Klaas Picked By San Jose Earthquakes In 2005 MLS Draft

Jan. 14, 2005

SEATTLE, WASH. - Washington senior midfielder C.J. Klaas was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the third round of the 2005 Major League Soccer Draft held in Baltimore, Md., Friday.

Klaas, a native of Cherry Valley, Ill., was the 32nd pick overall and joins fellow Huskies Wes Hart, Ian Russell and Craig Waibel on the Earthquakes. Hart and Waibel were 1999 Washington graduates, while Russell was a 1997 grad.

Klaas ended his collegiate career as arguably the most decorated player to come through the Washington program. Klaas was a two-time first-team NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-American, becoming the first Husky ever to earn first-team acclaim as a junior in 2003 and then repeated the feat in 2004. He was a two-time semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy (2003, 2004) and the first player in Pac-10 conference history to earn four all-conference honors.

Klaas was named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year in 2004 and was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001. Also a three-time NSCAA Far West Region selection, he started every game he played in (69) and ended his career with 10 goals, 21 assists, 41 points and had four game-winning goals. He led the Huskies to three NCAA Tournament appearances in four years during his tenure.

In addition to his outstanding collegiate career, Klaas also has playing experience on the international level. As a junior with the Huskies, he missed the NCAA Tournament to play with the U-20 U.S. National Team at the FIFA World Cup Youth Championship in xxx. As a sophomore he played with the U-20 team at the CONCACAF World Qualifying Tournament in Charleston, S.C.

Klaas was already a highly touted high school player before coming to Washington. He was a Parade Magazine first-team All-America selection, and a captain and starter on the U-16 U.S. National Team in 1998 and 1999, a squad coached by Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. He played sweeper for club team, Chicago Magic, that won a U-17 national title in 1999. Klaas was also the MVP of his Christian Life High School squad.

Klaas, the son of Craig and Jan Klaas, is engaged to marry former Washington women's soccer player Blair Ruport.

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