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The MLS Inaugural Player Draft, held before Major League Soccer's initial 1996 season, distributed players to the league's ten inaugural teams. The Inaugural Player Draft occurred on February 6 and 7, 1996 after each team was allocated four marquee players.

^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the US Soccer Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for an MLS Best XI team

Round 1

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
1 Columbus Crew Brian McBride F VfL Wolfsburg
2 Colorado Rapids Jean Harbor F Seattle SeaDogs
3 Dallas Burn Ted Eck M Wichita Wings
4 Los Angeles Galaxy Robin Fraser D Colorado Foxes
5 New England Revolution Iain Fraser D Sacramento Knights
6 Kansas City Wiz Mark Chung M San Diego Sockers
7 Tampa Bay Mutiny Mark Dougherty GK Hawaii Tsunami
8 San Jose Clash Paul Bravo M Monterey Bay Jaguars
9 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Matt Knowles D Milwaukee Wave
10 D.C. United Raúl Díaz Arce F Firpo

Round 2

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
11 Columbus Crew Mark Watson D Vancouver 86ers
12 Colorado Rapids Denis Hamlett D Anaheim Splash
13 Dallas Burn Tom Soehn D Las Vegas Dustdevils
14 Los Angeles Galaxy David Kramer GK Monterey Bay Jaguars
15 New England Revolution Peter Woodring D Hawaii Tsunami
16 Kansas City Wiz Peter Isaacs F Tampa Bay Cyclones
17 Tampa Bay Mutiny Peter Hattrup M Seattle Sounders
18 San Jose Clash Altimont Butler M North Jersey Imperials
19 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Troy Dayak D San Jose Grizzlies
20 D.C. United Shawn Medved M Cincinnati Silverbacks

Round 3

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
21 Columbus Crew Billy Thompson F Tampa Bay Terror
22 Colorado Rapids Steve Trittschuh D Tampa Bay Terror
23 Dallas Burn Lawrence Lozzano D Tampico
24 Los Angeles Galaxy Jorge Salcedo M Monarcas Morelia
25 New England Revolution Bojan Vučković F Tampa Bay Terror
26 Kansas City Wiz Sean Bowers D Anaheim Splash
27 Tampa Bay Mutiny John Diffley D Long Island Rough Riders
28 San Jose Clash Tim Martin D Atlanta Ruckus
29 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Peter Vermes F New York Fever
30 D.C. United Erik Imler D Raleigh Flyers

Round 4

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
31 Columbus Crew Mike Clark D Richmond Kickers
32 Colorado Rapids Brian Bates D Richmond Kickers
33 Dallas Burn Brian Haynes M Seattle Sounders
34 Los Angeles Galaxy John Garvey F Baltimore Spirit
35 New England Revolution Marquis White F Club Destroyers
36 Kansas City Wiz Eric Eichmann F St. Louis Ambush
37 Tampa Bay Mutiny Ivan McKinley M Wits University FC
38 San Jose Clash Rhett Harty D Monterey Bay Jaguars
39 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Jeff Zaun D North Jersey Imperials
40 D.C. United Richie Williams M Richmond Kickers

Round 5

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
41 Columbus Crew Bo Oshoniyi GK New York Centaurs
42 Colorado Rapids Troy Edwards D Myrtle Beach Boyz
43 Dallas Burn Jason Kreis F Raleigh Flyers
44 Los Angeles Galaxy Mark Semioli D Monterey Bay Jaguars
45 New England Revolution Ted Chronopoulos D Panionios
46 Kansas City Wiz Jeff Causey GK Richmond Kickers
47 Tampa Bay Mutiny Diego Viera F C.A. Cerro
48 San Jose Clash Paul Holocher M Monterey Bay Jaguars
49 New York/New Jersey MetroStars A.J. Wood F University of Virginia
50 D.C. United Thor Lee D Wichita Wings

Round 6

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
51 Columbus Crew Brandon Ward M Hampton Roads Mariners
52 Colorado Rapids Scott Cannon D Cincinnati Silverbacks
53 Dallas Burn Mark Dodd GK Colorado Foxes
54 Los Angeles Galaxy Joey Kirk F St. Louis Ambush
55 New England Revolution Yari Allnutt F Irapuato
56 Kansas City Wiz Tommy Reasoner M San Diego Top Guns
57 Tampa Bay Mutiny Frank Yallop D Ipswich Town
58 San Jose Clash Jeff Baicher F San Jose Grizzlies
59 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Ted Gillen M Richmond Kickers
60 D.C. United Brian Kamler M Richmond Kickers

Round 7

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
61 Columbus Crew Janusz Michallik M New York Centaurs
62 Colorado Rapids Matt Kmosko D Cincinnati Silverbacks
63 Dallas Burn Rene Ortiz M San Diego Sockers
64 Los Angeles Galaxy Harut Karapetyan F Los Angeles Salsa
65 New England Revolution Robert Ukrop F Richmond Kickers
66 Kansas City Wiz Scott Uderitz F Las Vegas Dustdevils
67 Tampa Bay Mutiny Frankie Hejduk D UCLA
68 San Jose Clash Jeff Betts F Portland Pride
69 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Zach Thornton GK Loyola-Maryland
70 D.C. United Mile Milovac GK United Serbs

Round 8

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
71 Columbus Crew Todd Yeagley M Richmond Kickers
72 Colorado Rapids Scott Benedetti F Colorado Foxes
73 Dallas Burn Gerell Elliott M Sacramento Knights
74 Los Angeles Galaxy Curt Onalfo D Tampico
75 New England Revolution Darren Sawatzky F Oregon Surge
76 Kansas City Wiz Nyanforth Peters F FC Locarno
77 Tampa Bay Mutiny Tayt Ianni D Raj Pracha FC
78 San Jose Clash Dave Salzwedel GK Los Angeles Soccer Club
79 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Eddie Soto F Los Angeles Salsa U-23
80 D.C. United Kris Kelderman D St. Louis Ambush

Round 9

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
81 Columbus Crew Ramiro Corrales D California Jaguars
82 Colorado Rapids Ian Butterworth D Norwich City
83 Dallas Burn John Kerr, Jr. M Walsall
84 Los Angeles Galaxy Manny Motajo D Washington Warthogs
85 New England Revolution Tom Lips D New York Fever
86 Kansas City Wiz Uche Okafor D Ironi Ashdod
87 Tampa Bay Mutiny Mike Duhaney M University of Nevada, Las Vegas
88 San Jose Clash Victor Mella F Colo-Colo
89 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Giovanni Savarese F Long Island Rough Riders
90 D.C. United Clint Peay D University of Virginia

Round 10

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
91 Columbus Crew Marcelo Carrera F Canton Invaders
92 Colorado Rapids Felipe Rodriguez M Pumas
93 Dallas Burn Jimmy McGeough, Jr. D Wichita Wings
94 Los Angeles Galaxy Joey Leonetti M Portland Pride
95 New England Revolution Richard Weiszmann D North Bay Breakers
96 Kansas City Wiz Alan Prampin F Raleigh Flyers
97 Tampa Bay Mutiny Flávio Ferri F San Antonio Pumas
98 San Jose Clash Henry Gutierrez M Myrtle Beach Boyz
99 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Pat O'Kelly D North Jersey Imperials
100 D.C. United Ben Crawley F Richmond Kickers

Round 11

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
101 Columbus Crew Shane Battelle D St. Louis Knights
102 Colorado Rapids Lance Hill F New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers
103 Dallas Burn Jorge Flores M Paramount High School
104 Los Angeles Galaxy John O'Brien M Anaheim Splash
105 New England Revolution John DeBrito M New York Fever
106 Kansas City Wiz Phil Wellington GK Cocoa Expos
107 Tampa Bay Mutiny Derek Backman M Tampa Bay Cyclones
108 San Jose Clash Oscar Draguicevich D Cleveland Crunch
109 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Mickey Kydes M New York Fever
110 D.C. United Said Fazlagić D NK Rovinj

Round 12

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
111 Columbus Crew Pete Marino F Bayer Leverkusen (Regionalliga)
112 Colorado Rapids Eric Puls F St. Louis Knights
113 Dallas Burn Richard Farrer F New Mexico Chiles
114 Los Angeles Galaxy Adan Villalvazo F Cerritos Inter-America
115 New England Revolution Jim Adams GK Cleveland Crunch
116 Kansas City Wiz Kevin Koetters M Kansas City Attack
117 Tampa Bay Mutiny Nelson Vargas M Florida Eagles
118 San Jose Clash Gabe Garcia F Myrtle Beach Boyz
119 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Khary Stockton F Richmond Kickers
120 D.C. United Daniel de Oliveira M Firpo

Round 13

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
121 Columbus Crew Paul Young M Charleston Battery
122 Colorado Rapids Josh McKay D Hawaii Tsunami
123 Dallas Burn Jimmy Glenn F Cincinnati Silverbacks
124 Los Angeles Galaxy Brad Wilson M 1. FC Saarbrücken
125 New England Revolution Geoff Aunger M Vancouver 86ers
126 Kansas City Wiz Billy Baumhoff D St. Louis Knights
127 Tampa Bay Mutiny Zen Luzniak M Fort Lauderdale Strikers
128 San Jose Clash Rafael Amaya D Colorado Foxes
129 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Andrew Restrepo D Tampa Bay Cyclones
130 D.C. United Matthew Olson GK Everett BigFoot

Round 14

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
131 Columbus Crew Laurence Piturro D Long Island Rough Riders
132 Colorado Rapids Khalil Azmi GK New Hampshire Ramblers
133 Dallas Burn Steve Keller M Rockford Raptors
134 Los Angeles Galaxy David Beall M San Diego Sockers
135 New England Revolution Antonio Superbia M Jersey Dragons
136 Kansas City Wiz Terry Woodberry D Dallas Sidekicks
137 Tampa Bay Mutiny Scott Budnick GK de:SSV Vorsfelde
138 San Jose Clash Tom Liner GK P.S.V. Schwartz-Weiss
139 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Nidal Baba M Clemson University
140 D.C. United Sterling Wescott F Wichita Wings

Round 15

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
141 Columbus Crew Todd Haskins M Washington Warthogs
142 Colorado Rapids Brian Hurley M Tampico
143 Dallas Burn Ed Puskarich D Milwaukee Wave
144 Los Angeles Galaxy Garfield Shaw F Washington Warthogs
145 New England Revolution Derk Droze F Arica
146 Kansas City Wiz Samuel Ekeme D Monterrey La Raza
147 Tampa Bay Mutiny Goran Hunjak F Kansas City Attack
148 San Jose Clash Carlos Farias F Unattached
149 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Jorge Acosta F New York Fever
150 D.C. United Garth Lagerwey GK Hampton Roads Mariners

Round 16

Pick # MLS team Player Position Previous Team
151 Columbus Crew Manny Catano M Des Moines Menace
152 Colorado Rapids Joel Shanker M St. Louis Ambush
153 Dallas Burn Gabe Gentile M Dallas Texans
154 Los Angeles Galaxy Carlos Jaguande M Jersey Dragons
155 New England Revolution Jorge Olamendi M Los Angeles Salsa
156 Kansas City Wiz Ken Snow F Tampa Bay Terror
157 Tampa Bay Mutiny Greg Lalas M Avenir Beggen
158 San Jose Clash Kevin Grimes M Raleigh Flyers
159 New York/New Jersey MetroStars Walter Bustamante M Jersey Dragons
160 D.C. United Carlos Garcia M Myrtle Beach Boyz