Enfield, Lopez Shine At adidas MLS Player Combine
Jan. 11, 2005
UCLA seniors Mike Enfield (Ventura, CA) and Aaron Lopez (Santa Barbara, CA) displayed their soccer skills for Major League Soccer (MLS) coaches and general managers at the recently-completed adidas MLS player combine at The Home Depot Center. Both players made big impressions as the league prepares for Friday's MLS SuperDraft.
Enfield scored a goal and had two assists in three games for adidas Premio, which was coached by Bruin head coach Jorge Salcedo. On the first day of the combine, Enfield assisted on his team's first goal, and they went on to 2-1. He also scored the game-winner and had another assist in day two as adidas Premio won 3-1. Lopez also played well for adidas Premio both in the back and as a defensive midfielder. Salcedo's crew finished the combine with a 2-1 record.
Enfield, a midfielder/forward, led the Pac-10 in 2004 in scoring with 13 goals and 30 points. He earned first-team All-America honors from the NSCAA, as well as first-team honors by the Pac-10 Conference. Enfield was twice honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week and was also the College Soccer News National Player of the Week after scoring two goals and an assist to beat eighth-ranked Cal 3-0 and scoring a goal in the 2-0 win at 10th-ranked Stanford. A week later against Cal, Enfield scored the tying goal on a bicycle kick with 22 seconds left in regulation that helped UCLA come all the way back from a 3-1 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play.
Lopez, a defender/midfielder, was a two-time (2003-04) M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist and earned first-team NSCAA All-Far West and All-Pac-10 honors in 2004. He scored two goals last season, including the overtime game-winner against Cal. Lopez led UCLA's defense to a team goals against average of 0.82 and eight shutouts. Under his watch, the Bruin defense made the goalkeepers' jobs easy, allowing an average of just 7.3 shots and 3.65 shots on goal per game. Opposing teams were limited to single-digit shot totals 11 out of 20 times, including a one-shot Bruin defensive shutdown against Stanford. As a sophomore in 2002, Lopez was the Offensive MVP of the College Cup after scoring the game-winning goal with 1:02 on the clock in the NCAA Championship game. Also that year, Lopez was voted by his teammates as Team MVP, a year after being voted its Rookie of the Year.
The 2005 SuperDraft will be held on Friday, Jan. 14 at the Baltimore Convention Center beginning at Noon Eastern Time. The first hour of the draft will be televised live on Fox Sports World.
UCLA has had the most players in MLS since the league's inception in 1997 and had a league-high 18 former players on opening day rosters in 2004. A total of 38 Bruins have been on MLS teams, and UCLA has had the No. 1 draft choice twice (1997- Tahj Jakins and 2000 - Steve Shak). Last year, five Bruins were selected in the first three rounds - Matt Taylor (1st round, No. 4 overall by Kansas City), Leonard Griffin (2nd round, 11th overall by Chicago), Adolfo Gregorio (2nd round, 15th overall by Colorado), Zach Wells (3rd round, 21st overall), Ty Maurin (3rd round, 29th overall by Dallas).