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Former Dons Soccer Standout Troy Dayak Honored by San Jose Earthquakes

August 11, 2011

San Francisco, Calif.--- Former USF soccer standout Troy Dayak will inducted into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame, as announced by the club Tuesday. The former Olympian and MLS All-Star will be just the third member of the Earthquakes Hall of Fame and the second Don, joining former two-time USF All-American and current Earthquakes' GM John Doyle.

Dayak spent one season in the Green and Gold before embarking upon an extensive international and professional career, starting with the US Senior National Team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. A First Team All-West Coast Conference selection in 1989, Dayak also captured the Negoesco Award, presented to the team's top newcomer.

"This is a tremendous honor for Troy," said USF head coach Erik Visser, who was an assistant coach during Dayak's time on the Hilltop. "Troy was an outstanding player for the Dons and thrived at the highest level of soccer in this country."

Dayak played in San Jose on the Clash from 1996-1998 and with the Earthquakes from 2001-2005. During his tenure with the club, he scored nine goals and notched seven assists. No scoring strike was more memorable for the player affectionately known as "The Beast" as his overtime tally against the Miami Fusion in game three of the 2001 playoffs lifted San Jose to its first MLS Cup Final berth. Dayak helped the Quakes to a pair of MLS Cup Championships in 2001 and 2003.

Additionally, Dayak ranks No. 7 all-time in minutes played (10,830) and games started (122), and No. 8 in appearances (129). He was also selected to the 2001 MLS All-Star team and was named the 2001 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

-Courtesy of San Francisco Athletics