January 12, 2007

Byrne Drafted by New England in Third Round of Major League Soccer Superdraft

Jan. 12, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Midfielder Bryan Byrne, a co-Captain and one of the key players on UC Santa Barbara's 2006 NCAA National Champion men's soccer team, was drafted by the New England Revolution in the third round of the 2007 Major League Soccer Superdraft, it was announced Friday.

Byrne is the eighth Gaucho drafted by MLS in the last five years. He will join his former teammate Tony Lochhead as a member of the Revolution.

Byrne, a four-year letterwinner at UCSB, played a key role in the Gauchos six-game run to the program's first-ever College Cup Title. He was selected to the All-College Cup Team following a 2-1 win over UCLA in the championship match. In addition, the speedy native of Castledermot, Ireland, was a Third Team All-Far West selection and a First Team All-Big West choice in 2006.

Byrne scored three goals and assisted on a team-leading 10 as a senior. He completed his UCSB career with 11 goals and 19 assists for 41 points. In 2005, his junior campaign, he was chosen Second Team All-Big West and Third Team All-Far West after scoring six goals and six assists to help lead the Gauchos to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Byrne played in 77 matches in his career at Santa Barbara, making 58 starts. In addition to playing a key role for the 2006 National Champs, he made 13 starts in 2004 when the Gauchos advanced to their first College Cup Championship game, a heartbreaking shootout loss to Indiana. In fact, during Byrne's four seasons, UCSB advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, had an overall record of 67-20-6 and a postseason record of 13-3.

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