round, and Chivas USA picked up North Carolina State striker El-Hadji Cisse in the third phase. Real Salt Lake and D.C. United each took three players, FC Dallas came away with two.

Teams are permitted to start training Saturday, though some will commence next weekend. Teams are permitted to carry 18 players on the regular roster and 10 more on a developmental squad, and by March 3 they must be roster and salary-cap compliant, with the cap number reportedly set at approximately $2.2 million, though the league has not confirmed any official figure.

Houston and Los Angeles will be the first teams to play real games. They contest the Pan Pacific Championship against J-League and A-League competition in Hawaii next month. Houston and D.C. United open play in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in March.

TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS:

Chicago Fire (6): M Kai Kasiguran (Messiah), F Adrian Bumbut (Liberty), M Zach Pope (Duke), D Steve Bode (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), M Timothy Conway (Nyack), GK Melford James Jr. (Montevallo).

Chivas USA (4): F Kraig Chiles (San Diego State), F Javier Ayala-Hill (California), M El Hadj-Cisse (North Carolina State), D Andre Sherard (North Carolina).

Colorado Rapids (4): F Kevin Forrest (Washington), M Cesar Zambrano (UIC), GK Mike Graczyk (New Mexico), M Daniel Antunez (Hartford),

Columbus Crew (4): GK Billy Chiles (Towson State), M Corey Elenio (Evansville), F Lukasz Tumicz (Rhode Island), F/D Zola Short (Virginia).

D.C. United (3): D Brandon Owens (UCLA), M Dan Stratford (West Virginia ), GK James Thorpe (Franklin Pierce).

FC Dallas (2): F Yannick Reyering (Virginia), M/D Ben Shuleva (SMU).

Houston Dynamo (4): M Johnny Alcaraz (Westmont), F Craig Thompson (Colorado School of Mines), M Kieran Hall (Fort Lewis), F James Georgeff (Central Florida).

Kansas City Wizards (4): M Pat Healey (Towson), M Vicente Arze (Mercer CC), M Tom Gray (Monmouth), GK Andrew Kartunen (Stanford).

Los Angeles Galaxy (4): D Michael Gavin (Portland), GK Charles Alamo (UC Riverside), D Greg Folk (UCLA), F/M Daniel De Geer (San Francisco).

New England Revolution (4): F Mkokheli Dube (Coastal Carolina), D Chris Tierney (Virginia), M Kyle Altman (Trinity, Texas), F Saidi Isaac (Winthrop).

New York Red Bulls (4): M Danleigh Borman (Rhode Island), M Michael Palacio (Stony Brook), D John Gilkerson (Winthrop), D/M Manuel Laurent (Brown).

Real Salt Lake (3): F Tino Nunez (UC Santa Barbara), M Kevin Reiman (Michigan State), F Kenny Anaba (Cincinnati).

San Jose Earthquakes (4): F Adam Smarte (UC Santa Cruz), F Tim Bohnenkamp (Creighton), D Greg Curry (UC Santa Barbara), D Tim Jepsen (Duke).

Toronto FC (1): F Xavier Balc (Ohio State).



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