C.J. Klaas Earns NSCAA First-Team All-America Acclaim
Dec. 17, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington junior midfielder C.J. Klaas was named to the NSCAA/adidas 2003 Division I All-America First-Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced. Klaas becomes the seventh Husky to earn NSCAA All-America honors and the first in the program's history to earn first-team accolades.
In addition to his NSCAA honor, Klaas was named a second-team All-American by College Soccer News while defender Ty Harden was named to the College Soccer News First-Team All-Freshman squad.
Klaas (Cherry Valley, Ill.) also was an NSCAA All-Far West Region first-team and first-team All-Pac-10 selection this year, in addition for being a semifinalist for the prestigious Hermann Trophy Award. Klaas led the Huskies in assists for the second consecutive season, while adding three goals, two of which were gamewinners. He was named the offensive MVP at the Portland Invitational and earned tournament MVP honors at the Marquette Invitational.
Klaas was forced to miss this year's postseason trip due to his commitment to the Under-20 National Team that competed in the 2003 World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
Harden (Junction City, Ore.) started all 20 games in the Husky backline, and scored two goals in his first collegiate season. Harden led Washington's defense that tallied seven shutouts and allowed 18 goals to its own 33. Harden was also a second-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Washington finished the 2003 season with an overall record of 13-5-2 and a Pac-10 record of 5-4-1. The Huskies made their eighth postseason appearance in the last nine seasons and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.