A last-minute flurry of wheeling and dealing has given the Spirit the No. 1 pick in today's National Professional Soccer League draft.
After securing the Edmonton Drillers' No. 4 selection for cash on Monday, the Spirit yesterday dealt the pick and an undisclosed amount of cash to the expansion Toronto Shooting Stars for their No. 1 choice in the first and fourth rounds.
The Spirit will go into the draft, conducted via conference call, with a territorial choice, Nos. 1, 6 and 12 in the first round of the regular draft, No. 12 in the second and third rounds and Nos. 1 and 12 in the fourth.
"Now we're in the best position possible," Spirit general manager Drew Forrester said. "We have a territorial selection that isn't available to any other team, and having the first overall pick guarantees we'll be able to select the player of our choice."
Pub Date: 12/19/96