UCLA Men's Soccer Signs Three More Standouts For 2008

May 13, 2008

UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has added three more players to an already impressive freshman class, signing midfielder/forward Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, CA/Edison Academic Center), forward Prince Lapnet (Silver Spring, MD/Archbishop Carroll HS) and defender Victor Yanez (Riverside, CA/Patriot HS) to national letters of intent.

Arreola is a member of the U.S. Under-18 and Under-17 National Team and a 2007 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American. He shined with the U-17s, leading the team in scoring with eight goals this year, including a four-goal, one-assist spurt in the second half of a game with the Chicago Fire Academy team last month. Just this week, he was called up to the Under-18 team to play in the Lisbon International Tournament.

At 6-2, 180 pounds, Lapnet will give UCLA a different look as a big, strong option up top. Lapnet grew up in Paris and was a member of PSG (Paris St. Germaine) Youth Academy. He moved to the U.S. during his sophomore year in high school and scored 29 goals with 12 assists for Archbishop Carroll HS in 2007. He is a member of the Region I ODP team and has been playing with DC United's Academy team.

Yanez has represented both the U.S. and Mexico Under-17 National Teams. He was in residency with the U.S. U-17s in 2006 and also was an all-star at the adidas/ESP camp. In 2007, he was named a NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American. Yanez played club soccer with Manchester United FC.

'My assistant coaches Eddie Soto and Kenny Arena and I have been working towards signing Eder, Prince and Victor, and we're very excited to have them join our program,' said Salcedo. 'Each one of them has tremendous youth soccer experience. Eder is a dynamic attacking player who has a good feel in and around the goal. Prince Lapnet in his current form is one of the top forwards in the nation in the 2008 class. His presence on the field brings our attack a unique look. Victor Yanez has had the rare opportunity to represent both Mexico and the U.S. at the Under-17 level, and his experiences will be invaluable to our backline.'

The latest three signees will join Chris Cummings, Daren Flitcroft, Fernando Monge, Oscar Reyes, Andrew Rose, Joseph Scachetti, Christian Vazquez and Zach Zerrenner in the 2008 freshman class.

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