Tuesday, March 20, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

Three from St. Louis chosen in MLS draft

Three players from St. Louis were chosen in the first two rounds of the Major League Soccer draft on Thursday.

Adnan GabeljicA.J. Cochran, who played at CBC and with Scott Gallagher before playing college soccer at Wisconsin, was the first to go, being chosen by Houston with the 16th pick overall. Cochran joins two other St. Louis players, Brad Davis and Will Bruin, with the Dynamo, and another St. Louisan, Steve Ralston, is an assistant coach at Houston.

 SIU Edwardsville goalie John Berner, who went to St. Mary’s High, was chosen with the 16th pick in the second round, 35th overall, by Colorado. Berner had an 0.86 goals-against average for the Cougars and was the Missouri Valley Conference goalie of the year.

Adnan Gabeljic, a Bosnia immigrant whose family settled in St. Louis, was chosen by Kansas City with the final pick of the second round. Gabeljic played at Mehlville High and then at SLU, where he had three goals and an assist this season, largely coming off the bench.

Philadelphia traded up to the No. 1 spot to take Connecticut goalie Andre Blake. DC United, which had the first pick, dropped down to No. 2 to take defender Steve Birnbaum from Cal. Maryland’s Patrick Mullins, who won the MAC’s Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top player, went to New England with the No. 11 pick.

SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch

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The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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