Rapids Bolster 2005 Squad With Three Player Selections in MLS SuperDraft

DENVER CO (ColoradoRapids.com)- The Colorado Rapids selected defender Hunter Freeman with the team’s First Round Pick (7th overall) defender Guy Melamed (43rd overall) and midfielder Amir Lowrey (45th overall) in the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft that took place today in Baltimore MD.

Fernando Clavijo’s team also acquired the rights to midfielder Leo Cullen from New England in a trade for Colorado’s 3rd Round Draft Pick (33rd overall) in today’s draft.

Freeman who is currently playing for the United States Under-20 National Team has enjoyed a very successful collegiate career with the University of Virginia. He set a new school record and led the nation in assists in 2004 with 21. The 20-year old defender played for the Texas Spurs (PDL) as a starter and was the youngest member of the team by two years.

Melamed a 6’1" defender who has represented Israel at the Under-16 Under-18 and Under-21 levels has been named Team MVP three times while playing for Boston College. Having captained the team in 2004 he was also one of the semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy. He was part of the Israeli national team that participated in the Under-16 European Championships in Austria and helped Israel to a 3rd place finish.

Lowery a 6’2" midfielder that played in the PDL for the Carolina Dynamo in 2004 starting all 21 games has played four years for Wake Forest University appearing in a total of 74 matches with the Demon Deacons. In 2004 he started all 20 games he played in amassing 1 goal and 3 assists for the ACC regular season champions.

Cullen the first pick in the 1998 MLS SuperDraft has logged a total of 152 games in his six year career in MLS playing for the Miami Fusion (1998-2001) and the New England Revolution (2001-2003). In 2004 he decided to go back to school to finish his degree in Economics which he is expected to receive this spring.

PLAYER INFORMATION:

Hunter Freeman – Defender-
HT: 5’ 11"
WT: 170
DOB: January 8 1985 in Tyler Texas
HOMETOWN: Allen Texas
CITIZENSHIP: USA

Guy Melamed – Defender-
HT: 6’ 1"
WT: 185
DOB: Sept. 12 1979 in Haifa Israel
HOMETOWN: Nofit Israel
CITIZENSHIP: Israel

Amir Lowery – Midfielder-
HT: 6’ 2"
WT: 180
DOB: Dec. 26 1983 in Los Angeles CA
HOMETOWN: Washington D.C.
CITIZENSHIP: USA

Leo Cullen – Midfielder-
HT: 5’8"
WT:
DOB: Feb. 28 1976 in Minneapolis Minessota
College: Maryland
CITIZENSHIP: USA

Transaction
Soccer-MLS
Colorado Rapids- Draft defender Hunter Freeman (1st Round- 7th overall) defender Guy Melamed (4th Round- 43rd overall) and midfielder Amir Lowrey (4th Round- 45th overall) in the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Acquired rights to midfielder Leo Cullen from New England in a trade for Colorado’s 3rd Round Draft Pick (33rd overall) in today’s draft.