Jan. 18, 2008
BERKELEY - Former California men's soccer players Andrew Jacobson and Luke Sassano were selected in the 2008 MLS Super Draft conducted Friday in Baltimore, Md. DC United drafted Jacobson with the 24th overall pick in the second round, which was also the club's first pick of the draft. Sassano was picked by the New York Red Bulls in the third round, the 32nd selection overall. Jacobson and Sassano concluded their collegiate careers last fall, when they helped the Golden Bears win their second straight Pac-10 title and reach the second round of the NCAA College Cup.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for two outstanding players," said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "Andrew and Luke have made a huge impact with our program both on and off the field. This is a great tribute to our program and it is due to the success that we have had. Our administration, alumni and current Cal players should all be very proud."
This marks the fourth straight year in which MLS teams drafted Cal players, a span that encompasses Cal head coach Kevin Grimes' first four recruiting classes and 11 former Bears. The nine other Bears are Eric Ebert (Houston Dynamo, SuperDraft), Nick Hatzke (Houston Dynamo, Supplemental Draft), Steve Purdy (Los Angeles Galaxy, Supplemental Draft), who were drafted in 2007, Calen Carr (Chicago Fire, SuperDraft), Tyson Wahl (Kansas City, SuperDraft) and Eric Kronberg (Kansas City, SuperDraft), who were drafted in 2006, and Troy Roberts (Los Angeles, SuperDraft), Mike Munoz (Chivas USA, Supplemental Draft) and Noah Merl (San Jose Earthquakes, Supplemental Draft) who were drafted in 2005.
Jacobson was picked as an NSCAA first-team All-American and was a Soccer America second-team MVP. Also, he and 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 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year earlier this year 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.
Sassano ended the 2007 season on a high note, notching seven points (1 goal, 5 assists). Against UCLA on Senior Day on Nov. 4, Sassano had one assist and scored the game-winning goal. He also recorded two assists in the NCAA first-round match against UC Davis. He earned Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention honors. His breakout campaign was his sophomore season in 2005. That year, he recorded an assist on the late game-tying goal in Cal's eventual victory over Wake Forest in the NCAA Sweet 16. He notched two goals in 2005, and his team-high eight assists were second best in the conference. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in 2006 and 2005.