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EXPLOSIVE SCORER JEAN HARBOR RAPIDS' FIRST-EVER DRAFT PICK;

U.S. CAPTAIN BALBOA, SOUTH AFRICAN PHENOM BARTLETT NAMED MARQUEE PLAYERS

DENVER (Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1995) -- The Colorado Rapids' promise of exciting, attacking soccer was fueled by the allocation of two genuine superstars -- veteran U.S. National Team captain Marcelo Balboa and South African striker Shaun Bartlett -- and their selection of high-scoring forward Jean Harbor with the second pick in Major League Soccer's Inaugural Player Draft.

Balboa, with 109 caps for the United States (more than any other American international), is a punishing defender who loves to attack, a style that has led to 12 goals during international competition, two U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards (1992 and 1994), and the 1994 Honda Player of the Year Award, for which he is a four-time finalist. The 1990 and 1994 World Cup veteran has played for the Mexican First Division's Leon the last two seasons, saying the club from relegation in 1995 and leading them to the top of the Premier League this year.

Bartlett, a big 6-foot-2, 185-pound bruising forward, has emerged as a force in South Africa's Premier Division, scoring more than 40 goals the past two seasons with Cape Town, leading the Spurs to League and Super Bowl titles. The 27-year-old speedster recently helped the South African National Team to the African Nations Cup last week, scoring a brilliant goal in South Africa's stunning 3-0 semifinal victory over Ghana, and playing the full 90 minutes in South Africa's 2-0 championship victory over Tunisia. Bartlett, who had received strong interest from English Premier League clubs, was named the Most Valuable Player during November's Four Nations Tournament after scoring three goals in three games.

Harbor, a tenacious forward blessed with great size, speed, and finishing ability, ranks as the career scoring leader in the second division American Professional Soccer League with 66 goals and 42 assists in only five seasons. Harbor scored the only goal in the 1994 APSL Championship Game for the Montreal Impact, giving the 30-year-old his third league title. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound striker has made 15 international appearances for the U.S. National Team. Harbor came to the United States in 1983 after playing with two, Nigerian professional teams, Nepa F.C. and Rangers F.C. He attended Alabama A&M, earning All-American honors three times and still holds the school's all-time scoring record.


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