Two former Spartan soccer players return to San Jose with U.S. Men's National Team

Ryan Suarez is in his first
year with the National Team.
Former men’s soccer defenders C.J. Brown and Ryan Suarez will return to Spartan Stadium as part of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the team’s first-ever meeting against Wales on Monday, May 26. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Brown, a current member of the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, was a member of the Spartans from 1993 to 1996. He earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors and was a first round draft pick by the Burn in 1998.

Suarez was a first team All-American in 2000 for the Spartans. He played from 1997 to 2000 before moving on to the MLS with the Dallas Burn. Last season, he was selected as a MLS All-Star Game starter.

The U.S. vs. Wales contest will mark just the third-ever match for the U.S. men in San Jose, where the team will be looking for their first goal at the 26,000 seat Spartan Stadium. In their two previous matches, the U.S. played to two 0-0 draws, one against F.Y.R. Macedonia just prior to the 1998 World Cup, and one against Australia on Nov. 16, 1998, in Arena’s head coaching debut with the MNT.

Advance tickets are still available in the $25-$70 range and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets (including Tower Records and Rite Aid), by phone (San Jose 408-998-8497; San Francisco 415-421-8497; Oakland 510-625-8497), and on-line at