News Release     06/18/2001      Djorn Buchholz    (651) 917-TEAM (8326)

Thunder Signs Former Earthquakes Forward

Woolfolk Chosen in 2001 MLS SuperDraft

BLAINE, Minn. (June 18, 2001) – The Minnesota Thunder acquired forward Corey Woolfolk, a prolific goal scorer for Stanford University and led the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer in preseason scoring, it was announced today by Thunder officials.

Woolfolk, 22, was drafted in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Earthquakes with the first choice of the fifth round (49th overall). He played in seven of nine preseason matches for the Earthquakes totaling 321 minutes and started in two games. Woolfolk led the Earthquakes in scoring with four goals and one assist during the preseason, but was released when youth phenomenon Landon Donovan joined the team in March.

"Corey provides a dynamic combination of speed, scoring ability, and an extremely high work rate to the Thunder," said Jim Froslid, Thunder general manager. "I'm confident he will score goals for us and win fans over quickly."

Woolfolk, one of Stanford University’s most prolific goal scorers, ended his senior year scoring 12 goals with eight assists for 32 points, including a post-season explosion in which he scored five goals and two assists in three NCAA Tournament matches. Woolfolk ranks among the all-time Stanford scorers – tallying 25 goals (10th all-time), 21 assists (6th all-time), and 71 points (6th all-time) during his four years with the Cardinals. He was the college teammate of Thunder defender Chris Gores.

“I’m very excited about coming to Minnesota,” said Woolfolk who graduated yesterday from Stanford University. “Everyone has told me what a great organization this is and my goal it to contribute to the team immediately.”

Woolfolk is scheduled to arrive in the Twin Cities Wenesday afternoon and will join head coach Buzz Lagos and a select number of players for a training session Wednesday night.

The Thunder, who has played nine of its first 12 league games on the road, plays its next eight games at home. The Thunder’s next home game is Friday against the El Paso Patriots (3-3-2, 16 points) at the National Sports Center on Friday (kickoff 7:35 pm). The first 4,000 fans will receive a John Swallen collector’s autograph card courtesy of StarTribune. Minnesota will play again on Sunday against third place San Diego at Eastview High School (kickoff 5:05 pm).


Northwest Airlines is the presenting sponsor of the upcoming appearances:

· Eric Otto, Nate Winkel, Chris Gores, Shawn Kroener, and Tamba Johnson will host a clinic at the Grand Opening of the new Isanti soccer complex on June 16 at 11 am.

· Mike Gentile, Morgan Zeba, Shawn Kroener, Kalin Bankov, and Mark Schulte will host a clinic at HealthPartners located in Inver Grove Heights, 5625 Cenex Drive, on June 20 at 10:30 am.

· Several Thunder players including Gerard Lagos, Don Gramenz, John Coughlin, Aaron Leventhal, Mike Gentile, Morgan Zeba, Eric Otto, Mark Schulte, Kirk Miller, and Matt Schmidt will sign autographs, interact with fans, and award medals at the Special Olympics Summer Games being held in Minneapolis next week. Thunder players will be present at the summer games from 1-3 pm on June 21 and from 1:30-3 pm on June 23.

For more information on Thunder appearances contact Community Relations Coordinator Melissa Fox 763-785-3668.

HealthPartners Injury Report

Shawn Kroener – hip flexor strain (probable)

John Coughlin – left foot injury (questionable)

The Minnesota Thunder, founded in 1990, is a second-division professional soccer franchise that plays in the Western Conference of the 21- team A-League. The Thunder's home schedule runs May through September at the National Sports Center in Blaine.