D.C. United drafts Justin Moose in first round of 2006 MLS SuperDraft
Washington, D.C. (January 20, 2006) - D.C. United today drafted four players in the 2006 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, held in Philadelphia, Penn. The Black-and-Red took midfielder Justin Moose of Wake Forest with the seventh overall selection, midfielder Rod Dychenko of UNLV in the third round, and midfielder Jeff Carroll of St. Johns University and defender Kenney Bertz of University of Maryland in the fourth round. The full team will report for the beginning of pre-season training in DC next Friday, Jaunary 20 in preparation for the 2006 MLS campaign.
"We were very pleased with our roster going into the combine and draft," said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. "We felt we had the luxury to look for players with some different qualities today and are happy with those we selected. We think they'll compete for spots on our roster and make our team better."
A product of Wake Forest University, Moose was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2005 and was a first team NSCAA All-American in 2004. The 22-year old is the Demon Deacon's all-time leader in assists with 29 and also contributed 18 goals during his four years with the team. A native of Statesville, NC, Moose was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2002.
"We're extremely excited about the addition of Justin to our organization," said United Technical Director Dave Kasper. "We've tracked him for three years and feel that he fills a need within our line-up. We like Justin's explosiveness, his ability to get behind defenses and his creativity in the final third."
Dychenko scored 24 goals and contributed eight assists in four seasons at UNLV. He was named to the first team All-MPSF during his sophomore year and was fourth in the league in both points (16) and goals (seven) during his junior year campaign. Born in Russia, Dychenko's hometown is Vancouver, WA.
A third-team All-New York Region and second team All-Big East honoree, Carroll joins his older brother Brian as a member of the Black-and-Red. The midfielder out of Springfield, VA spent a number of weeks during the summer training with United. He was a four-year starter at St. John's and notched one goal and six assists in 91 career appearances. The occurrence marks the second time in team history that brothers have worn the Black-and-Red, as Judah and Micah Cooks played for United together in 2000 and 2001.
United concluded their selection process with the 11th pick in the fourth round (47th overall), taking Bertz. The 6-foot 1-inch Bertz was a member of the All-South Atlantic third team and the All-ACC first team, notching three goals and five assists, during his senior season.
Trades affecting United's 2006 draft: ----- 2nd Round, 7th pick:
January 13, 2005: Chicago Fire acquired D.C. United's natural 2006 2nd Round SuperDraft pick (19th overall) for the Fire's first pick in the 3rd Round of the 2005 SuperDraft (25th overall - originally RSL's).
United surrendered the 2005 25th overall pick to the MetroStars to complete a conditional trade from March 1, 2004, in which United acquired the rights to forward Jaime Moreno from the MetroStars for a United pick in the 2005 SuperDraft which had to be among the top 30 overall. Chicago had acquired the 2005 25th overall pick from Real Salt Lake on December 30, 2004 for forward Dipsy Selolwane and defender Evan Whitfield. The MetroStars selected midfielder Chris Corcoran with the 2005 25th overall pick.
4th Round, 3rd pick:
January 24, 2004: D.C. United acquired Columbus' natural 2006 4th Round SuperDraft pick (39th overall) for forward Devin Barclay.
4th Round, 7th pick:
July 23, 2004: FC Dallas acquired D.C. United's natural 2006 4th Round SuperDraft pick (43rd overall) and 2005 2nd Round Supplemental Draft pick for forward Jason Thompson. FCD selected defender Drew Cavanagh with the 2005 2nd Round Supplemental pick.
4th Round, 11th pick:
January 20, 2005: D.C. United acquired New England's natural 2006 4th Round SuperDraft pick (47th overall) for goalkeeper Doug Warren.
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