Rowdies eye Player of Year

Ron Martz
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St. Petersburg Times

A three-time All-American soccer player, who will probably be the first pick in next month's North American Soccer League draft, Wednesday was name the 1974 College Player of the Year by "Soccer Monthly" magazine of Tampa.

Farruck Quraishi of the State University of New York at Oneonta was a runaway winner in the voting by 15 professional and college soccer coaches, according to "Soccer Monthly's" managing editor, Francisco Marcos.

QURAISHI IS a native of Persia but had lived in England since he was two years old before attending Oneonta State. He was a first-team All-American his junior and senior years and honorable mention as a sophomore. He was also the most valuable player in the 1972 NCAA Division II soccer tournament, the MVP in the Senior Bowl in Orlando last week, MVP in four other tournaments and has been chosen to every all-star team in every tournament in which he has played.

Quraishi led the Red Dragons to two State University of New York Athletic Conference titles, the New York State Championship in 1972 and a second-place finish in the 1972 NCAA College Division tourney.

Dale Russell of Philadelphia Textile finished second to Quraishi in the Player of the Year balloting, followed in order by Ian Bain of Howard University, and Sergio Velasquez of UCLA.

MARCOS, who is also the public relations director of the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL, said Quraishi most likely will be the first choice in the draft, in which expansion teams Tampa, San Antonio and Chicago will flip a coin to decide who gets the first pick.

"He is the hottest property to come out of the college ranks since the draft was instituted," said Marcos. "He would have been a professional by now had he stayed in England."

"Soccer Monthly" is the official publication of the United States Soccer Foundation, the sport's governing body in this country.