The MetroStars executed a last-minute trade with FC Dallas at Friday's 2005 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, sending a player to be named to the Texas club for the last selection in the opening round (12th overall). With the pick, the MetroStars acquired Tim Ward, a 17-year-old defender from St. Louis University.
With the 25th overall selection, the Metros also added St. John's midfielder Chris Corcoran. Additionally, defender Ricardo Clark was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for a transitional international slot and a portion of a player allocation.
Clark made 26 appearances for the MetroStars in 2004, his second season with the club. Nineteen of those appearances were starts and he also added a goal and an assist from his defensive midfield position.
Ward is a member of the U.S. U-20 national team and led the squad in appearances in 2004 with 17 (14 as a starter). He also has experience at both the U-17 and U-18 national team levels. Ward tied for second in assists in 2004 at St. Louis University with four in his freshman season.
The opening pick of the third round (No. 25), Corcoran has ties to the New York area after a successful collegiate career at St. John's.
Jonathan Nierman is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.