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COLORADO RAPIDS ACQUIRE MIDFIELDER JASON MOORE FROM D.C. UNITED

Rapids Land Player Who Was Top Overall Selection In 1999 MLS Draft In Exchange For 2001 First-Round Draft Pick

BOCA RATON (Friday, February 18, 2000) - The Colorado Rapids today acquired midfielder Jason Moore from D.C. United in exchange for a 2001 first-round draft pick. Moore, 21, left the University of Virginia after his sophomore year and was the top overall selection in the 1999 Major League Soccer Draft.

Moore appeared 16 times for D.C. United in 1999, then went on to make three playoff appearances as United captured the MLS championship.

Rapids coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick said that the acquisition of Moore satisfies another of the objectives he was hoping to address over the off-season.

"He made quite a big contribution to the championship team last year in what would have been just his junior year in college," said Myernick. "Jason gives us added speed and another left-footed player and the versatility to play a number of positions."

Myernick said he projects Moore as a left-sided or central midfielder with Colorado.

"He is very aggressive and very quick, with the ability to go past defenders, and we do not have enough players on our squad who can go by people."

Moore will return to his home in the D.C. area today and will not make the trip to Panama this weekend. He will join the team next week for the two-week trip to train and play exhibitions in Portugal.

JASON MOORE
Ht: 5-11
Wt: 170
Age: 21
Birthdate: April 4, 1978
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia
College: University of Virginia

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STATISTICS:

YEAR    GP  MIN GS  SUB SBD G   A   SHT SOG FC  FS  OF  C   E
1999    16  999 12  4   7   0   2   5   0   15  45  2   5   1

PLAYOFFS                                                    
1999    3   41  0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0

MLS CAREER:

1999: Made 16 appearances for United, 12 of them starts, and recorded two assists. Also made three playoff appearances as United went on to win MLS Cup '99.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER:

1997: Made 10 appearances for the USA U-20 national team, but was not on the final roster for World Youth Championships in Malaysia.

1996: One of four alternates on the final 22-man roster for the Atlanta Summer Olympics.

COLLEGE CAREER:

1998: A finalist for the Hermann Trophy as just a sophomore. Recorded seven assists in 21 games, to give him 16 for his Virginia career.

1997: Spent the early part of the season as a defender before moving into central midfield. Played 25 games.


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