Diaz drafted by MISL's California Cougars

STOCKTON, Calif The California Cougars, of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), selected San Jose State forward Nelson Diaz with the 16th overall pick in the MISL College Draft, Wednesday, March 8.

“Nelson was a top Division I college player,” Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair said. “I think he’ll make a very smooth transition to the professional level. Given the nature of the indoor game, he should do very well because he’s a big, strong, fast player.”

Diaz was the leading scorer in 2005 for the Spartans, who finished with an 11-5-3 overall record and placed second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings, just behind national runner-up New Mexico. Diaz scored 10 goals and registered 22 points by adding two assists. Five of his goals were game-winners, with three coming in overtime. Diaz was named to the NSCAA/adidas Far West All-Region second team, and was chosen by his teammates as the team "Most Valuable Player." A native of San Francisco, Calif., and transfer from City College of San Francisco, Diaz scored 11 total goals in his career at San Jose State.

The California Cougars selected five players Wednesday in the 2006 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) College Draft. The Cougars, coached by California and U.S. Soccer icon Troy Dayak, secured top talent from within the state of California in drafting four field players and one goalkeeper.