The Baltimore Blast selected four players in yesterday's MISL dispersal draft of former St. Louis Steamers players. The dispersal draft took place yesterday afternoon via conference call after the League announced last week that the Steamers will not play during the upcoming 2006-07 MISL season. In addition to the draft selections, the Blast made trades with the Milwaukee Wave and Detroit Ignition to re-acquire three former Blast players.
In the second round of the dispersal draft, the Blast picked Christian Neagu, a 5-10, 170-pound defender/forward. Neagu played soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University for two seasons and was a Second-Team All-CAA selection in 2002 and 2003. He played for the Richmond Kickers of the USL from 2002 to 2006.
The Blast selected Rey Martinez and Scott Buete in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. Martinez spent the last two seasons with the A-League's Rochester Rhinos and played in seven games for the Colorado Rapids (MLS) in 2004. The 6-0, 185-pound midfielder, was also a member of the Cuban National Team and the U-23 Cuban National Team. Buete, a 5-8, 160-pound midfielder who played collegiate soccer at Maryland, spent two seasons with the Chicago Fire of the Major Soccer League. In 21 games with the Fire, he recorded two assists. In the fifth round of the draft, the Blast chose Fernando "Tati" Errecalde, a midfielder who spent parts of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons with the Steamers. He also played for the Toronto Shooting Stars and Detroit Rockers (NPSL) from 1996-1999.
In addition to picking Neagu, Martinez, Buete and Errecalde, the Blast also made two draft-day trades to acquire three former Blast players. The team traded its first-round pick to the Milwaukee Wave in exchange for the rights to former Blast goalkeeper Brian Rowland and Milwaukee's first round pick. The Blast then traded Milwaukee's first round pick to the expansion Detroit Ignition for the rights to midfielder Carlos Garcia and forward Joel Bailey.
In summary, the Blast traded its first round dispersal draft pick for three former Blast players. The Ignition selected Garcia and Bailey in this summer's Expansion Draft.
Rowland played for the Blast from 2003-2005, winning one championship with the team before being chosen by the California Cougars in the 2005 MISL Expansion Draft. After a brief stint with the Cougars, the Wave acquired him in a trade.
The Blast will open the 2006-07 season on Saturday, November 4th in Detroit against the expansion Ignition. The team will then host the Chicago Storm on Saturday, November 11th at 1st Mariner Arena.
Baltimore's 2006 MISL Dispersal Draft Picks
Round Player Pos. Former Team
2 Christian Neagu D/F St. Louis Steamers
3 Rey Martinez MF St. Louis Steamers
4 Scott Buete MF St. Louis Steamers
5 Fernando Errecalde MF St. Louis Steamers
Posted September 27, 2006