Wizards make Myers surprise No. 1

The Baltimore Sun

The Kansas City Wizards surprised many by taking UCLA sophomore defender Chance Myers with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft at the Baltimore Convention Center.

It was the first sign that this draft would not go as experts expected.

"I would have been happy going last," said Myers, 20, flashing a boyish smile. "I'm more than excited. I didn't expect anything."

It was standing room only in the ballroom, with fans cheering and chanting throughout the early rounds.

Two players, Andy Iro, a defender from University of California-Santa Barbara, and Patrick Nyarko, a forward from Virginia Tech, went to the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire, respectively, with the sixth and seventh picks. Both were thought to be possible No. 1 picks.

All-America Santa Clara midfielder Peter Lowry dropped to 26th overall, going to Chicago in the second round.

Maryland midfielder Stephen King went to Chicago on the 12th pick of the third round (40th overall), and Towson University midfielder Pat Healey and goalkeeper Billy Chiles will have to wait until next week's supplemental draft.

"It's disappointing," said Healey, who sat in the ballroom with his family. "It would have been nice to have gone today with the draft in your hometown. But I'll just wait until next week to see where I'm going."

Chicago assistant coach Daryl Shore said Healey and others who had been on the draft list should not be worried.

"We picked defender Dasan Robinson in the supplemental and now he's starting for us," Shore said.

Shore added the Fire was surprised to find King, one of 10 Atlantic Coast Conference players chosen, available late in the third round, and agreed with Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski that King, 5 feet 8, 153 pounds, is probably "one of the most underappreciated players in the country."


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