Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 14, 2011

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WARSAW DRAFTED . . . Stanford's Bobby Warshaw was selected with the 17th pick of the first round by FC Dallas at the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Warshaw becomes the first Stanford player selected in the MLS Draft since James Twellman was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. Warshaw was a three-time All-Pac-10 player while at Stanford and was an NSCAA first team All-American in 2009. He was twice named to the MAC Herman Trophy Watch List, including being selected as a semifinalist in 2009. In 2009, Warshaw led Stanford to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament with wins over Saint Mary's and UC Irvine in the first two rounds. He has scored 18 goals in his career at Stanford, despite being moved to defense for his final two seasons. Warshaw will join the FC Dallas squad that advanced to the MLS Cup in 2010, losing to Colorado. FC Dallas went 12-4-14 during the regular season and enjoyed a surprising run to the final. Warshaw will join four former Stanford players currently playing in MLS. These players include Todd Dunivant of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chad Marshall of the Columbus Crew and Taylor Graham and Roger Levesque of the Sounders FC. Marshall was the last Stanford player to be selected in the first round, being taken in the 2004 first round by Columbus.

SOCCER HONOR . . . Stanford forward Christen Press won college soccer's most prestigious award, the Hermann Trophy, last week. At a ceremony at the Missouri Athletic Club, Press became the second consecutive Stanford player to win the award, following Kelley O'Hara. Stanford became the first school since North Carolina from 1991-94 to have different individuals win in consecutive years. Press led the nation in goals (26) and points (60) while helping the Cardinal reach the College Cup final and a 23-1-2 record. Her 26 goals tied the school's single-season scoring record, set last year by O'Hara. The senior leaves the program as the most prolific scorer in Stanford history, establishing the career record in goals (71), assists (41) and points (183). Press earned Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and NSCAA first-team All-America honors. She also excelled in the classroom, earning first-team Academic All-America honors and winning the Pac-10's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport. Stanford had an impressive 67-0-1 record when Press had a goal or assist during her collegiate career. She is the Cardinal's all-time scorer in NCAA Tournament play with 13 goals. This season, Press led Stanford to its second consecutive perfect conference season, sending the team to its third consecutive College Cup, earning all-tournament honors each year.

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