D.C. selects two in Supplemental Draft
WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. United today selected two players in the 2006 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft, held via teleconference. The Black-and-Red picked forward Andy Metcalf and defender Devon McTavish in the four round event. The club will report for the beginning of pre-season training in D.C. on Monday, January 27 in preparation for the 2006 MLS campaign.
"Both of these players showed well in our invitation only tryout earlier this week," said United Technical Director Dave Kasper. "They've earned a shot at making our club and we look forward to seeing them back in Washington, D.C. next week."
Selected with the seventh pick in the draft's second round (19th overall), Metcalf joins United from the University of Memphis. The 6-0, 175-pound striker was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team in 2003 and 2005. He led the Tigers and Conference USA in goals during both his junior and his senior campaigns with 12. The Jackson, Tenn., native scored a goal in each of the first four conference games and led C-USA with seven goals in league play. He led the team to their first C-USA regular season and tournament titles in 2004. Metcalf finished his collegiate career ranked third all-time at Memphis in goals with 39 and tied for third all-time in points with 90. He is second on the C-USA all-time goals list. Metcalf was also a 2004 First Team NSCAA/Adidas South Region Scholar Athlete and made the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2003-05.
United nabbed West Virginia University's McTavish with the seventh pick of the fourth round (43rd overall). The 5-11, 160-pound Winchester, Va., native moved to left back as a senior and helped anchor one of the toughest back lines in school history. He was instrumental in the defense setting the school record for shutouts in a season with 12 and finished his career with the Mountaineers by leading his team to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. McTavish finished his senior season with two goals and an assist and was named to the NSCAA all-Atlantic second team. His 75 career matches played as a Mountaineer ranks third all-time in school history.