UCLA Men's Soccer Preview




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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 12-4-4

2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 5-1-4/1st



Starters Returning/Lost: 4/7

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 19/11

Newcomers: 10



Head Coach: Jorge Salcedo

Alma Mater: UCLA '02

Record at UCLA: 71-33-22

Assistant Coaches: Eddie Soto, Kenny Arena

 

PREVIEW

The Bruins begin their quest for a third-consecutive Pac-10 Championship ranked No. 5 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll. UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Tournament and finished last season with a 12-4-4 record. Head coach Jorge Salcedo has a young squad this season, with 20 of his 30 players being underclassmen. The Bruins return four starters and count only two seniors, goalkeepers Kevin Weiner and Trevor Hunter, on the roster. Sophomore forward Chandler Hoffman returns after a successful freshman campaign during which he tallied three goals and seven assists. Midfielder/forward Ryan Hollingshead also had a solid first year, recording four goals and one assist. Junior midfielder/defender Andy Rose, Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman, returned from a foot injury early last season to play in 15 games. Salcedo welcomes an incoming class of 10 freshmen plus Matt Wiet, a sophomore transfer from Indiana. The class has been named the top recruiting class by College Soccer News. Amongst the standouts of the freshman class are Under-17 U.S. National Team members Earl Edwards and Victor Chavez and ESPN/Rise All-Americans Reed Williams and Kelyn Rowe.


KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 5 - UCLA at Indiana, 2 p.m. ET

Sept. 24 - UCLA at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 - UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22 - Stanford at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.



UCLA travels to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers, tied at No. 20 in the NSCAA preseason rankings. The Bruins also head to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara in a rematch from the 2009 NCAA Tournament, in which UCLA won, 2-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. The Bruins split last season's series with Stanford, winning at home, 2-0, before falling in Palo Alto, 2-0.


 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#5 Andy Rose

Junior, Midfielder/Defender, Bristol, England




After a foot injury sidelined him for five weeks at the beginning of last season, Andy Rose returned to play in 15 games, starting 10. He tallied one assist. Rose was an Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection last season. As a freshman in 2008, Rose was named the team's Rookie of the Year after earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition. He was one of just four freshmen on the All-Pac-10 squads. Rose played in 20 games and made 17 starts in his first season. He scored two goals and tallied three assists for seven points.

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