Howard player 1st pick in pro soccer draft

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Washington Afro-American

Howard University's soccer captain, Michael Bain, saw one of his dreams come true last week as the Los Angeles Aztecs chose him in the first round of the North American Soccer League draft.

Bain, a two-time All-American and member of the Bisons' 1974 NCAA championship squad, scored 32 goals in his collegiate career. He was a member of Trinidad's national soccer team at the age of 18, and in 1971 he was recruited by Howard Coach Lincoln Phillips.

The Aztecs, champions of the NASL in 1974, obtained the first round pick by giving the Chicago Sting, a 1975 expansion club, their first and second choices in 1976. There are four expansion teams in the 19 member league.

"We feel that Bain displays excellent control of the ball," said Aztec Coach Terry Fisher, former coach at UCLA. "He's tall and we'll probably use him as a forward or midfielder."

Currently in Spain on a four week study tour awared by Howard's Department of Spanish, Bain will graduate in May.

According to Phillips, "Bain has been a good leader on and off the field. He always gets to practice first, he works hard and he is an inspiration to the others on the squad."

Bain would up his 1974 season by placing third in balloting as college soccer "Player of the Year" by the National Soccer Coaches Association.