Lyon Drafted by Seattle Sounders in MLS SuperDraft

Lyon (pictured) and Axel Sjoberg were each selected in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Jan. 21, 2015

Seattle Sounders Release

SEATTLE – Former Marquette University men’s soccer goalkeeper Charlie Lyon was drafted 13th in the fourth round (75th overall) by the Seattle Sounders in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

“A lot of things Charlie puts his mind to he can accomplish and he’s had a fantastic college career, which can only lead me to believe he will have a successful professional career as well,” Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said. “I am really proud of him and that Seattle has recognized his qualities as both a player and a person.”

The St. Charles, Illinois, native becomes the fourth player and first goalkeeper in MU program history to be drafted by the MLS, following former teammates Axel Sjoberg (2015) and Bryan Ciesulka (2014), and Calum Mallace (2012).

“We are extremely proud to have two players drafted in one year and it’s a real benchmark for our program,” Bennett said. “We have some big shoes to fill here obviously, but are excited about those players ready to contribute quality minutes next season.”

Lyon played 5759:10 minutes as a Golden Eagle, starting 61 of the 63 games in which he played. During his senior campaign, the goalkeeper had 55 saves and set a program record for number of shutouts (eight between Sept. 5-Oct. 11) and amount of time without allowing a goal (804:58 minutes). Lyon was named a 2014 Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American, a 2014 Capital One Academic All-American First Team selection and named the team’s Scholar Player of the Year.



In 2013, Lyon helped MU win its first-ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship to seal a berth in the NCAA Championship, where he tallied five saves in the program’s first NCAA tournament victory over Akron. The goalie ended his MU career with 227 saves, 29 shutouts, a save percentage of .811 and a 37-17-7 record.

The Golden Eagle captain holds the school’s all-time career leader record in goals against average (0.83) and shutouts (29), and is second all-time in save percentage with .811.

Lyon graduated in December 2014 with a degree in biomedical sciences.




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