Blast drafts Kelderman


The Blast today made University of Virginia midfielder Kris Kelderman its No. 1 pick during the Major Soccer League's annual college draft in Kansas City.

Loyola College forward Doug Miller, a last-minute selection to the College All-Star Showcase game played last night, was the No. 1 pick by Kansas City.

"I really wasn't sure where I stood in the draft," said Kelderman, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder who will be used as a defender indoors. "I thought I could have played better in last night's game, so I was really pleased the Blast thought enough of me to make me their first pick. I'm anxious to sit down and see what my options are."

The Blast also chose:

* Tim Ernst, a 5-9, 165-pound forward from Evansville in the second round.

* Gary Cronin, a 6-1, 170-pound defender from South Connecticut State University, in the third round.

* John Maessner, a 5-9, 165-pound forward, also from Virginia.

"Kris is a very composed player and a big strong player," said Blast coach Kenny Cooper, who will coach the East squad in tonight's All-Star game (WCAO-AM, 600, 8:35 p.m.). "They're all very competitive."

Cooper said the Blast would also invite several free agents to camp in the next few weeks, including Loyola goalkeeper Jason Wright.

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