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

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.

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FACE="Arial,Helvetica" SIZE=-1>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.


"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.