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reprint of COLORADO RAPIDS NEWS RELEASE -- byline Ben Grossman


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RAPIDS SELECT NCAA GOALS PER GAME LEADER ANDREW MITTENDORF WITH FIRST-ROUND PICK IN COLLEGE DRAFT

NEPHEW OF FORMER DENVER BRONCOS SAFETY RANDY POLTL CHOSEN IN SECOND ROUND

DENVER (Sunday, February 7, 1999) - The Colorado Rapids bolstered their attack Sunday when they selected forward Andrew Mittendorf out of Lehigh with their first pick (#8 overall) in the 1999 Major League Soccer College Entry Draft in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Mittendorf led the NCAA in goals per game (1.33), scoring 24 times in only 18 outings in his senior campaign at Lehigh.

With their second-round choice, the Rapids then drafted midfielder Tom Poltl out of UCLA. Poltl is the nephew of former Denver Broncos defensive back Randy Poltl. The Rapids then took defender Bobby Meyer out of Dartmouth in the third and final round.

Colorado then took four players in the three-round 1999 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Rapids added midfielders Kevin Anderson and Darren Sawatzky in the first round, before selecting GK David Winner and defender Tim Martin in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Mittendorf, a 6-0, 170 lb. striker, was a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. The Southbury, Connecticut, native amassed an impressive 43 goals and 20 assists in 84 games over his four-year career, despite playing his freshman and sophomore seasons as a midfielder.

Poltl was a four-year starter at midfield for the UCLA Bruins, collecting 13 goals and 16 assists over his 82 games. The 5-6, 145 lb. midfielder is the nephew of Randy Poltl, a former free safety with the Denver Broncos (1975-1977) and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meyer is a 6-0, 180 lb. defender from Dartmouth. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., he will compete for a spot in the Rapids' already-crowded back line.

Anderson spent 1998 with the Minnesota Thunder, the 1998 runners-up to the A-League championship. The midfielder scored 11 goals and added 4 assists over 34 games as the Thunder lost in the final to the Rochester Rhinos.

Sawatzky, a flank midfielder known for his torrid pace, has been in MLS since 1996, playing last season with the Dallas Burn after spending the first two years with the New England Revolution.

Winner is a goalkeeper who was most recently with the Miami Fusion, before that spending more than two seasons with the Columbus Crew.

Martin has spent the past three seasons with the San Jose Clash, playing 83 games with San Jose before being released following the 1998 season.

1999 COLLEGE SELECTIONS

ANDREW MITTENDORF

FORWARD
LEHIGH
6-0, 170 lbs.
SOUTHBURY, CT
1st ROUND -- #8 OVERALL

CAREER STATS: 84 GAMES - 43 GOALS - 20 ASSISTS - 106 POINTS * Two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year
* 1998 Regional All-American
* 1.33 Goals Per Game Led NCAA in 1998
* Holds Patriot League records for goals in a game (4), points in a game (8), goals in a season (24), points in a season (49), career goals (43) and career points (106).
* Recruited as a defender, played freshman season in defense and sophomore year in midfield before moving up to forward for final two years.

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "I am thrilled to get Andrew at the number eight spot. He is a big forward who has scored a lot of goals since becoming a forward just two years ago. He has good speed and I'm looking forward to see him at the MLS level."

TOM POLTL

MIDFIELDER
UCLA
5-6, 145 lbs.
SAN MARCOS, CA
2nd ROUND -- #20 OVERALL

CAREER STATS: 82 GAMES -- 13 GOALS - 16 ASSISTS - 42 POINTS
* Member of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team pool along with Joey DiGiamarino.
* Earned a starting role immediately his freshman year.
* His play was a crucial part of UCLA's NCAA win over Indiana in 1997.
* Uncle is Randy Poltl, former defensive back with the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings.

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "He is a proven winner who can play at several positions. What we really liked about him was his versatility, he's a good athlete and he can help us in a couple different spots."

BOBBY MEYER
DEFENDER
DARTMOUTH
6-0, 180 lbs.
LONG ISLAND, NY
3rd ROUND -- #32 OVERALL

* Named All-Ivy League three times.
* Considered one of the top central defenders in NCAA Division One soccer.
* Scored one goal his senior season.
* His size and strength will allow him to compete for a spot in the Rapids' already-crowded ranks of defenders.

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "He continues to play better and better. He's a solid defender who can play in the middle of a four-man back line, and he can also play out at right back if needed. We like his size and mobility and are anxious to get him into camp."

1999 SUPPLEMENTAL SELECTIONS

KEVIN ANDERSON

MIDFIELDER
MINNESOTA THUNDER (A-LEAGUE)
5-6, 160 lbs.
1st ROUND -- #7 OVERALL
SOUTHERN CONN. STATE

* Anderson joined the Thunder in 1998 after spending the previous four seasons with the A-League's Long Island Rough Riders.
* Co-captain and second on team in goals (seven) and third in points (16) while playing in 26 of 28 regular-season games.
* Started all six playoff games and played every minute. Led Minnesota in playoff scoring (3-2-8).
* Named All-America twice at Division II Southern Connecticut State.

		GP/GS	MIN	G	A	PTS
1998 STATS	34/31	2917	11	4	26	

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "We were surprised when he was available, we consider him the top central midfielder available in this draft. He's a tireless worker with great skill and composure."

DARREN SAWATZKY

MIDFIELDER
HERSHEY WILDCATS (A-LEAGUE)
5-10, 160 lbs.
1st ROUND -- #8 OVERALL
PORTLAND UNIV.
BORN 2-22-73

* Flank midfielder known for his pace and ability to beat defenders down the outside lanes.
* Played with New England in 1996 and 1997, before joining the Dallas Burn in 1998.

			GP/GS	MIN	G	A	PTS
	1996 (NE)	28/19	1777	4	5	13
	1997 (NE)	26/5	900	1	0	 2
	1998 (DAL)	1/0	3	0	0	 0
	TOTAL		55/24   2680	5	5	15

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "We said we wanted to add speed and we definitely addressed that concern with Darren. We love his pace and his experience in the league."

DAVID WINNER

GOALKEEPER
MIAMI FUSION
6-1, 185 lbs.
2nd ROUND -- #20 OVERALL
UNIV. OF TAMPA
BORN 4-23-71

* Three-year MLS veteran goalkeeper.
* Played with Columbus in 1996, 1997 and the beginning of 1998 before joining the Miami Fusion in late 1998.

			GP/GS	W	L	GA	SHTS	SVS
	1996 (CLB)	7/6	3	4	16	40	22
	1997 (CLB)	4/3	1	2	6	17	11
	1998 (CLB)	1/0	0	1	0	0	0
	1998 (MIA)	3/3	2	1	6	23	16
	TOTAL		15/12	6	8	28	80	49

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "We wanted three keepers heading into pre-season and getting someone with David's experience was a big plus."

TIM MARTIN

DEFENDER
SAN JOSE CLASH
5-11, 165 lbs.
3rd ROUND -- #32 OVERALL
FRESNO STATE
BORN:  4-12-67

* Three-year MLS veteran with San Jose, playing 83 games with the Clash.
* Was third-round pick of San Jose in 1996 MLS Draft.
* Played twice for U.S. National Team.

			GP/GS	MIN	G	A	PTS
		1996 	32/32	2871	1	0	2
		1997 	28/28	2422	0	3	3
		1998 	23/21	1847	0	0	0
		TOTAL	83/81	7140	1	3	5

RAPIDS COACH GLENN MYERNICK: "Tim is a solid defender who is also very experienced in MLS and knows the league and the players. He's a great pick up and we were very pleased to get him."


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