Four Washington Diplomat players were among the 11 selected in yesterday's North American Soccer League dispersal draft in New York.
American defenseman Benny Dargle was the first player chosen, by Seattle. Midfielder Peter Baralic was drafted by Tulsa, goalkeeper Jim Brown was selected by the league champion Chicago Sting and American forward Ole Mikkelsen was taken by Fort Lauderdale.
The Diplomat franchise and clubs in Atlanta, Calgary and California were terminated Sept. 27. All 20 Diplomats were eligible to be drafted, according to former Diplomat officials. Several of the Dips already had returned to Europe to play the autumn season and did not plan to continue playing in the NASL.
Baralic, the Yugoslavian captain of the Dips, was sold to Tulsa earlier in the year but refused to report. At that time, Tulsa officials said Baralic would never play for the Roughnecks. Mikkelsen, a 22-year-old from UCLA, is considered one of the bright American prospects and Brown is one of the league's best goalkeepers.
Calgary had four players drafted, Jurgen Roeber (Chicago), Franz Gerber (Tulsa), Jurgen Stars (Tampa) and Tom Boric (Tampa). Montreal took Stephen Feeney and Tulsa drafted Laurie Abrahams from California. And high-scoring forward Brian Kidd, formerly of Atlanta, went to San Jose.