MLS Drafts Two Golden Bears in Supplemental Draft

Feb. 4, 2005

Berkeley - The California men's soccer team had two players taken in the MLS supplemental draft, seniors Mike Munoz and Noah Merl. Munoz, Merl and fellow senior Troy Roberts, taken with the eighth pick of the first round in the MLS SuperDraft, place Cal tied for second with eight other universities having had three players drafted by Major League Soccer.

'Having three players drafted by the MLS is a true milestone for Cal soccer and the 2004 senior class,' said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. 'This is really gratifying for the Athletic Department and our program. Our alumni can be proud to have these players in the MLS.'

Munoz, a four-year starter in the midfield for the Golden Bears, slowed somewhat in 2004 by injuries, was taken with the second pick of the third round by the Los Angeles Chivas, an expansion team playing its first season in 2005 in the MLS. Merl, a four-year starter in defense on Cal's heralded back line, was taken in the third round as well, going to the San Jose Earthquakes with the fifth pick of the round.

Wake Forest led all NCAA Universities, with six Demon Deacons being drafted in the MLS SuperDraft and follow-up supplemental draft. The three players the Bears placed on MLS rosters ties Berkley for second-most players taken with UC Santa Barbara, Creighton, UCLA, St. John's, Maryland, Notre Dame, North Carolina and NCAA Champion Indiana.

While not taken in the MLS draft, Cal's three other seniors, Carl Acosta, Kyle Navarro and Yohei Fukuda still have many possibilities available to them.

'Our three seniors not taken in the draft should all have a great opportunity to play in the A-League,' said Grimes.

The MLS supplemental draft follows two days after Cal signed eight new players for their 2005 season. The incoming class is highlighted by three NSCAA High School All-Americans.

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