Beckerman, Barclay get new MLS teams

January 12, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham

Former McDonogh School standout Devin Barclay and Arundel High grad Kyle Beckerman have found new homes in Major League Soccer, which held allocation and dispersal drafts yesterday after the Miami and Tampa Bay franchises ceased operations earlier in the week.

Barclay, an 18-year-old forward formerly with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, was the eighth selection of the San Jose Earthquakes. Beckerman, 19, was chosen by the Colorado Rapids with the 11th pick in the subsequent dispersal draft after starting out with the Miami Fusion.

In his rookie season last year, Barclay started 12 games and played in 23 for the Mutiny, scoring three goals and adding two assists. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at McDonogh, totaling 16 goals and 30 assists, before moving on to Bradenton (Fla.) Academy High School as part of the Bollettieri Residential Program.

The Annapolis native is currently training in England with the Tottenham Hotspur club and has been invited to work with the U.S. Under-20 National Team later in the month.

Beckerman made his MLS debut with the Fusion in July 2000 and scored his first career goal that September in his first start against D.C. United.

He has been a prominent member of the U.S. National Team since 1997, including 40 appearances and 15 goals with the Under-17 team. In December, he had a three-week training session with Fulham, a club of the English First Division.

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