UCLA Men's Soccer Adds Eight For 2008 Season
Feb. 15, 2008
UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has signed seven standout players to national letters of intent. Joining the freshman class of 2008 will be midfielder/defender Chris Cummings (Chatsworth, CA/Crespi HS), midfielder Daren Flitcroft (Great Falls, VA/Langley HS), defender Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, CA/Saddleback HS), midfielder/defender Andrew Rose (Tetbury, England/Wycliffe College), goalkeeper Joseph Scachetti (Torrance, CA/West Torrance HS), midfielder Christian Vazquez (Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS) and defender Zach Zerrenner (Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS). In addition, striker Fernando Monge (Bellevue, WA/Eastside Catholic HS) graduated from high school early to enroll at UCLA during this current Winter Quarter and will join the 2008 freshman class.
Cummings, Vazquez and Zerrenner are all members of the three-time National Champion Real SoCal club team and the Region IV ODP team. Zerrenner scored the game-winning goal in the championship game last year. He, along with high school teammate Vazquez, is amongst the top players in the Santa Barbara area. Cummings is a standout for the U.S. Under-17 National Team, a 2007 NSCAA/adidas Boys Youth All-American and 2007 adidas/ESP camp participant.
Reyes and Scachetti are club teammates from Irvine Strikers, which were finalists at the 2007 Manchester United Premier Cup and National Cup. Reyes is an All-CIF player and 2004-05 CIF Champion at Saddleback HS. Scachetti is a 2007 adidas/ESP camp participant and was the Goalkeeper MVP at the 2007 Surf Cup.
Rose and Flitcroft head west to Los Angeles from far distances. Rose brings a high level of experience to Westwood as the team captain for the Bristol City youth team, while Flitcroft has Virginia State and Region I ODP experience. Flitcroft's RFC 89 club team was the 2004 U.S. Club Soccer regional champion.
Monge scored eight goals with 11 assists to earn All-District honors last season as a junior. He played club soccer with Crossfire Premier, which won the 2004 Manchester United Premier Cup and finished eighth at the Manchester United World Tournament.
'We are very excited to have this incoming class starting in the 2008 season,' Salcedo said. 'It's a well-rounded class of players that fill some of the needs from the previous team. These players represent some of the most talented players in Southern California and throughout the country. Andrew Rose, who is from England, becomes one of our first foreign players in recent years. His experience as the captain of the Bristol City youth team will be an invaluable asset to our group. This 2008 class is one that we're very excited about, and we look forward to having them on campus in August.'
UCLA is expecting to add additional student-athletes to the incoming class before the signing period closes.