Cal's Chris Roner and Leo Krupnik Drafted by MLS

Feb. 11, 2002

BERKELEY - Chris Roner and Leo Krupnik, the starting midfielder and defender, respectively, for the 2001 NCAA-qualifying Cal men's soccer team were drafted Sunday in the 2002 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Roner, a 2001 first team All-Pac-10 selection, will remain in the Bay Area, drafted in the third round with the 33rd overall pick by the San Jose Earthquake. Krupnik, a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10, was selected by the New York-New Jersey Metro Stars with the 68th overall pick in the sixth round.

The six-round SuperDraft featured the selection of 66 players from the college and professional ranks.

'Having both Chris Roner and Leo Krupnik drafted into the MLS yesterday culminates in a storybook season for both them and California soccer,' said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. 'We hope to continue this tradition of sending our top players from the Cal program to Major League Soccer. All of the athletic department and the program wish them the best of luck as they pursue their professional career. '

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