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 Monday, February 5, 2001 20:08 EST

D.C. United makes 3 of first 8 picks


DAVIE, Fla. – The San Jose Earthquakes had the top pick in Monday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft, but D.C. United enjoyed the most productive day with three of the top eight picks.

The three-time MLS champions traded goalkeeper Tom Presthus and its No. 10 pick to Columbus for the Crew's No. 3 selection. The transaction was decided just prior to the day's six-round draft, giving United the third, fourth and eighth overall picks. United had originally acquired the 10th pick from the Earthquakes in a trade involving veteran defender Jeff Agoos.

San Jose took forward Chris Carrieri, who played at North Carolina and was discovered in the Project-40 Development devised to keep young American players from heading to Europe, with the first overall pick.

The Tampa Bay Mutiny drafted 22-year-old Ali Curtis, a forward from Duke, with the second pick.

United selected midfielder Mark Lisi, 23, who played for Clemson. With the fourth pick, D.C. took another midfielder in 23-year-old Ryan Nelsen of New Zealand. Nelsen played at Stanford.

The Dallas Burn had two of the next three picks, taking midfielder Joselito Vaca with the fifth selection and defender Ryan Suarez at No. 7. Tampa Bay chose defender Craig Demmin with the sixth selection.

Perhaps the most intriguing pick was made by United at No. 8 when it selected highly touted Santino Quaranta, a 16-year-old talented forward-midfielder from the Project-40 program.

Quaranta, a Baltimore native, is a key element of the Under-17 national team that was 35-14-7. He will continue to represent the Under-17 team that is trying to qualify for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

The Los Angeles Galaxy at No. 9 and No. 11 took forwards Brian Mullan and Isaias Bardales Jr, respectively.

Columbus picked forward Duncan Oughton of Karori, New Zealand with the 10th selection and the Kansas City Wizards took defender Jose Burciaga Jr., another Project-40 prospect with the 12th and final pick of the first round.

Along with selecting Lisi, Nelson and Quaranta, DC had two more picks at No. 15 and 28, where it selected midfielder Bryan Namoff and defender Craig Ziade, respectively. United had the 28th overall pick from Miami in exchange for a player to be named and future considerations.

DC received the 15th pick and Mike Ammann from the MetroStars on Sunday in exchange for Richie Willliams, the 26th overall pick and United's allocation owed to the club by the league for missing last season's playoffs.

The Dallas Burn picked forward Edward Johnson of Palm Coast, Fla., with the 19th pick in the second round. Johnson is a teammate of Quaranta at the Under-17 team. He led in scoring last year with 33 goals and 19 assists and was scouted by Italian powerhouse Juventus and several clubs from Portugal.

The MetroStars had their first selection in the second round with the 13th overall pick and took forward Rodrigio Faria, a native of Bronxville, N.Y.

2001 MLS SuperDraft picks

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