Philadelphia Selects Three in Dallas Dispersal Draft
KiXX Acquire Rights to Six-Year Veteran Kiley Couch, Ryan Trout and Chris Goos
Thursday, September 30, 2004
By David Deal
Philadelphia KiXX Executive Vice President/General Manager Greg Bibb announced today the acquisition of three players through the 2004 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Dispersal Draft. On September 13, the MISL announced the Dallas Sidekicks will not participate in active play during the 2004-05 season, but that the League is working to return a Dallas entry to full-active status for the 2005-06 campaign. From the Sidekicks roster, Philadelphia acquired the rights to defender Kiley Couch, Ryan Trout, and midfielder Chris Goos.
The KiXX, with the MISL’s third-best winning percentage in the 2003-04 season, were given the 7th selection in each round of the dispersal draft. Philadelphia selected defender Kiley Couch with the team’s first-round pick (7th overall). Couch, a six-year indoor veteran began his professional career with the Portland Pride of the Central Indoor Soccer League (CISL), where he spent two seasons before joining the Houston Hotshots of the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). Couch then signed with the Cleveland franchise of the current MISL, where he spent the next two seasons; the team was known as the Crunch in 2001-02 and then as the Force in 2002-03. The Salem, Oregon native recorded 59 points and 143 blocks with Cleveland and was named to the 2002 MISL All-Star Game. Couch was then selected by the Monterrey Fury in the 2003 MISL Expansion Draft, but was shortly thereafter traded to the Dallas Sidekicks for the 2003-04 campaign. The 28-year-old defender registered 15 points (10 goals, five assists) and 70 blocks in 32 regular season games with Dallas.
In the second round (16th overall), the club selected midfielder Ryan Trout. Trout, a Harrisburg, PA native spent the 2004 season with the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the outdoor A-League, where he notched a pair of goals in 1,458 minutes. The University of Virginia graduate has also seen action with the Charleston Battery (A-League) and the United States under-17 and under-20 national teams.
Philadelphia concluded their selections in the third round, 25th pick overall, by choosing midfielder Chris Goos. The 24-year-old midfielder spent the past two seasons with the Charleston Battery of the outdoor A-League, in which he tallied seven goals and five assists for 19 points in 1,793 minutes. The Houston, TX native was a four-year starter at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and was named the 2002 Southern Conference Player of the Year after leading all conference scorers with 20 goals and 20 assists for 60 points. His 20-20 season made Goos just the 25th player in NCAA history to reach the milestone.
Philadelphia returns to the Wachovia Spectrum to entertain Baltimore for the team’s home opener on Saturday, November 6. Game-time for the club’s 2004-05 home opener is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET. For ticket information, please contact the club’s Executive Office at 1-888-888-KiXX (5499). Fans can also visit the team’s official website at www.kixxonline.com.
Couch’s career statistics follow: