Men's Soccer Signs Five For 2001
March 13, 2001
UCLA men's soccer head coach Todd Saldana signed five top players during the national letter of intent signing period, including a member of the U.S. U-18 National Team.
The five signees are midfielder Mike Enfield (Ventura, CA/Ventura HS), forward Phillip Harr (Granite Bay, CA/Bradenton Academy), forward Ahmed Khalil (Anaheim Hills, CA/Canyon HS), midfielder/defender Aaron Lopez (Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS) and forward Ryan Valdez (Placentia, CA/El Dorado HS).
Headlining the class is Enfield, a starter on the U.S. U-18 National Team. Last year, he scored five goals and two assists in 18 games with the U-18s. Enfield, who also served on the U-17 National Team and the state and regional ODP teams, is a two-year All-CIF selection.
Harr, who trains at the Brandenton Academy in Florida, is a member of the California State and Regional ODP teams. In 1998, he earned NSCAA Youth All-Region honors.
Khalil, an All-CIF player, is a member of the U.S. U-18 National Team pool and earned two caps with the U-18s in 2000. The 6-3 forward is also a member of the ODP State and Regional teams.
Lopez, the 2001 CIF Division III Defensive MVP, has won two CIF championships, one in 1999 at Carpenteria HS, and another in 2001 with Santa Barbara HS. This season, he got his team to the championship game by scoring the tying goal and a penalty kick goal to upset the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. Lopez is also a member of the ODP State and Regional teams.
A first-team All-CIF selection in 2000, Valdez led his El Dorado HS team to the CIF semifinals this season. He is also a member of the California State team.
Three of the Bruins' recruits already have experience playing together. Enfield, Khalil and Lopez were teammates on the California South team that won the ODP National Championships this past weekend.
Said Saldana about next year's freshman class,'The great thing about this class is that they are filling in the holes that were vacated by our departing seniors. We've brought in a couple of forwards in Phillip and Ahmed to fill in the goal-scoring punch we lost from McKinley Tennyson. Mike Enfield has a great chance to step right into place in Shaun Tsakiris' attacking midfield position. In the three of them, we get great offensive options. Aaron and Ryan are both very versatile and can play defensive midfield or defense, which will fill the Ryan Lee/Caleb Westbay/Brian Foote voids. I expect them to all contribute next season.'