Jan. 30, 2008
BERKELEY - Former California men's soccer player Andrew Jacobson signed a professional contract today with FC Lorient, a French First Division club. Jacobson was originally drafted by DC United in the second round of the MLS Super Draft on Jan. 18.
"Andrew has been one of the best players that we have ever had at Cal," said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "The style of play in France fits him perfectly. If FC Lorient gives him a few weeks to get his form at top level speed, he may help them this season, considering his ability to play multiple positions. FC Lorient has one of the best young American players with them. We are very proud of Andrew and wish him the best at FC Lorient."
This is the second straight year a Cal player signed with a European club. Last year, Steve Purdy signed with Germany's 1860 Munich, correctly called TSV 1860 München, after being drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Jacobson was picked as an NSCAA first-team All-American and was a Soccer America second-team MVP. Also, he and Cal sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Frei were named to the NSCAA Far West All-Region first team. Jacobson, a native of Palo Alto, Calif., was named the 2007 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year last fall and garnered All-Pac-10 first-team honors. He tied for the Cal team lead in shots (44), collected 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and had 15 shots on goal. On Senior Day against UCLA on Nov. 4, Jacobson scored in his final regular-season home match. Jacobson also got Cal's first goal in the Golden Bears' 2-1 victory over UC Davis in the first round of the NCAA College Cup on Nov. 23.
The announcement on the FC Lorient team site can be found here