Former Spartan Ryan Suarez named an MLS All-Star Game starter

Ryan Suarez was a first team All-American
his senior year with the Spartans.
New York, N.Y.-----Former San Jose State University soccer star Ryan Suarez, now a defender for the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer (MLS), was named a starter for the 2002 MLS All-Star Game.

This year’s all-star game matches the MLS All-Stars against the U.S. National Team and is set for Saturday, August 3, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. ABC-TV will televise the game nationally beginning at 12:30 p.m. (PDT).

Through July 17, the former adidas First-team All-American who last played for the 2000 Spartans, had started in all 17 Dallas Burn games this season. His 1566 minutes of playing time is the most of any of the 11 starters named to the MLS All-Star team. The all-star appearance is the first for Suarez.

The second-year player was Dallas’ first-round draft pick and was the seventh overall player selected in the 2001 SuperDraft. He was the runner-up for the 2001 "Rookie of the Year" balloting.

Suarez’s selection marks the second time in two seasons that a San Jose State University soccer alum was named to the MLS All-Star Game. Last year, C.J. Brown of the Chicago Fire played in the 2001 MLS All-Star Game.