Brian 'Cobi' Span
Jan. 9, 2014
FRISCO, Texas - Former Virginia midfielder Brian Span was acquired Thursday (Jan. 9) by FC Dallas of Major League Soccer in a weighted lottery.
Span spent the past two seasons with Swedish first-division side Djurgårdens IF, where he made 14 appearances and scored one goal.
Span, who will turn 22 in February, played two years at Virginia before signing with Djurgårdens IF in 2012. He started 39 of 41 matches during his time with the Cavaliers, scoring 12 goals and eight assists. He was a 2011 Second-Team All-ACC selection and also was named to the 2010 ACC All-Freshman Team.
FC Dallas was the favorite to land the winger going into Thursday's draft with a 41.1 percent chance. The Chicago Fire (27 percent chance), San Jose Earthquakes (18.7 percent), New England Revolution (12.3 percent) and Real Salt Lake (0.9 percent) also participated in the lottery.
According to the 2013 MLS Player Rules and Regulations: "Players made available through lotteries include Generation adidas players signed after the MLS SuperDraft or draft eligible players to whom an MLS contract was offered but who failed to sign with the League prior to the Draft."
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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