Three Spartans Drafted In MLS Superdraft, Including Two In First Round

Ryan Suarez
Three players from the 2000 San Jose State University men's soccer team - Ryan Suarez, Isaias Bardales and Jorge Martinez - were selected Feb. 5 in the 2001 Major League Soccer (MLS) Superdraft. Suarez and Bardales were first-round selections.

Suarez was the fifth player selected in the draft. He was selected by the Dallas Burn. He was named an NSCAA/adidas All-American and a CollegeSoccer.com All-American following the 2000 season. He was selected as the Player of the Year in the Mountain Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and was selected as San Jose State's Outstanding Defensive Player of the year.

Isaias Bardales
Bardales, who was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy, was the 11th player picked in the draft. He was a first-team MPSF Mountain Division pick and was a second team Far West Region team selection. Bardales was second on the SJSU team with 11 goals and 25 points last season.

Martinez was the first player picked in the sixth round and was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes. He was San Jose State's Most Valuable Player in 2000, was a first-team MPSF Mountain Division pick, was selected to the NCAA/adidas Far West Region first team, and was named a first-team All-American. He led the Spartans in scoring last season with 17 goals, 11 assists and 45 points.

Jorge Martinez
"I'm excited for all of them," commented San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. "It reflects on how good these players are and how good our program is. I think they'll all make an impact in the MLS."

Notes: Since 1995, five San Jose State players have been drafted by the MLS, including the three players this year. The other two are C.J. Brown, the first overall pick of the Chicago Fire in the 1998 MLS Supplemental player draft, and Todd Duncan, a third round pick of the San Jose Earthquakes in the 1999 College Player Draft.

San Jose State was one of four universities to have three players selected in this year's draft. The others were North Carolina, Clemson and Stanford.