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MLS Supplemental Draft to be held Friday

Major League Soccer today announced the rules and selection order for the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft to be held via teleconference call from League headquarters on Friday, February 4, 2005 at 12:00 noon ET. The four-round Supplemental Draft comes three weeks after the 2005 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas at the Baltimore Convention Center, where No. 1 pick Nikolas Besagno of Real Salt Lake topped a list of 48 players selected.

The MLS SuperDraft, which was traditionally a six-round draft, consisted of four rounds in 2005 with what were formerly the Fifth and Sixth Rounds of the SuperDraft becoming the First and Second Rounds of the Supplemental Draft. Similar to the SuperDraft, the Supplemental Draft order is initially determined by reverse order of finish in 2004 with the exception of Real Salt Lake and CD Chivas USA, the League's 2005 expansion teams that will select with the top two selections in each round.

The Supplemental Draft will allow MLS clubs to continue to add to their rosters, which this year have been expanded to incorporate an all-time high 28 players (18 Senior Roster players and 10 Developmental Roster players). The final list of players eligible for the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft will be released on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 on the League's official web site www.MLSnet.com and that list will include among others, those players eligible for the 2005 MLS SuperDraft (http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/events/superdraft/2005/) but not selected on January 14 in Baltimore.

Ahead of Friday's draft, MLS will impose a trade moratorium beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 3 through the conclusion of the Supplemental Draft.

What follows are the Supplemental Draft selection order and procedural rules:

ROUND 1


1. Real Salt Lake


2. CD Chivas USA


3. Chicago Fire


4. FC Dallas (from DC, FCD)


5. San Jose Earthquakes


6. MetroStars


7. Colorado Rapids


8. Columbus Crew


9. Columbus Crew (from NE)


10. Los Angeles Galaxy


11. Kansas City Wizards


12. D.C. United

ROUND 2


13. Real Salt Lake


14. CD Chivas USA


15. Chicago Fire


16. FC Dallas


17. New England Revolution (from SJ)


18. San Jose Earthquakes (from MET)


19. Los Angeles Galaxy (from COL)


20. Columbus Crew


21. New England Revolution


22. Los Angeles Galaxy


23. FC Dallas (from KC)


24. FC Dallas (from DC)

ROUND 3


25. Real Salt Lake


26. CD Chivas USA


27. Chicago Fire


28. FC Dallas


29. San Jose Earthquakes


30. MetroStars


31. Colorado Rapids


32. Columbus Crew


33. New England Revolution


34. Los Angeles Galaxy


35. Kansas City Wizards


36. D.C. United

ROUND 4


37. Real Salt Lake


38. CD Chivas USA


39. Chicago Fire


40. FC Dallas


41. San Jose Earthquakes


42. MetroStars


43. Colorado Rapids


44. Columbus Crew


45. New England Revolution


46. Los Angeles Galaxy


47. Kansas City Wizards


48. D.C. United

2005 MLS SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT RULES

DRAFT ROUNDS: The Supplemental Draft will include four rounds and 48 overall selections.

SELECTION CLOCK: Teams are permitted three (3) minutes to make a selection during each round of the Supplemental Draft.

INTERMISSIONS: There will be a three (3) minute break between each round.

TIMEOUTS: Each team is permitted only one (1) timeout. Timeouts are three (3) minutes in duration. Selections must be made immediately following the timeout. More than two (2) timeouts cannot be utilized consecutively.

FAILURE TO MAKE SELECTION IN DESIGNATED TIME: Teams that fail to make their selection in time must wait until the next selection is made, regardless of whether their choice is presented prior to the next team's decision. The team that was delinquent with its selection must immediately have its choice in hand following the selection of the team that follows. If not, the original team must again wait for the following selection to be made.


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