San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State men's soccer is putting on its first Alumni Game/Day in 20 years and will take place this Saturday, April 16 at Spartan Stadium.
Festivities will kick off with the alumni game at 2:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The game will be divided into two teams, SJSU Alumni vs. 2011 Spartans. Following the game, there will be a reception barbeque at 4:00 p.m. for participants and invited guests in the SE corner of Spartan Stadium.
"It's been an awful long time since we played the alumni and I am very excited for tomorrow," said head coach Gary St. Clair. "We have current alumni dating back from 1927 onto the present. While some of the older alums will not be on the field, they will certainly be in attendance. This will be a great day for San Jose State soccer."
Two notable men's soccer alums, Ryan Suarez and Jorge Martinez, will be joining the action. Both Suarez and Martinez played for San Jose State from 1997 to 2000 and received All-American status in 2000 when the top-ranked Spartans went undefeated in regular season.
Suarez, a defender, was drafted seventh overall by the Dallas Burn in the 2001 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft and also spent time with the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. Martinez was drafted as a midfielder by the neighboring MLS San Jose Earthquakes in the final round in 2001.
The Spartans are .500 (2-2) in spring season, including two back-to-back decisive victories over Cal (2-0) and San Francisco (2-0). Saint Mary's and Stanford edged the Spartans by just one goal apiece, 1-0 against the Gaels and 2-1 at the Cardinal.
The final spring match for San Jose State is against Bay Area rival Santa Clara at 7:00 p.m. on April 22 at Spartan Stadium.
2011 San Jose State Men's Soccer Spring Results/Schedule
Spring Match 1: San Jose State vs. Saint Mary's, (L) 1-0
Spring Match 2: San Jose State vs. Cal, (W) 2-0
Spring Match 3: San Jose State vs. USF, (W) 2-0
Spring Match 4: San Jose State at Stanford, (L) 2-1
Spring Match 5: San Jose State vs. SJSU Alumni, Saturday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.
Spring Match 6: San Jose State vs. Santa Clara, Friday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.