Klaas, Harden Earn NSCAA All-Far West Region Honors

Dec. 10, 2004

SEATTLE, WASH. - Washington senior midfielder C.J. Klaas earned first-team honors, while sophomore defender Ty Harden was a third-team pick on the 2004 NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association) All-Far West Region team, announced last week. Klaas was also one of 66 college seniors selected to participate in the 2005 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Jan 8-11.

Klaas, this year's Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, earned his third-straight All-Far West Region honor and second-straight first-team nod. The only other Husky to earn two All-Region selections was Wes Hart in 1998 and 1999. This year also saw Klaas become the first four-time All-Pac-10 men's soccer player in conference history.

NSCAA All-America honors, for which Klaas will be a candidate, will be announced this weekend in conjunction with the 2004 Men's College Cup.

Harden's third-team All-Region selection is the first of his career. The Junction City, Ore., native also earned an All-Pac-10 second-team selection. The last time UW had two players on the All-Far West Region team was in 2001 (Bryn Ritche, first-team; Ben Somoza, second-team).

Klaas will head to Southern California for the MLS Combine in early January, where MLS general managers and members of all 12 MLS coaching staffs will be in attendance to scout talent for the 2005 draft, held Friday, Jan. 14, in Baltimore, Md.

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