California Signs Eight Players for 2005 Season

Feb. 2, 2005

Berkeley - The California men's soccer team has signed eight new players for the upcoming 2005 season. The Golden Bears new additions look to bolster a Cal squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive year in 2004.

Ryan Villalpando, a San Jose, CA, native, is a gifted attacking midfielder. Villalpando has been involved extensively in the ODP program, as a member of the 2002 U-16 U.S. National Team and the Region IV ODP team in 2003 and 2004. Villalpando was also a NSCAA adidas High School All-American in 2003-04.Villalpando, a four-year member of the Leland HS varsity team, was named first team all-league in 2002, as well as receiving honors as the Mercury's Sophomore of the Year and the BVAL Sophomore of the Year. A member of the Fremont Fury Soccer Club for nine years, he was named to the Super Y League All Umbro team while winning the Y League NorCal championship and finishing in third place nationally.

Stefan Frei, at 6'3', will add depth to the goalkeeper position. Frei, a member of the U-15 Swiss National Team in 2001, more recently played for the De La Salle HS varsity team from 2002-04, which included a North Coast Section title in 2003. While playing for the U-17 Region IV ODP team in 2003, Frei was awarded the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper. In 2004-05, The Alamo, CA, native was a member of the Cal North State Cup Champion U-18 Central Marin Bandits, as well as being named an NSCAA adidas High School All-American.

Patrick Marion, a midfielder/defender from Coto de Caza, CA, is team captain of the U-18 Pateadores. He also participated in the Cal South Premier Development Program in 2004, as well as the adidas ESP camp. Marion also played for the Cal-South State ODP team from 1998-2003. This past summer, he played with the U-18 U.S. National Team. Marion, who didn't play soccer for Tesoro, was a three-year starter on the varsity basketball team, earning All-CIF first team honors and being named MVP of the PCL his junior year.

Tyler Barry, who hails from Mission Viejo, CA, will also help the Bears in the midfield and up front. A four-year starter for Tesoro HS, Barry was named All-League for the Pacific Coast League his junior and senior seasons, during which he led the team in assists (junior year) and goals (senior year). Barry also plays club soccer for the U-18 Pateadores, one of the premier club teams in the nation, along with fellow freshmen Kyle Rice, Patrick Marion and Jonathan Terrazas.

Ian Ebert, younger brother of Cal sophomore midfielder Eric Ebert, comes to the Bears from Woodbridge HS. A member of the U-18 Irvine Strikers, Ebert won the U-17 Cal-South State Cup championship, Region IV championship and was a semifinalist in the 2004 Snickers National Championships. Ebert, whose Woodbridge team won the Sea View League Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, as well as Division 2 CIF Champions in 2003, was named first team SVL in 2003 and 2004 along with being Woodbridge's team MVP in 2004.

Jonathan Terrazas, who plays for Irvine HS and the U-18 Pateodores, will provide an offensive spark up front for the Bears. Along with his high school and club commitments, Terrazas has been an active member of the Cal-South State and Region IV ODP teams over the past four years. Terrazas also participated in the Cal South Premier Development Program in 2004 with fellow Pateadores teammate Patrick Marion.

Kyle Rice will be joining the Bears from El Toro HS, were he captained the varsity soccer team during his junior and senior seasons, helping lead the team to a South Coast League championship in 2002. A first team All-SCL and SCL Offensive MVP in 2003, Rice was also awarded the Golden Boot Award for leading the league in scoring during his junior year campaign. The southern California native, who plays club soccer for the U-18 Pateadores, will play in the back for Cal.

The Bears will also get a boost from transfer midfielder Brad Yuska, coming to the Bears from Indiana University. Yuska spent the 2004 season redshirting for the National Champion Hoosiers, and will have four years of eligibility remaining. Yuska was a member of the Cal North State and Region IV ODP teams from 2000-2004. He also was a member of the U-16 U.S. National Team. He garnered California State Player of the Year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was named to the NSCAA adidas High School All-America team in 2003. The Corte Madera, CA, native was selected to the NSCAA All-Region squad in 2001 and 2002, while helping his Marin Academy HS team to the North Coast Section title in 2000 and 2001. A four-time All-Bay Counties League honoree, Yuska, won the Cal North State Cup Championship in 2004 with the U-18 Central Marin Bandits, along with future Cal teammate, Stefan Frei.

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