James Twellman Selected in Fourth Round of MLS SuperDraft

Jan. 14, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University men's soccer star James Twellman was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes with the 42nd overall pick in the fourth round of Major League Soccer's SuperDraft on Friday afternoon. Twellman joins former Cardinal soccer player Roger Levesque on the `Quakes roster for the 2005 season.

Twellman, the younger brother of former MLS scoring champion and New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, was a three-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer during his four seasons on The Farm. He was tabbed for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors following both his junior and senior seasons.

'I am very familiar with the San Jose Earthquakes organization, and am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play for such a great team,' stated Twellman following his selection. 'I know coach (Dominic) Kinnear and coach (Tim) Hanley, and can't wait to contribute to a team that I have followed for some time.'

A native of Chesterfield, Missouri, Twellman saw action in 68 matches in his four seasons on The Farm as both a forward and defender. He tallied nine career goals, and helped the Cardinal to back-to-back College Cup appearances in 2001 and 2002.

As a senior, Twellman anchored a Cardinal backline that posted five straight shutouts to begin the 2004 campaign. He scored a goal against Cal State Fullerton, and was named as the MVP of the Mi Cocina Classic at SMU in September. He started 11 straight games before having his season cut short due to injury.