No. 3 UCLA Battles Cal State Fullerton At The Home Depot Center

Sept. 8, 2003

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UCLA, Cal State Fullerton Christen The HDC For First Collegiate Game - The defending NCAA champion UCLA men's soccer team (3-1-0, ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA/adidas and No. 2 by Soccer America) will play host to Cal State Fullerton (2-2-0) in the first collegiate soccer game ever played at The Home Depot Center in Carson. The two teams will christen the field to the college game on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3:00 pm.

Ticket Information - Tickets to the game are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under). Ticketholders from Saturday's LA Galaxy game vs. Chicago will receive $2 off by showing their ticket stub. In addition, public safety officers and law enforcement personnel can receive four complimentary admissions when they present their badge or ID at a designated box office. Sunday is also the first of three Youth Soccer Days, which invites AYSO and club soccer teams to enjoy UCLA Soccer for free. For more information contact Ryan Beckwith at 310/206-7916 or rbeckwith@athletics.ucla.edu. The RSVP deadline for this Sunday's game is Wednesday, Sept. 10.

About The Home Depot Center - The Home Depot Center, located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills is the new home of the MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the best in amateur, professional and Olympic sports training and competition and outdoor concerts. The complex, developed by AEG at a cost of $150 million - the largest ever private investment in amateur athletics - has been designated an official U.S. Olympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee. The Home Depot Center includes a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer and concerts, a 13,000-seat tennis stadium, a 20,000-seat track & facility, The ADT Event Center (a 2,500-seat indoor velodrome currently under construction) and other facilities for softball, baseball and action sports among others. The U.S. Soccer Federation, USA Track & Field, USA Cycling, AVP and the USTA have all chosen to base national training programs at The Home Depot Center which will host the finals of the 2003 Women's World Cup on October 12.

UCLA To Host 2004 NCAA College Cup At The Home Depot Center - Sunday's game marks the first for UCLA in cooperation with The Home Depot Center and AEG. UCLA will play host to the NCAA College Cup at The Home Depot Center on Dec. 10 and 12, 2004.

Former Bruin Stars Anticipated To Be In Attendance Sunday - Former UCLA players from the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire are anticipated to be in attendance for Sunday's UCLA-Cal State Fullerton game. The two MLS teams will face each other at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm in a game that will pit five UCLA Galaxy players (Kevin Hartman, Cobi Jones, Scot Thompson, Pete Vagenas and Sasha Victorine) against three UCLA Fire players (Carlos Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki and Ante Razov). Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid is a former UCLA player and coach; he coached the Bruins to NCAA Championships in 1985, 1990 and 1997. In all, UCLA has 16 former athletes on MLS teams, a league-high.

Bruins, Titans House Top Homegrown Talent - The best of Southern California youth and prep soccer can be found within the UCLA and Cal State Fullerton teams. The Bruins have 22 Southern California players on their 28-man roster, while the Titans have 14 players who prepped in Southern California on their 25-man squad. In fact, UCLA has just one player not from California - Beaverton, Oregon native Chad Barrett. Among UCLA's top former Southern California prep talent are 2003 NSCAA/adidas California Player of the Year Taylor Canel, 2002 CIF Division I Offensive Player of the Year Kiel McClung, 2002 Gatorade National Player of the Year Jordan Harvey, 2001 CIF Division III Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Lopez and 2000 CIF Division I Offensive Player of the Year Cliff McKinley.

Scouting The Titans - Cal State Fullerton started the season strong, going 2-0 on opening weekend and claiming the No. 18 national ranking but fell last weekend in No. 6 Stanford (1-0 in double overtime) and California (3-1). Junior forward Ignacio Cid leads the Titans with three goals. Fullerton plays San Diego on Thursday prior to facing the Bruins.

The Series With Fullerton - UCLA leads the overall series with Cal State Fullerton, 26-7-2 and has won the last two consecutive games. The Bruins took last year's contest at Titan Stadium by a score of 3-1. Forward Matt Taylor had the decisive goal off an assist from Cliff McKinley.

UCLA Splits At Maryland Classic - The Bruins earned a split at last weekend's Maryland/adidas Classic, falling to No. 2 Maryland, 1-0, on a second-half penalty kick in front of over 6,100 fans, and blowing out Virginia, 4-0. Midfielder Mike Enfield, defender Leonard Griffin and defensive midfielder Aaron Lopez made the All-Tournament team.

Enfield, McClung Net First Collegiate Goals - Junior midfielder Mike Enfield and freshman Kiel McClung scored their first goals as collegians within a one-minute time-span in the 4-0 win over Virginia. Enfield, who also had two assists in the game, scored his first career goal at 85:16 off assists from Phillip Harr and McClung. Enfield returned the favor to McClung at 85:50, assisting on McClung's first goal.

Gregorio, Lopez Named To M.A.C. Hermann Watch List - Senior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio and junior defender/midfielder Aaron Lopez have been selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy 'Watch List' of players considered among the top candidates for the 2003 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann trophy. Gregorio is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a Soccer America pre-season All-American. Last season he scored nine goals with six assists. This season he ranks third on the team in scoring with five points in three games played. Lopez was UCLA's Team MVP in 2002 and the Offensive MVP of the 2002 College Cup after scoring the game-winning goal with 1:02 remaining in the title match. Lopez was recently named to the All-Tournament team at the Maryland/adidas Classic.

Wells Starting 2003 Strong - Senior goalkeeper Zach Wells is off to a strong start in 2003, having earned two shutouts in UCLA's first four games and allowing just two goals for a goals against average of 0.52. Wells had eight saves in the Virginia contest and has 17 on the season. He has moved into third on UCLA's career saves list with 210 and has a good chance of passing all-time leader Anton Nistl, who totaled 261 saves from 1986-89. Wells is also nearing the Top 5 in career shutouts with 18 (No. 5 David Vanole had 22) and career victories with 31 (Nick Rimando and Steve Burnside are tied for fifth with 39).

Barrett Contributing To Bulk Of UCLA's Scoring - Freshman Chad Barrett leads UCLA with eight points off two goals and four assists. The forward from Beaverton, OR has contributed on 60% of UCLA's goal-scoring this year, having a hand in six of the Bruins' 10 goals. Barrett, whose first game was a one-goal, three-assist affair, has scored a goal or assist in three of UCLA's four games.

Head Coach Tom Fitzgerald - NSCAA National Coach of the Year Tom Fitzgerald enters his second year as UCLA head coach. Fitzgerald has established lofty standards for himself at UCLA, becoming the first NCAA Division I coach to win an undisputed national championship in his first year with the program. He also became just the third coach to win NCAA titles in both Division I and Division II. Fitzgerald coached the University of Tampa to the NCAA Division II title in 1994 and was the head coach for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew from 1996-2001.

Looking Ahead - The Bruins return to the UCLA campus on Sunday, Sept. 21 when they take on Portland on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium at 1:00 pm.

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