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Marquette Soccer's Charlie Lyon Drafted By Seattle Sounders In the 2015 MLS SuperDraft


Charlie Lyon, mid-fist pump to celebrate denying UWM's Laurie Bell a penalty kick goal.
Charlie Lyon, mid-fist pump to celebrate denying UWM's Laurie Bell a penalty kick goal.
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With the 13th pick of the 4th round of the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the Seattle Sounders selected Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon.

Lyon joins teammate Axel Sjoberg on the list of new MLS draftees, as the Swedish center back was drafted by Colorado in the first round.  The selection makes Lyon the fourth Marquette player ever selected in the SuperDraft, following Sjoberg, Bryan Ciesiulka, and Calum Mallace, all of whom were teammates with Lyon during their tenures at Marquette.

Lyon broke the Marquette record for career shutouts during the 2014 campaign, which included a streak of eight consecutive shutouts by the Golden Eagles.  The shutout streak was also a school record, both for number of complete games and minutes without allowing a goal.  Lyon wrapped up his collegiate career with the best goals-against average in program history (0.83) and the second best save percentage (81.1%), not to mention a 2013 Co-Goalkeeper of the Year award from the Big East.

I'm not sure what Lyon's chances of making the Sounders' roster is at this point.  According to Matt Trebby, the unofficial soccer resource of Anonymous Eagle, Seattle seems quite set at keeper with Stefan Frei right now.  On top of that, Seattle selected a keeper earlier in the SuperDraft, but that guy, Tyler Miller from Northwestern, is signing to play over in Germany.  There are, of course, lower level teams with connections to the Sounders that Lyon could end up with, so we'll have to wait and see.

You can visit our SB Nation friends, Sounder At Heart, to follow up to see if Lyon cracks the Seattle roster to start the season.