Four Men's Soccer Players Selected in MLS Draft

Keller selected in first round by Tampa Bay.

Feb. 2, 1998

UCLA soccer players Josh Keller, Matt Reis, Kevin Coye and Nick Theslof joined 17 other former Bruins in Major League Soccer after being drafted in the MLS collegiate draft this weekend. The four Bruins chosen were the most from any school in the draft this year.

Keller, a midfielder from Laguna Niguel (Santa Margarita HS), was the first Bruin selected, chosen No. 7 overall by the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Keller, who scored 16 goals and 14 assists in his four years at UCLA, co-captained the Bruins last year to their third NCAA title and earned second-team All-Far West, first-team All-MPSF and Final Four All-Tournament Team recognition. He joins former Bruins Frankie Hejduk, Adam Frye and Sam George in Florida.

Reis, a goalkeeper from Mission Viejo (Santa Margarita HS), led UCLA to its 1997 NCAA title with two shutouts in the Final Four, of which he was selected the Defensive MVP. Reis, who finished his career with 15 shutouts and a goals against average of 0.93, was selected as the No. 2 pick in the third round (26th overall) by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He will back up former teammate Kevin Hartman in the nets for his hometown team. Reis will be one of five former Bruins on the Galaxy roster, joining Hartman, Paul Caligiuri, Cobi Jones and Greg Vanney.

The New England Revolution selected defender Kevin Coye (Huntington Beach/ Ocean View HS) with the fifth pick in the third round (29th overall). Coye, who totaled two goals and six assists in his career, earned first-team all- conference honors in 1997 but missed the entire playoffs due to a sprained MCL. He joins former Bruin Joe-Max Moore in New England.

Columbus native Nick Theslof will be returning home after being selected by the Columbus Crew with the No. 9 pick in the third round. Theslof is a three- time all-conference pick who in his career scored 15 goals and 22 assists. He will be reunited with four other former Bruins - Brad Friedel, Mike Lapper, Jorge Salcedo and Billy Thompson.

In addition, former UCLA standout Tayt Ianni (1990-93) was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the third round of the MLS supplemental draft.