C.J. Klaas Named A Soccer America Preseason All-American

Aug. 26, 2003

SEATTLE -- Washington junior midfielder C.J. Klaas has been named a Preseason All-American by Soccer America, the publication announced today.

Klaas (Cherry Valley, Ill) was one of three Pac-10 players named to the All-American team, joined by Stanford defender Chad Marshall and UCLA midfielder Adolfo Gregorio. Last year, Klaas was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an NSCAA All-Far West Region second-team pick. He was also the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and named to the Soccer America All-Freshman team in 2001.

Klaas, who has compiled two goals and nine assists in his two years at Washington, has also played for the U.S. National Team since 1997. Last year, he missed the final two weeks of the regular season to compete with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in its CONCACAF World Qualifying Tournament.

Klaas is one of eight returning starters on the Husky squad, which opens the 2003 season at the Nike Invitational hosted by the University of Portland Aug. 30, and Sept. 1.

2003 SOCCER AMERICA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Goalkeeper
William Hesmer (Wake Forest), Sr.

Defenders
Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara), Jr.
Chad Marshall (Stanford), So.
Guy Melamed (Boston College), Jr.
Chris Wingert (St. John's), Sr.

Midfielders
Ned Grabavoy (Indiana), Jr.
Adolfo Gregorio (UCLA), Sr.
Sumed Ibrahim (Maryland), Sr.
C.J. Klaas (Washington), Jr.

Forwards
Cesar Cuellar (Connecticut), Sr.
Joseph Ngwenya (Coastal Carolina), Sr.

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