Chabala Selected In Third Round Of MLS SuperDraft

Jan. 20, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Washington midfielder Mike Chabala was selected by Houston in the third round of the 2006 Major League Soccer SuperDraft held in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday.

Chabala, a native of Fresno, Calif., was the 44th pick overall. Houston is the former San Jose Earthquakes franchise. The San Jose franchise recently relocated to Houston and the new team still does not have a team mascot - it will be determined by a vote of the fans.

Chabala will join fellow Huskies Ian Russell and Craig Waibel on the Houston roster. Russell was a 1997 UW graduate and Waibel was a 1999 grad. Currently four former Huskies play in the MLS, including Joe Franchino (1997) on the New England Revolution and Brandon Prideaux (1997) on D.C. United.

Also selected by Houston in the 2006 draft was a fellow Pac-10 opponent of Chabala's, standout defender Patrick Ianni from UCLA. Ianni was Houston's first round pick.

Chabala ended his Husky career this past fall, earning a pair of third-team All-America honors by the NSCAA and Soccer Times. Chabala was a 2005 first-team All-Region selection and a two-time second-team All-Pac-10 honoree. In his senior campaign, Chabala scored two goals and tallied a team-high four assists. He finished his career at Washington with 26 career points on five goals and 16 assists.

For more information on the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, go to mlsnet.com.

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