Carr, Wahl, Kronberg Taken in MLS Draft

Jan. 20, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - California's Calen Carr, Tyson Wahl and Eric Kronberg were chosen in the Major League Soccer draft Friday in Philadelphia.

The Chicago Fire drafted Carr in the first round, 10th overall, marking the second straight year a Cal men's soccer player has been chosen in the first round. Last year, Troy Roberts was selected eighth overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Carr, the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year, earned second-team NSCAA All-America honors, All-Pac-10 first-team recognition, and Pac-10 All-Academic first-team honors for the second consecutive year. Carr finished the season leading the conference in seven categories: shots (91), shots per game (4.33), points (30), points per game (1.43), goals (13), goals per game (0.62), and game-winning goals (6).

Wahl was drafted in the second round, 19th overall pick, by the Kansas City Wizards. The Newport Beach native earned 2005 NSCAA first-team All-America honors, along with All-Pac-10 first team recognition and Pac-10 All-Academic first-team honors. Wahl, who started every game for Cal in his career, was chosen to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team for his outstanding academic achievement and athletic skill. Wahl finished second on the team in goals (5), two of which were game winners.

Kronberg, a goalkeeper, will join his teammate in Kansas City, as he was picked in the fourth round, 40th overall. Kronberg was named to the 2005 NSCAA Far West second team and also earned Pac-10 second team honors. The keeper finished the season recording 83 saves and seven shutouts. He also finished second in the NCAA with a shots on goal save percentage of 0.874 and eighth in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.603.

'This is a tremendous accomplishment for three great players,' said head coach Kevin Grimes. 'Calen, Eric, and Tyson have made a huge impact with our program both on and off the field. This is the first time in our history that we have had three players selected in the MLS Super Draft. I can't imagine three better ambassadors for Cal soccer than these guys. Our administration, alumni, and current Cal players should all be very proud.'

All three players participated in last week's MLS combine at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles and were coached by Kevin Grimes.

The Bears finished the season with a 14-4-3 overall record and an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance.

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