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D.C. United drafts Bryan Arguez in first round of 2007 MLS SuperDraft

January 12, 2007 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - D.C. United News Release

Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2007) - D.C. United today drafted five players in the 2007 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Black-and-Red took midfielder Bryan Arguez of the U-20 U.S. Men's National Team, forward Brad North of Northwestern University in the second round, midfielder Jay Needham of Southern Methodist University and Georgetown University's Ricky Schramm in the third round and goalkeeper Luis Robles of Portland University in the fourth round. The full team will report for the beginning of pre-season training in DC at the end of January, in preparation for the CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the 2207 MLS season.

"Obviously, picking at 11th in our natural position, we were a little apprehensive going into the draft, but we were absolutely delighted to select Bryan Arguez," said United CEO and President Kevin Payne. "We think he was one of the top talents in the entire player pool and believe his age, ability and physical attributes give him the chance to become an outstanding player. We were very pleased with our other picks and believe they will be able to compete for roster positions at forward, midfield and in the back."

Selected with the 11th overall pick in the first round, Arguez is currently in Bradenton, FL with the U.S. U-20 team preparing for the CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Panama. Originally from Miami, FL, The 6-foot 2-inch Arguez is capable of playing both as a defender and in the midfield.

"We feel that we have acquired today one of the real gems available in the SuperDraft," said United Technical Director Dave Kasper. "Bryan has all of the qualities to be a successful player in MLS. We look forward to getting him into our environment, where he will grow tremendously."

North was taken in the second round (24th overall) after four successful years at Northwestern University. A native of The Woodlands, Texas, The 6-foot, 1-inch forward scored 39 goals in 78 games (45 starts) for the Wildcats. North was named as a First-team All-Big Ten selection in both his junior and senior seasons and was named to the Second Team 2006 Great Lakes All-Region Team.

Taken by the Black-and-Red in the third round (32nd overall), Needham joins United after four seasons at Southern Methodist University. The 6-foot, 2-inch Needham played primarily as a defender for SMU, but managed to tally ten goals and ten assists during his four-year career. A starter in 84 of the 87 games in which he played, Needham was a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Finalist (2006), a member of the NSCAA All-American First Team (2006), the Conference USA Defender of the Year (2006) and a part of the Conference USA All-Conference First Team in both 2005 and 2006.

Ricky Schramm was also selected in the third round (37th overall) and will stay in D.C. after four years at Georgetown University. The 5-foot, 11-inch forward notched 39 goals and 15 assists in 77 games (70 starts) for the Hoyas, while being named to the NSCAA All-Northwest Region Third Team (2006), the All-Big East Second Team (2006), the All-Big East Third Team (2005) and the All- Big East First Team (2004). The Eastchester, New York native was named the Big East's Offensive Player of the Year in 2004.

Luis Robles rounded out United's draft as its fourth round pick (50th overall) out of the University of Portland. The 6-foot, 1-inch goalkeeper maintained a 1.18 goals-against-average over three seasons and earned 17 shutouts, while putting together a record of 28-27-3. A native of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Robles was also a part of both the U.S. U-14 and u-20 National Team pools.

"We are very pleased with the results of today's SuperDraft," said United Co-Managing Partner Will Chang. "Our technical staff was able to bring quality players into our club. Combined with our strong core players and others that we are in the process of signing, I'm looking forward to big things from our team this season."

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