Lyssand Selected by Earthquakes in Sixth Round of MLS SuperDraft

Lyssand scored 13 goals
for the Spartans last season.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Spartan midfielder Lars Lyssand was drafted by the 2001 MLS Cup Champions San Jose Earthquakes in the sixth round of the 2002 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The draft was held at the All-Star Cafe at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, February 10.

Lyssand, a midfielder from Redwood City, Calif., has been with the San Jose State men’s soccer team the last four seasons. In 2001 he had his best offensive year scoring 13 goals and 10 assists. He was the 2001 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s "Player of the Year" by a vote of MPSF head coaches

"We are all excited for Lars. He was the MVP of our league last year and he’s an exceptional player," says San Jose State men’s soccer head coach Gary St. Clair, "He will represent our school and program well. I’m looking forward to watching Lars as a pro."

Last season three players, Ryan Suarez, Isaias Bardales and Jorge Martinez, were selected in the MLS Superdraft. Suarez and Bardales were first-round selections.

"I feel like a proud father, its fun to watch the players get bigger and better," continued St. Clair. "San Jose State has shown in the last four or five years that we’re getting good student-athletes and helping to develop them into solid professionals."