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First-Round College Pick Tyrone Marshall Named MVP Of All-Star Game Saturday Featuring Top College, A-League Players In The Nation

DENVER (Sunday, February 1, 1998) - Looking to infuse some speed and bolster an attack that produced the least amount of goals in the Western Conference in 1997, the Colorado Rapids selected forwards with three of their six picks in the 1998 MLS college and supplemental drafts Saturday and Sunday in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

After selecting Florida International University F Tyrone Marshall with their first-round college pick (11th overall) on Saturday, the Rapids on Sunday added Univ. of Washington F Jason Boyce (2nd round of the college draft -- 23rd overall) and San Francisco Bay Seals (A-League) F Marquis White (1st round of the supplemental draft -- 4th overall).

Rapids coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick said the draft was a success. "Adding speed to the team was an overriding factor to our draft strategy this year, and looking at our results, I feel confident that we have done exactly that."

The Rapids used their final two supplemental picks to add size and experience. Colorado took 6'3", 250-pound Julio Cengarle with the 11th pick and then added former UCLA star Tayt Ianni with the 35th pick. Ianni played with Rapids stars Chris and Sean Henderson at UCLA.

MARSHALL SHINES FOR NEW COACH: Rapids first-round pick Tyrone Marshall scored a goal and was named the game's MVP as a team of NCAA all-stars defeated a team of A-League stars 3-0 last night in Ft. Lauderdale. The NCAA team was coached by Myernick.


6' 2" 180 lbs. Forward YEAR G SHOTS GOALS ASSISTS POINTS Florida International Univ. 1997 21 55 12 7 31 Acquired: 1st round (11th overall) 1996 23 52 10 8 28 Career 44 107 22 15 59

1997 Soccer America Pre-Season All-American ... Scored on a spectacular bicycle kick in the 1996 Final Four ... Played Two Years at NAIA Lindsey Wilson (KY) College, leading the school to the 1995 NAIA national championship. Named 1995 NAIA tournament MVP and first-team NAIA All-American both seasons ... Scored 34 goals and added 20 assists over three seasons at Boyd Anderson HS (Fla.) ... Architectural design major at FIU ... Father, Cornell, played professional soccer in Mexico and South America in the 1970's.

MOOCH ON MARSHALL: "Marshall has good speed and very good balance, he is an out-and-out goal scorer. We evaluated him over the past few days during the combine games and felt that he was the guy to help our team."


5'7" 150 lbs. Forward Year G/GS Shots Goals Assists Points GWG Univ. of Washington 1994 15/15 61 4 9 17 0 Acquired: 2nd round (23rd overall) 1995 19/18 80 9 13 31 2 Born: Oct. 14, 1975, in Hollywood, Calif. 1996 18/17 54 8 10 26 4 1997 19/17 64 15 2 32 3 Career 71/67 259 36 34 106 9

Holds UW single season and career assist record with 13 and 34 respectively... Fourth overall in career points with 106... Led the team and conference in goals (15) and points (32) in 1997... Scored at least one point in 10 games in 1997 ... Named the MPSF Mountain Division Player of the Year, 1997 ... Named to the Nike-Wake Forest Classic all-tournament team, 1997 ... Named the MPSF Mountain Division Player of the Year, 1996 ... Selected to the MPSF Mountain Division All-Federation team, 1995 ... U.S. Junior National Team (under 20) in summer, 1994 ... Earned Parade All-America honors at Corona Del Mar (Calif.) HS in 1993.

MOOCH ON BOYCE: "Jason is extremely fast and very versatile as a forward or at a wide midfield slot. What I like about him is he is a threat at all times to get behind the defense with his speed."


6'1" 175 lbs. Defender Year G-GS Shots Goals Assists Points Acquired: 3rd round (35th overall) 1994 18-18 4 1 0 2 Born Oct. 10, 1973, in Bellevue, Wash. 1995 21-21 11 2 1 5 1996 25-25 2 0 2 2 1997 19-19 9 4 2 10 Career 83-83 26 7 5 19

Named NAIA All-American First Team in 1996, and Second-Team in 1997 ... Played and started in all 83 games over four years... Anchored a defense that allowed only 21 goals in 1997 ... Had outstanding 1996 junior season anchoring the Golden State Athletic Conference championship defense that allowed only 23 goals and registered a school record 12 shutouts ... Honored as GSAC Co-Player of the Year, 1996.

MOOCH ON BROWN: "He's a solid central defender who had a good college career, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he performs around our caliber of players."


5'7" 145 lbs. Defender Last Club: San Francisco Bay Seals (A-League) Acquired: 1st Round (4th overall) Born: April 30, 1975, in San Rafael, Calif.

Scored goals in both games as the Seals shocked both the Kansas City Wizards and San Jose Clash during the 1997 U.S. Open Cup ... Led Seals to the 1997 USISL Pacific Division Championship with 15 goals and 8 assists ... Was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 MLS Draft by the New England Revolution ... Spent 1994 and 1995 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, training at the famed Academia Tahuichi and playing professionally in the Bolivian First Division for the Santa Cruz Destroyers ... Spent 1992 and 1993 playing as both an amateur (SV Hatert) and a professional (NEC) in Neijmegan, Holland... Scored 22 goals and added 9 assists during two years at the University of San Francisco.

RAPIDS FORWARD PAUL BRAVO ON WHITE: "I played against him in college (when Bravo was at Santa Clara) and with his speed and leaping ability, he knows how to score goals. He did it in college, he did it in the A-League, now we'll find out if he can do it at the MLS level," said Bravo.


6' 3" 205 lbs. Midfielder Last Club: Maunabo (Puerto Rico) Acquired: 1st round (11th overall) Born: March 31, 1971, in Rosario, Argentina

Played with Maunabo of the new Puerto Rican league in 1997 after one season with San Carlos of the Costa Rican First Division ('96) ... Trained with Rosario Central of Argentina's First Division in 1995... Left-sided player played at Montclair State University in 1989.


5-8 155 lbs. Defender Last Club: Orange County Zodiac (A-League) Acquired: 3rd Round (35th overall) Born: December 6, 1971 in Lodi, Calif.

Selected by the Tampa Bay Mutiny in the 1996 MLS draft... Picked up in 1996 by San Jose, where he scored a goal in the Western Conference playoffs... Played 90 minutes with the U.S. National team against Peru, Oct. 19, 1996... Signed on with Orange County after being cut by the Clash.... Played in Thailand's First Division and Germany's Third Division in 1995... Member of the UCLA '90 championship team along with the Rapids' Henderson brothers.

RAPIDS DEFENDER SEAN HENDERSON ON IANNI: "We were roommates for four years together at UCLA, and he is the kind of player you want on your team because he'll do anything to help the club," said Henderson.

ROUND ONE: Saturday, January 31, 1998

1	Miami		Leo Cullen		D		Maryland
2	Chicago		Rich Kotschau		D		George Mason
3	San Jose	Ben Parry		D		North Carolina-Charlotte
4	Kansas City	Chris Klein		M		Indiana
5	New England	Johnny Torres		M		Creighton
6	Los Angeles	Clint Mathis		M		South Carolina
7	Tampa Bay	Josh Keller		M		UCLA
8	MetroStars	Mike Petke		D		So. Conn. St.
9	Columbus	Jeff Cunningham		F		South Florida
10	Dallas		Matt Jordan		GK		Clemson
12	San Jose	Wade Barrett		M		William & Mary

ROUND TWO: Sunday, February 1, 1998

1 Miami Pablo Mastroeni M N.C. State 2 D.C. United Carey Talley M North Carolina 3 MetroStars Joe Munoz M Cal St.-Bakersfield 4 MetroStars Billy Walsh M Rutgers 5 New England Jesse Van Saun F St. John's 6 Los Angeles Daniel Hernandez M SMU 7 Tampa Bay Chris Houser D So. Connecticut St. (Jr.) 8 Kansas City Tom Hardy D Seattle 9 Columbus Andrew Gregor M Portland 10 Dallas Hans Wittusen D Brown 11 RAPIDS JASON BOYCE F WASHINGTON 12 Columbus Henrik Nebrilius F Tampa

ROUND THREE: Sunday, February 1, 1998

1 Dallas Matt Caution F SW Missouri St. 2 Los Angeles Matt Reis GK UCLA 3 San Jose Caleb Porter M Indiana 4 MetroStars Cesidio Colasante F LaSalle 5 New England Kevin Coye D UCLA 6 Los Angeles Joe Franchino D Washington 7 Tampa Bay Bill May GK Washington 8 Kansas City Mario Sanchez M Fresno State 9 Columbus Nick Thesolff M UCLA 10 Tampa Bay R.T. Moore D Maryland 11 RAPIDS P.J. BROWN D AZUSA PACIFIC 12 New England Tom McLaughlin F Harvard

ROUND ONE: Sunday, February 1, 1998

PICK TEAM PLAYER POSITION LAST CLUB 1 Chicago C.J. Brown D San Francisco Bay Seal 2 Tampa Bay Brian Loftin F KC Attack 3 San Jose Tim Weaver D San Francisco Bay Seals 4 RAPIDS MARQUIS WHITE F S.F. BAY SEALS 5 N.E. Dahir Mohammed D Long Island Rough Riders 6 D.C. United Geoff Aunger D Seattle 7 Tampa Bay Brad Wilson M Orange County 8 K.C. Goran Hunjak M Washington Warthogs 9 D.C. United Danny Car D Carolina 10 Dallas Chris Fox D Buffalo 11 RAPIDS JULIO CENGARLE M MAUNABO (P.R.) 12 Columbus Brandon Ward M Dallas

ROUND TWO: Sunday, February 1, 1998

1 Chicago Don Gramenz D Minnesota 2 MetroStars Travis Roy M Milwaukee 3 San Jose Kevin Rueda GK California 4 Chicago Paul Holocher M California 5 N.E. Doug Neeley M Anaheim 6 Los Angeles Cesar Alvarado M Golden Valley Eagles 7 Tampa Bay Steve Bell M Washington Warthogs 8 K.C. Rodney Rambo D Portland 9 Columbus Scott Cannon D Richmond 10 Dallas Ernest Inneh F Long Island Rough Riders 11 San Jose Eddie Soto F Pro Beach Soccer Tour 12 Tampa Bay John Jones M/F Orange County Zodiac

ROUND THREE: Sunday, February 1, 1998

1 Chicago Paul Lekics M Richmond 2 Los Angeles Amos Magee F Minnesota 3 San Jose Alberto Montoya M Raleigh 4 MetroStars Sal Leanti D Long Island Rough Riders 5 N.E. Dave Salzwedel GK San Jose 6 Los Angeles Marco Ferruzzi M Tampa Bay 7 Tampa Bay PASS -- ------- 8 K.C. PASS -- ------- 9 Tampa Bay PASS -- ------- 10 Dallas Darren Sawatzky M/F New England 11 RAPIDS TAYT IANNI M ORANGE COUNTY 12 D.C. United PASS -- -------

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