2009 UCLA Men's Soccer Team Preview

Aug. 19, 2009

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    2009 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preview Series

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    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 10-5-6
    2008 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-1-2/1st

    Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 23/4
    Newcomers: 9

    Head Coach: Jorge Salcedo (7 years)
    Alma Mater: UCLA ‘02
    Record at UCLA: 59-29-18 (6 years)
    Assistant Coaches: Eddie Soto, Kenny Arena

    2009 TEAM PREVIEW
    The Bruins return eight starters from a team that won the Pac-10 Championship last season. In addition, the Bruins, who went 7-1-2 in Conference play, have plenty of experience with eight seniors - the most since 2003. Reigning Pac-10 Coach of the Year Jorge Salcedo has many reasons, besides eight starters returning, to be excited for the 2009 campaign. First, last season’s Pac-10 Player of the Year senior midfielder Michael Stephens returns, having led the Conference in points (23) and tied for first in assists (9) last year. Stephens, along with fellow senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa, are both on the 2009 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Next, senior goalkeeper Brain Perk, a second team All-Pac-10 selection, continued his strong play with the U-20 U.S. National Team, posting his sixth and seventh shutouts of the year in late July. Perk’s goals against average now stands at a miniscule 0.12 on the year. Finally, Salcedo welcomes the No. 3-rated incoming class by Soccer America and College Soccer News. The top newcomers, who will make an immediate impact are forward Dakota Collins, a first team RISE Magazine All-American, defender/midfielder Amobi Okugo, a member of the U-20, U-18 and U-17 U.S. National Teams, and midfielder Evan Raynr, an adidas Golden Boot winner in 2006 and U-17 U.S. National Team member. In 2009, the five-time defending Pac-10 Champions Bruins should have no problems making the NCAA Tournament for the 27th-consecutive season.

    KEY MATCHUPS
    • Sept. 4 - UCLA at Maryland, 8:00 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 16 - California at UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT
    • Oct. 23 - UCLA at California, 4:00 p.m. PT
    The Bruins kick off the 2009 campaign in the nation’s capital by facing off against defending national champion Maryland in the DC Area Classic. It will be a good test for UCLA, as the Terps boasted the second-ranked recruiting class in the off-season by both College Soccer News and Soccer America. Both matchups against California puts the winners of the past seven Conference Champions on the field. The matchup in L.A. will be the first home game in league play for the Bruins. In addition, it will be the first Conference game for the Golden Bears. UCLA captured its fifth Pac-10 crown in 2008, snapping Cal’s streak of back-to-back Conference titles.

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    BRUIN TO WATCH
    30 • Michael Stephens
    DR • Midfielder • Naperville, Ill.

    The Pac-10 Player of the Year in 200, Stephens led the Conference in points (23) and tied for first in assists (9). He became the first Pac-10 men’s soccer player ever to earn Player of the Week honors three times in the same season last year. He totaled four assists in the regular-season finale at San Diego State, tying the UCLA single-game record. Last season, he ranked second on the team in goals (7) and earned first team All-Pac-10 honors, as well as a Soccer America Collegiate MVP second team nods. He started in all 21 games last season and has played in 66 career games, starting all but three. In three years at UCLA, he has totaled 11 goals and 13 assists for 35 points. Stephens has also seen action with the U.S. National Team. In 2008, he scored the game-winner and added an assist in a 3-2 win over Honduras’ CD Victoria at the New Orleans Tournament.

     

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