The Washington Diplomats traded two players and a first-round draft pick for the right to pick defender Gene Mishalow in yesterday's North American Soccer League draft.
With only 30 seconds remaininf before the draft began, Washington general manager John Carcray dealt midfielder Charley McCully, defender Chuck Carey, obtained from the Portland Timber three days ago, and its 1978 first-round pick to San Antonio for the Thunder's first-round pick to San Antonio for the Thunder's First-round choice and defender Tom Galati.
Mishalow, the sixth player selected, is a 5-foot-9 155-pound all-Midwest selection from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Washington's second draft pick was Mark Griffiths, an all-New England forward from Brown University. The Diplomats had no third-round pick and chose defender Fergus Hopper of the University of South Florida on the fourth round.
Glenn Myernick, a defender from Hartwick (N.Y.) College, was taken by the Dallas Tornado as the No. 1 player in the draft. Myernick was voted by Soccer Magazine as the "College Player of the Year."
Fort Lauderdale chose second and named forward Fred Periera of Brown in the first round and Portland followed by tabbing Dale Russell, a forward from Philadelphia Textile.
San Antonio picked goalie Winston Dubose of Florida Tech and Seattle (from Las Vegas) chose midfielder Bruce Rudoff of St. Louis University before Washington selected Mishalow.