Stratford in Draft

Senior midfielder Dan Stratford was drafted by D.C. United with the 10th pick in the second round, 24th overall, of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Wednesday night.

The two-year captain of the Mountaineers closed his collegiate career having tallied the most assists (27) and played in the most matches (85) in school history. Stratford netted 20 goals in four years.

The London, England, native was named to the all-Big East second team and the NSCAA all-Region third team following his performance last season.

Stratford is the fourth player under Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc to pursue a professional career and the second this season. Midfielder Andy Wright signed a professional contract with the Scunthorpe United Football Club of the English Championship League in his native England on Jan. 3.

"We are very excited for Dan and wish him nothing but the best as he pursues a career with D.C. United," comments LeBlanc. "United saw him play and saw Dan score the game-winning goal against then-No. 6 Maryland in overtime in College Park, Md. I think that turned some heads."

Last season, All-Americans Jarrod Smith and Nick Noble were drafted in the first round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Smith went as the first overall pick in the draft to the new MLS expansion team Toronto, while Noble was the seventh overall pick by the Chicago Fire.

WVU closed the 2007 season with a record of 14-6-2, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in program history. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 18 in the final NSCAA/adidas poll of the season, released on Nov. 13


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