Roy drafted 15th by MLS’s Dallas squad

By Steve Dennis

Markus Roy, NIU’s star soccer goalkeeper for the past four seasons, was drafted by the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Soccer League Friday.

Roy was the second goalie of seven selected in the draft and 15th player chosen overall. The Sidekicks picked the NIU senior first in the third round.

Since the Sidekicks already herald the league’s top ‘keeper, Dallas’ coach Gordon Jago admitted that choosing a goalie wasn’t a priority in the draft … until Roy came along.

“We were so impressed with his performance in the (All-Star) game that we couldn’t pass him up,” Jago admitted. “We had the first pick in each round and we were hoping that Markus would be around when we selected third or fourth.”

Roy was in Baltimore all last week for the college All-Star game that took place on Thursday. The athletes trained Sunday through Wednesday in preparation for the contest.

Roy—who played for the West squad that lost 7-6—recorded 15 saves, while yielding three goals in his second-half and overtime appearance.

But, it was Roy’s performance throughout the week, plus the stellar showing against the nation’s best that opened the eyes of the Dallas coaching staff.

Assistant Sidekick coach Billy Phillips, a former professional goalkeeper, coached the West team and informed Jago of Roy’s talent.

“Billy’s first recommendation to me was to take a close look at Markus,” Jago said.

Jago noted that a “top player” in the MSL receives a $60,000 salary, while a minimum contract is $24,000.

Roy and the other Dallas draftees will train with the team over spring break and then return when their studies are completed, Jago said.

Roy said he will graduate in either August or December, depending on the request of the Sidekicks.