MetroStars Weekly Report
2004 MLS SuperDraft: With the Metros' President & General Manager Nick Sakiewicz, Head Coach Bob Bradley, Assistant Coach Mo Johnston, and Goalkeeper Coach Des McAleenan currently at the Home Depot Center for the 2004 MLS adidas Player Combine, the "Red and Black" are getting prepared for the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, which will be held this Friday, January 16, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. ET at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.
As of today the MetroStars have the first selection in the third round (21st overall), the sixth pick of the third round (26th overall), the sixth pick in the fourth round (36th overall) and the sixth pick in the fifth round (46th overall) in the 6-round (60 pick) draft. The Metros acquired their first pick of the 2004 draft via trade with the Dallas Burn, along with defender Tenywa Bonseu, in exchange for defender Steve Jolley, while their other selections are their natural picks.
The MetroStars first round pick is now in the hands of Dallas as a result of the Metros trading the pick for the 12th overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. With the selection last year the Metros selected 16-year-old New Jersey product Eddie Gaven.
The Metros second round pick in this year's SuperDraft belongs to the Columbus Crew. Columbus traded the "Red and Black" the 17th overall pick in the 2003 SuperDraft, in exchange for the Metros second round pick in the 2004 SuperDraft as well as defender Nelson Akwari. With the 17th overall pick in the 2003 SuperDraft the Metros selected defender Tim Regan.
Finally, New England owns the Metros sixth round pick in the 2004 SuperDraft. The "Red and Black" obtained the 49th overall pick in the 2003 SuperDraft in exchange for their sixth round selection in the 2004 SuperDraft. With the 49th pick in the 2003 SuperDraft the Metros selected defender Marco Velez.
Metros Report: The MetroStars players and coaches will be reporting for the start of 2004 training camp on Monday, January 19th. The Metros will be training in the Giants Stadium practice bubble every day next week from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please contact the MetroStars Communications Department for information on media availability.
Edgar Bartolomeu, Ricardo Clark, Eddie Gaven, Amado Guevara, Eddie Pope, Jonny Walker and John Wolyniec will all be with their respective national teams and not reporting to "Red and Black" camp at this time. They will all join the Metros when their national team duties are completed.
Bartolomeu Joins Canada: MetroStars defender Edgar Bartolomeu has been called by newly appointed Canadian National Team Head Coach (and former San Jose Earthquakes Head Coach) Frank Yallop into national team training camp from January 12-23 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During the camp Canada will play a friendly against Barbados on January 18th in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Born in Angola, Bartolemeu has obtained Canadian resident status and resides in Toronto in the off-season. He spent two seasons with the Toronto Lynx in 1999 and 2000.
Guevara with Honduran National Team: MetroStars midfielder Amado Guevara has been called to the Honduran National Team by current Hoduran, and former MetroStars and U.S. National Team, Head Coach Bora Milutinovic. During the time that Guevara is with the squad, Honduras will travel to the China where the team will play the Chinese National Team on January 18th. Following this the team will travel to Hong Kong, where the team will play in the Copa Carlsberg from January 22-25.
Happy Graduation: Major League Soccer announced last Thursday that MetroStars midfielder Ricardo Clark and forward Mike Magee have graduated from the Nike Project-40 program. Effective immediately, these players will no longer receive the roster protection granted to members of Nike Project-40.
Both Clark and Magee had stellar seasons in 2003 for the MetroStars. Clark saw started 28 contests for the Metros recording a team high 2,590 minutes played, and tallying three goals and one assist. Clark was a finalist for the MLS Gatorade Rookie of the Year Award. Magee saw action in 29 games for the "Red and Black" starting 19 of them. He tallied seven goals, and registered two assists for 16 points, which ranked him in a second-place tie on the team with Amado Guevara.
In conjunction with the graduation announcement it was also announced that Michael Bradley, the son of MetroStars Head Coach Bob Bradley, has signed with Major League Soccer as a member of the 2004 Nike Project-40 class.
Bradley Honored: Bob Bradley will be honored by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association on January 25th, 2004 at its annual banquet at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey. Bradley is the recipient of the "Distinguished Service to Soccer Award" and also will be inducted into the NJ Sports Writers Association's prestigious Hall of Fame.
Bradley was selected to receive these honors because of his dedication to the sport of soccer and his ties to the state of New Jersey. Bradley, a New Jersey native, led his high school alma mater West Essex to a Group III State championship in 1973. He then went on to a successful college career at Princeton University where he led the Tigers in scoring his senior year.
Bradley, as a coach, has had the same amount of success he had as a player. He coached the Princeton Tigers to two Ivy titles, three NCAA tournament bids, and led his squad to the NCAA Final Four for the first and only time in the history of the school. In Major League Soccer, Bradley has become the all-time winningest coach in league history. In 1998, he was named MLS Coach of the Year for his accomplishments with the Chicago Fire. Last year, Bradley came back to New Jersey to coach the MetroStars. In his first year as head coach Bradley led the Metros to the franchise's first final in the Open Cup and to the MLS playoffs. For these accomplishments, he was again nominated MLS Coach of the Year.
In addition to Bradley, Walt Frazier, Ken Daneyko, and Dan Calandrillo will also be honored for their dedication to their respective sports and their ties to the New Jersey sports fan base. This is the 68th banquet held to honor professional and college athletes as well as sports personalities in New Jersey and surrounding areas. These banquets have drawn sold-out crowds every year since its inception making it one of the most popular and elite sports banquets in the nation.
Register for 2004 MightyMetros: Registration is open to all kids for the 2004 MightyMetros. When you sign up to become a 2004 MightyMetro member you will receive a MetroStars Yearbook, a 2004 MightyMetros Fan Club ID Card, an invitation to attend a private MightyMetros autograph session with the team (after a game: TBA), an invitation to attend a private MightyMetros party at the ESPN Zone in New York City (date: TBA), an invitation to attend a private MightyMetros soccer clinic on the field at Giants Stadium (date: TBA), special emails from MetroStars players, coaches and trainers, a pack of MetroStars trading card stickers when you attend games at Giants Stadium, special bonus points that add up to great prizes when you attend games at Giants Stadium, and exclusive discounted ticket offers. Memberships are open to all kids 6-14 years of age and are $10 per membership. They can be purchased at www.MetroStars.com.
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