Cal Recruiting Class Ranked No. 20 by <i>College Soccer News</i>

July 30, 2008

BERKELEY - For the fourth straight year, the California men's soccer team's recruiting class has been ranked in the top 25 by College Soccer News. The 2008 poll has the Golden Bears' incoming freshmen ranked No. 20. The 2008 class consists of goalkeeper David Bingham, midfielder Ted Jones, defender Kyle Lunt and forward Michael Munoz.

The highest ranking in the previous three years was No. 14 in 2005. Last year, the recruiting class was ranked No. 16, and in 2006, the group of newcomers was ranked No. 24.

Maryland, one of Cal's 2008 opponents, had the highest ranked recruiting class in the nation. Two other foes this season for the Bears came in the top 10 in the poll, No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Santa Clara. Two other teams on Cal's schedule this year in the top 25 were No. 16 Creighton and No. 18 SMU.

Cal won its second straight Pac-10 title in 2007 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the Bears' seventh straight appearance in the tournament. Head coach Kevin Grimes won an unprecedented third consecutive and fourth overall Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.

In the 2008 season opener, Cal squares off against UC Riverside on Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.

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