SAN JOSE, CA -- With the first overall pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft the San Jose Earthquakes drafted, UC Santa Cruz standout Adam Smarte. Smarte becomes the fourth player in UC Santa Cruz history to play in the MLS, joining Steve Wondolowski (Huston Dynamo), David Frank (Huston Dynamo) and Aaron Lanes (San Jose Earthquakes, Huston Dynamo). Smarte is the first UC Santa Cruz player to be drafted.
Smarte joined the Slugs in 2003 where he made an immediate impact as a freshman. In 2004, Smarte was a starting forward for a Slugs team that finished as National Runners-Up and was instrumental in helping the Slugs to their first ever Final Four. Smarte improved on a trip to the 2004 Final Four with a dominating season, leading the Slugs in assists and earning a nomination to the NSCAA All-Region Team. Smarte's 2006 senior season was halted by a season ending hip injury. But in 2007 Smarte returned for his senior year by being named to the NSCAA All-Region Team, the Division III All-Independent Team, scored seven goals and added 4 assists.
Smarte will join the Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA for their preseason training camp.