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McBride First MLS Draft Pick

February 7, 1996 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brian McBride, an All-America forward from Saint Louis University, was the first player selected in Tuesday’s Major League Soccer draft, taken by the Columbus Crew.

The MLS makes its debut as the premier league in the United States on April 6.

Ten teams chose 80 players in the draft, with 69 of those selected Americans.

McBride, twice an All-America selection, was a standout at a recent MLS player combine. On the final day of the combine, he scored three goals.

``It’s been a dream of mine to earn a living playing professional soccer at the top level in the United States,″ McBride said. ``I’m excited about playing in Columbus and scoring a lot of goals.″

McBride played one season in the German second division with Vfl Wolfsburg.

A pair of U.S. national team forwards were picked next. The Colorado Rapids chose Jean Harbor and the Dallas Burn grabbed Ted Eck.

Other first-round choices were defenders Robin Fraser (Los Angeles Galaxy), Iain Fraser (New England Revolution) and Matt Knowles (New York-New Jersey MetroStars); goalkeeper Mark Dougherty (Tampa Bay Mutiny); forward Raul Diaz Arce (Washington D.C. United); and midfielders Mark Chung (Kansas City Wiz) and Paul Bravo (San Jose Clash).

Dougherty was one of only two keepers selected in the first four rounds. Six more were taken in the next four rounds.

The final eight rounds of the draft will be held Wednesday.