Soccer Signs Two More For 2001 Season
Feb. 13, 2001
California head men's soccer coach Kevin Grimes announced today the signing of two more outstanding prep soccer players to National Letters of Intent to play at Cal beginning with the 2001 season. This brings the total to 12 soccer recruits signed to National Letters of intent to Play at Cal. They include Calen Carr, a midfielder from Berkeley, CA (The Branson School) and Noah Merl, a midfielder from Walnut Creek, CA (De La Salle HS).
Of the 10 recruits that signed last week, four are defenders, four are midfielders, along with a forward and a goalkeeper. They include Kyle Navarro, a defender from Fair Oaks, CA (Del Campo High School), Troy Roberts, a defender from Fremont, CA (Washington High School), Yohei Fukuda, a defender from Irvine, CA (University High School), Nick McNeil, a defender from La Mesa, CA (University of San Diego High School), Michael Munoz, a midfielder from Los Alamitos, CA (Los Alamitos High School), Angel Quintero, a midfielder from Whittier, CA (La Habra High School), Alex Martinez, a midfielder from Irvine, CA (Irvine High School), Garrett Terracciano, a midfielder from San Diego, CA (Torrey Pines High School), Carl Acosta, a forward from Fair Oaks, CA (Bella Vista High School) and Chris Drake, a goalkeeper from San Rafael, CA (Marin Academy).
'This has been a tremendous recruiting year for Cal Men's Soccer,' said Grimes. 'These players are the foundation for our program and some will have an opportunity to contribute immediately as freshman. The challenge for them will be how quickly they adapt to the faster and more physical college game. With this experience, they have the ability to become excellent college players.'
Both Carr and Merl compete for the DVSC Renegades of the U-19 Premier League. They were the regular season Nor-Cal Premier League Champions, as well as Premier Cup Finalists. In addition to being finalists at the Premier Cup, the Renegades finished in the semis of both the San Diego Surf Cup the North Huntington Beach Tournament.
'As players, they have the skill and creativity to fit into our style of play,' said Grimes. 'As people, they have the personality and strong character that we want in our program. It's no coincidence that these players all come from excellent club programs that have developed these traits.'