MLS: Dartmouth GK Matt Nyman signs Project-40 contract; Daniv assigned to Dallas

Dartmouth College goalkeeper Matt Nyman has signed a Project-40 contract. MLS identified the aspiring young professional at the 1999 Umbro Select College All-Star Classic in February in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and at training camps with the Dallas Burn and the Kansas City Wizards. Nyman, the tenth member of the Project-40 Class of '99, will be assigned to an MLS club following his college graduation in June. Before signing with Project-40, the Middletown, Conn., native finished his four-year college career as Dartmouth's all-time career leader in shutouts with 17 and ranked third in goals against average with 1.05. A 1997 and 1998 NSCAA First Team All-New England standout, Nyman powered the Big Green to the 1997 NCAA tournament, only to lose in the second round to Southern Methodist University, 2-0. Nyman, a 6-foot-6 presence between the pipes in 54 regular season games for Dartmouth, notched 186 saves and allowed only 60 goals in his collegiate career. "Matt Nyman is one of those young players who should not be overlooked," said MLS Executive Vice-President Todd Durbin said. "His performance at the Umbro Select games and with Dallas and Kansas City convinced us that he is a player with tremendous long-term potential for both MLS and U.S. Soccer." Nyman will be available for U.S. Pro-40 matches and training with coach Lothar Osiander, but will not report to any MLS squad before his college graduation. "Training with two MLS teams allowed me to get a feel for what professional soccer is about," said Nyman. "I am looking forward to stepping onto the field with professionals on a daily basis with both U.S. Pro-40 and the MLS team I am assigned to. I don't think that there is a better opportunity out there for young players to be able to combine their college education and pro soccer." Sergi Daniv assigned to Dallas Sergi Daniv, a three-time First Team All-ACC honoree and two-time NSCAA Third Team All-America selection from Wake Forest University who signed with Project-40 last week, has been assigned to the Dallas Burn as a Project-40 player. A product of the Ukraine's Lviv Academy of the Olympic Reserve, Daniv was a consistent contributor for the Deacon attack, scoring 17 goals and 14 assists in three seasons. Daniv was sidelined during the 1997 season after three knee surgeries during the 1996 postseason. The only freshman to receive NSCAA All-America honors in 1995 (Third Team), Daniv was a member of the U-16 Soviet National Team and U-18 Ukraine National Team prior to coming to the United States. Having never participated in a FIFA match, Daniv is committed to representing the United States in the future. 1999 Project-40 Roster Goalkeepers -- Matt Napoleon (Columbus), Matt Nyman (unassigned). Defenders -- Ubusuku Abukusumo (Columbus), Michael Green (Kansas City), Alen Kozic (Miami), Midfielders -- DaMarcus Beasley (unassigned), Scott Bower (San Jose), Judah Cooks (D.C. United), Nino Da Silva (Kansas City), Sergi Daniv (Dallas), Francisco Gomez (Kansas City), Antonio Otero (D.C. United), Marvin Quijano (Los Angeles), Maurizio Rocha (Miami), Esmundo Rodriguez (San Jose), Tim Sahaydak (Miami). Forwards -- Jamar Beasley (New England), Jose Botello (Los Angeles), Dema Kovalenko (Chicago), Eric Quill (Tampa Bay),
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