Three Cardinal Athletes Taken In 2002 MLS SuperDraft
Feb. 11, 2002
ORLANDO, Fla. - Three members of Stanford's 2001 men's soccer team were chosen in this year's Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft held Sunday afternoon at the All-Star Cafe at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Highlighting the selections was two-time All-American defender Lee Morrison (Carmichael, Calif.), as well as Cardinal seniors Aaron Biddle (Bordentown, N.J.) and Matt Moses (Laguna Beach, Calif.).
The six-round SuperDraft featured the selection of 66 players from the college and professional ranks.
Morrison, who became the all-time Cardinal leader in consecutive games started and games played in Stanford's NCAA quarterfinal round victory against Saint Louis earlier this season, was selected as the 12th overall pick by the Dallas Burn. Morrison, a 2001 First Team All-American and a candidate for both the 2001 Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award, was the leader of a Cardinal defense that allowed just 13 goals all season and held opponents to a 0.56 goals against average (GAA). Morrison started all 22 games during Stanford's run at the national championship, while scoring three goals and tallying seven assists for a total of 15 points. In addition to his efforts, Morrison was named to the 2001 All Pac-10 First Team.
Moses was picked up by the Colorado Rapids organization with the 34th overall selection. The midfielder started 21 of the 22 matches in 2001 and notched two assists in Stanford's 3-2 (4OT) loss to North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2001 NCAA College Cup. During his senior campaign, Moses scored one goal and registered six assists for a total of eight points for the Red & White. The 5-10 senior was named to the All-Tournament Team for his play at the College Cup.
The third and final Cardinal athlete taken in the draft- Aaron Biddle- was one of six selections made by the defending league champion San Jose Earthquakes and the 60th overall. Biddle, who played on three NCAA Tournament teams during his time on The Farm, was a 2001 Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection. The defender started all 22 matches for the Cardinal this past year and finished tied for fifth on the squad with four assists, while scoring one goal. Biddle was yet another valuable member of the 2001 Stanford defense, one of the stingiest in the country.
Also taken in the SuperDraft was 2001 Stanford graduate Scott Leber, who was nabbed by the Columbus Crew with the 67th overall pick in the draft. Leber, brother of current Stanford men's soccer athlete Todd, helped the Cardinal to a second place finish in the Pac-10 and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament during the 2000 season. Leber was a 2000 NSCAA Far West Region All-American selection for the Cardinal.