UCLA's Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 By College Soccer News

July 26, 2006

The UCLA men's soccer recruiting class of 2006 has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by College Soccer News. This is the third time in the last four years that UCLA has had the No. 1 recruiting class. The other top-ranked classes were in 2003 and 2004.

The 2006 incoming class consists of eight former All-Americans and seven former or current U.S. Youth National Team members. Amongst the National Team members are current U-20 players Tony Beltran and Chance Myers, U-18 team members Brian Perk and Michael Stephens, and former U-17 starter Kyle Nakazawa. Patrick Rickards (U-17 residency) and Ryan White (formerly on the U-16 team) also have National Team experience. All seven were also All-Americans, along with James Jaramillo. Rounding out the class are 2006 CIF Division I Offensive Player of the Year Andrew Sindherhoff, All-CIF performers Danny Suits and Trevor Hunter, and Texas standout Robert Georgiefski.

'It is nice to be bestowed the No. 1 recruiting class for the third time in the last four years,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'Players from our other top recruiting classes have gone on to have great success at both the collegiate and professional levels. I expect this year's class to follow in their footsteps as well.'

In addition, College Soccer News has ranked UCLA No. 8 in its pre-season rankings. The Bruins will face nine of the Top 30 teams, including three teams in the Top 10 during the first three weeks of the season (No. 1 Maryland, No. 6 Virginia, No. 9 New Mexico).

College Soccer News Top Recruiting Classes (Top 10)
1. UCLA
2. Indiana
3. North Carolina
4. Maryland
5. New Mexico
6. Connecticut
7. SMU
8. Virginia
9. Wake Forest
10. South Florida

College Soccer News Pre-Season Rankings
1. Maryland
2. SMU
3. North Carolina
4. Connecticut
5. Penn State
6. Virginia
7. Akron
8. UCLA
9. New Mexico
10. Creighton
11. South Florida
12. Duke
13. Indiana
14. California
15. Clemson
16. Notre Dame
17. St. John's
18. UNC-Greensboro
19. Wake Forest
20. Old Dominion
21. UC Santa Barbara
22. San Francisco
23. Cal State Northridge
24. San Diego State
25. Virginia Tech
26. Santa Clara
27. St. Louis
28. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
29. South Carolina
30. Ohio State

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