Former Spartan All-American Suarez named to US National men's soccer team

Ryan Suarez during a
Dallas Burn match.
CHICAGO – Former Spartan All-American defender and current MLS player Ryan Suarez was one of 23 players U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has chosen in preparation for the international friendly against El Salvador on Sunday, November 17 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Suarez was a dominant fixture for the 1997-2000 Spartans and was instrumental in the team’s 20-1-1 season in 2000, the year he was named an All-American. Suarez has been playing with the Dallas Burn of the MLS for the past two seasons and was named a starter for the 2002 MLS All-Star game.

"I think since he left we anticipated a tremendous pro career and a future national team spot," said San Jose State University men’s soccer head coach Gary St. Clair. "I’m not surprised he was chosen and feel he will be a national team fixture for many years."

The United States has not faced an international opponent since the team’s historic quarterfinal finish at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in June. The team will train in the Washington, D.C. area beginning Nov. 10.

Youth is the theme in the U.S. training camp, with the average player age coming in just under 24 years old. During the 2002 World Cup, the team’s average age was 28. Eleven players will be in search of their first international cap against El Salvador, including high-scoring Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, who lit up MLS with 23 goals this year.

During the previous four-year cycle under Bruce Arena, 93 different players were given an opportunity to play with the national team, and the trend resumes again as 2006 World Cup qualifying begins in about 18 months.