San Jose State University's Ryan Suarez has been selected for the sixth annual Umbro Select All-Star Classic. The game, featuring the top senior collegiate players from throughout the country, is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 4 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
Suarez, a senior defender from Roseville, Calif., was named San Jose State's Most Valuable Player, was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Mountain Division Player of the Year, and was a first-team NSCAA/adidas and a CollegeSoccer.com All-American.
Suarez anchored the Spartan defense which allowed just 13 goals during the season. He started all 22 games during the season, and scored five goals and had three assists. He had two game winning goals during the season, and assisted on the game winning goals in both MPSF playoff games. Suarez was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week three times during the season. The Spartans finished with a 20-1-1 overall record and won the MPSF Mountain Division with an 8-0 mark.
Entering its sixth year in 2001, the Umbro Select All-Star Classic has become one of the highlights on the USA's national soccer calendar. Held in early February each year, the Umbro Select features a major international soccer match along with all-star games with the top senior collegiate players from throughout the United States. Major League Soccer holds spring training for each of its teams in the area during this time, and the annual MLS Player Draft is held the same weekend as the Umbro Select. With dozens of professional coaches in the area for spring training, the Umbro Select All-Star Classic gives them one last opportunity to take a look at the nation's best up-and-coming collegiate players who are professional prospects.