- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 19, 2008

BALTIMORE — D.C. United drafted Cal midfielder Andrew Jacobson with the 24th overall pick yesterday in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

“We were surprised he didn’t go in the first round,” United general manager Dave Kasper said.

The 22-year-old earned Pac-10 player of the year honors. The 6-foot-2, Palo Alto, Calif. native played 83 career games for the Golden Bears, totaling 11 goals and 13 assists.

“[United] plays a nice game, which I think is favorable to my style,” said Jacobson, who considers himself as a central defender who can also go on the attack. “Being their first pick of the draft shows they believe in me.”

Said United coach Tom Soehn: “He’s got a good soccer brain and good fit for a big man.”

The Kansas City Wizards drafted defender Chance Myers, a 20-year-old sophomore from UCLA, with the first overall selection.

With the 33rd pick, United drafted 5-foot-11 forward Ryan Cordeiro from Connecticut. Cordeiro scored 59 goals in 84 career games in his career.

With its last pick and the 52nd overall, United drafted Tony Schmitz, a versatile defender from Creighton.

The New England Revolution traded allocation money to the Los Angeles Galaxy for former United defender Chris Albright. Chivas USA acquired former United forward Alecko Eskandarian from Real Salt Lake in exchange for allocation money.

The Chicago Fire drafted Maryland’s Stephen King with the 40th overall pick. King had 33 career assists, the second-most in Terrapins history.

The Houston Dynamo selected midfielder Jeremy Barlow of Herndon, who played at Virginia, with the last pick.

In other United news, Kasper said time was running out in contract negotiations with midfielder Christian Gomez.

“We need a decision,” he said.

Jaime Moreno, whom Kasper said had some good offers from Mexican teams, will re-sign with United next week.

As for forward Luciano Emilio, Kasper said he’s holding out for more money.

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