MU Grad Charlie Lyon Signs With Seattle Sounders

Charlie Lyon is MU's career leader in shutouts (29) and goals against average (0.83).
March 18, 2015

Seattle Sounders Release

SEATTLE - Marquette University men's soccer alumnus Charlie Lyon ('14) has signed a first-team contract with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, the club announced Tuesday, March 17.

"Seattle is an amazing club and I'm excited to be a part of it," Lyon told "I'm going to do my best to help out the team in any way that I can. I haven't seen a fan base that rivals Seattle's in this country and it's an honor to play in front of them."

Lyon, who was a standout goalkeeper for the Golden Eagles the past four seasons before being drafted in the fourth round (75th overall) of January's MLS SuperDraft, was signed along with Oniel Fisher on Tuesday.

"I'm excited to add two good young players to our First Team roster," Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a press release on the team's Web site. "Charlie and Oniel have worked really hard throughout preseason training camp and they've earned it. We're excited about their futures."

Lyon joins Axel Sjoberg ('14) of Colorado and Calum Mallace ('11) of Montreal as current Marquette grads under contract for MLS clubs.

"I think that having multiple professional players come out of the program shows what is possible at Marquette," Lyon said. "It will also continue to build the program's status as one of the best in the country."

Notable Upcoming Dates:

April 18: Former MU teammates Lyon and Sjoberg go head-to-head when Colorado hosts Seattle in the first of three regular season match-ups.

July 11: Lyon makes return to hometown as Chicago hosts Seattle at Toyota Park in Brideview, Illinois.

July 25: Lyon meets former teammate and 2011 grad, Mallace, for the first time in a head-to-head match-up as Montreal hosts Seattle.

The St. Charles, Illinois native started 61-of-63 games he appeared in for Marquette. In 2014, he set a program record with eight-straight shutouts (Sept. 5-Oct. 11) spanning 804:58 minutes on the way to earning co-BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors as well as several other postseason accolades. Lyon was named a 2014 Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American, 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.

Lyon attributes his growth as a player while at Marquette as one of the main reasons he has come so far.

"My time at Marquette prepared me by teaching me to take ownership for my game," Lyon said. "I am the person that is responsible for my mindset, work ethic and performance. That is a big part of the professional game."

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

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




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