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Parkview grad Moore picked 15th in MLS Super Draft

The top 10 players selected in Friday's Major League Soccer Super Draft made the TV coverage on the Fox Soccer Channel.

Parkview grad Justin Moore didn't get on the broadcast, but he was pretty close and far from disappointed.

Moore, a four-year starter at defender for Clemson, was selected 15th overall by FC Dallas on Friday at the league's annual draft in Philadelphia. The 22-year-old follows older brother Jason, the No. 1 pick in the 1999 MLS Draft, into the league. Jason no longer plays in the MLS.

Moore and his father Doug attended Friday's draft, and they were thrilled when he was called to the stage at No. 15, the third player selected in the second round.

"It was definitely exciting (at the draft)," Moore said via cell phone on Friday. "It also was a bit of a relief to hear your name called. I was nervous, but also excited. That's step one. Now I've got to get ready for the

preseason."

Moore started 22 games and tallied seven assists last fall at Clemson, helping the Tigers reach the NCAA Final Four. His Clemson teammate, Nathan Sturgis, was taken 12th overall by the L.A. Galaxy.

FC Dallas took 18-year-old Dax McCarty, a Winter Park Fla., native who played a season at North Carolina, with its first-round pick at No. 6. McCarty is a midfielder.

"It was kind of a shock to me (to get drafted so high)," Moore said. "Going into the season I didn't know where I stood with getting drafted. But making the Final Four and the season was great. Just getting drafted by a team like Dallas and to have a chance to play professional soccer is a dream come true."

Moore said he knows a couple of his future FC Dallas teammates, Drew Moore and Eddie Johnson, who played with him on state and regional teams. Dallas reached the second leg of the conference semifinals in 2005 before losing on penalty kicks to the Colorado Rapids.

Dallas is preparing for its second season in the new Pizza Hut Park, a 20,000-seat soccer stadium that sits on 115 acres.

Moore becomes the third Parkview player and third Gwinnett player to reach the MLS level, joining his older brother and U.S. National Team forward Josh Wolff.

"Justin probably was one of, if not the smartest player I think I ever coached," said longtime and now retired Parkview boys soccer coach Karl Bostick. "I always said Justin Moore will be a coach one day because he studied the game. He studied it constantly."

But before he coaches, Moore has some playing left.

UCLA defender Marvell Wynne, the son of the former major league outfielder with the same name, was the No. 1 overall pick on Friday by the MetroStars.