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Real Salt Lake snaps up Rowland second in supplemental draft.

Jeff Rowland
Jeff Rowland, who surpisingly was not selected in the MLS Superdraft, was the second overall pick in the supplemental draft by Real Salt Lake.
-- University of New Mexico web site photo --
SALT LAKE CITY (Thursday, January 26, 2006) -- One of the biggest surprises of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft last Friday was that University of New Mexico striker Jeff Rowland was not selected.

One of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, Rowland led UNM to its best season ever, an 18-2-3 record and the NCAA Division I final where the Lobos lost to Maryland 1-0. During Rowland's four years, UNM was 61-16-8 record and made three NCAA tournament appearances.

Yet, when it came time for the MLS draft last week, Rowland was not among the 48 players picked. Now, Rowland will get his chance to play with Real Salt Lake, which took him with the second choice in the MLS supplemental draft today.

"Better late than never," Rowland said. "It is just a relief to know that I am going to get to continue my career. I am thankful for this opportunity to show my stuff at the next level and I am looking forward to going to work."

If Rowland continues the progress he made after going to New Mexico as a walk-on, he should have a chance to find a roster spot in Salt Lake. In 2005, Rowland led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 16 goals and 36 points. He broke the Lobos record for most points in a season with 46 and tied the record for most goals in a season with 19 in his junior season. He is second all-time in goals (45) and third in points (104) with the Lobos.

"I saw Jeff play at least four times and he is a solid target. He scores big goals in big games," RSL coach John Ellinger. "During the last four years, he has been one of the best strikers at the college level and we hope he enjoys the same success in MLS."

Forward Drew Helm was the first player to go in the supplemental draft, chosen by Chivas USA. Helm missed most of the last two collegiate seasons because of injuries, playing only five games with South Florida in 2004, recording three assists, and then, after transferring, four matches with Florida Atlantic last season, scoring two goals.

Playing 14 games for USF in 2003, he had three goals and four assists.

Helm is "an individual who has the ability to make heads turn," FAU coach Kos Donev said.

All 47 supplemental draft picks played college ball in the U.S. in 2005.


The 2006 MLS supplemental draft, with team name, player, position and college.

First round

1, Chivas USA -- Drew Helm, forward, Florida Atlantic.
2. Real Salt Lake -- Jeff Rowland, forward, New Mexico.
3. Columbus Crew -- Andy Gruenebaum, goalkeeper, Kentucky
4. Kansas City Wizards -- Anthony Noriega, defender, George Mason.
5. MetroStars -- Joseph Vide, midfielder, Virginia.
6. FC Dallas -- Christopher Joyce, forward, Franklin-Pierce.
7. Houston 1836 (from D.C. United) -- Mpho Moloi, midfielder, Connecticut.
8. FC Dallas (from Houston) -- Miguel Guante, defender, Portland.
9. Colorado Rapids -- Jordan Harvey, defender, UCLA.
10. Chicago Fire -- Floyd Franks, midfielder, Charlotte.
11. New England Revolution -- Danny Wynn, midfielder, Saint Louis.
12. Los Angeles Galaxy -- Trevor Mceachron, defender, Old Dominion.

Second round

13. Chivas USA -- Darren Spicer, defender, Princeton.
14. Real Salt Lake -- Willis Forko, defender, Connecticut.
15. Columbus Crew -- David Chun, Southern Methodist.
16. Kansas City Wizards -- Ryan McMahen, forward-midfielder, Michigan
   State.
17. MetroStars -- Pete Dzubay, goalkeeper, Michigan.
18. FC Dallas -- Brad Napper, midfielder-forward, Northwestern.
19. D.C. United -- Andy Metcalf, forward, Memphis.
20. Houston 1836 -- Hector Guzman, forward, Santa Clara.
21. Colorado Rapids -- Liam Girrard, defender, Denver.
22. Chicago Fire -- Dasan Robinson, defender, Dayton.
23. New England Revolution -- John Queeley, defender, North Carolina State.
24. Los Angeles Galaxy -- Dan Paladini, midfielder, California
   State-Northridge.

Third round

25. Chivas USA -- Lawson Vaughn, midfielder, Tulsa.
26. Real Salt Lake -- Chase Harrison, goalkeeper, Virginia Tech.
27. Columbus Crew -- Ivan Becerra, forward, California-Santa Barbara.
28. Kansas City Wizards -- Corey Farabi, midfielder, Drake.
29. MetroStars -- Brian Cvilikas, forward, Old Dominion.
30. FC Dallas -- Sean Babcock, midfielder, Portland.
31. MetroStars (from D.C. United) -- Brian Devlin, midfielder, Penn State.
32. Houston 1836 -- Tony Donatelli, midfielder, Temple.
33. Colorado Rapids -- Keith Cauldwell. Midfielder, Brown.
34. Chicago Fire -- Ezra Prendergast, defender, Syracuse.
35. New England Revolution -- Adam Williamson, midfielder, Lehigh.
36. Los Angeles Galaxy -- Armando Melendez, midfielder-forward, Loyola
   Marymount.

Fourth Round

37. Houston 1836 (from Chivas USA) -- Josh Fender, forward, West Texas
   A&M.
38. Colorado Rapids (from Real Salt Lake) -- Daniel Wasson,
   midfielder-defender, Tulsa.
39. FC Dallas (Columbus Crew through MetroStars) -- Peter Louis, forward. Coastal Carolina.
40. Kansas City Wizards -- Chris Hamberger. Midfielder, Drake.
41. Real Salt Lake (from MetroStars) -- Chris Lancos, defender, Maryland.
42. Chicago Fire (FC Dallas through Colorado Rapids) -- Idris Ughiovhe,
   defender, Howard.
43. D.C. United -- Devon McTavish, defender, West Virginia.
44. Houston 1836 -- no pick.
45. Kansas City Wizards (from Colorado Rapids) -- Luke Enna, midfielder,
   Tampa
46. Chicago Fire -- Richard Mupfudze, forward, Western Kentucky.
47. New England Revolution -- Matt Wieland, defender, Creighton.
48. Los Angeles Galaxy -- Matt Couch, forward, San Diego State.

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