11 Questions With Eder Arreola

Nov. 18, 2008

Get to know UCLA freshman midfielder Eder Arreola in this week's 11 Questions. Arreola has played in 19 games for the Bruins this season, making five starts. He ranks third on the team with six assists, including five in his last three games, and has scored eight points on the year. Arreola has been a member of the U.S. Under-20, Under-18 and Under-17 National Teams and led the U-17s in scoring in 2008 with eight goals.

1. Why did you decide to come to UCLA?
The history of this soccer program has been a great success. UCLA offers a very good education, it's close to home, and it was my number one school to go to.

2. You just scored your first collegiate goal last weekend. What was going through your mind during that moment?
It was the greatest feeling ever. I have been waiting all season long for this moment, and luckily it was in our last game of the regular season going into the tournament. I'm hoping for more goals to come along the way. This definitely has increased my confidence by a lot, and I'm hoping to score more goals and help the team win.

3. You've really stepped up your game lately, totaling five assists in your last three games. To what do you attribute this recent success?
I honestly think these talks I have had with the coaches and my dad trying to get my confidence level up has been a huge part of this success because that was one thing that was stopping me from performing at my best of my ability - lack of confidence. But now it seems like I am doing much better and hoping to get better each day on the field.

4. Is there any special meaning to your uniform number?
Number 7 was actually the first number I wore on my first soccer team I played for back when I was 5 years old.

5. You just turned 17 last week and are likely one of the youngest, if not THE youngest, athlete on campus. What is the best thing about being the youngest and the worst thing about being the youngest?
The best thing is that most of the guys on the team look out for me. The worst thing I would have to say is all the 'Baby Bruin' jokes that come my way.

6. Which member of the UCLA soccer team would you like to trade places with for a day and why?
Brad Rusin because I want to experience what it feels like to be big, tall, and to walk with hair sticking six feet up in the air.

7. List three words that best describe you.
Quiet, humble, and hard-working

8. What was your most memorable moment on the soccer field?
The most memorable moment on the field for me was scoring my first goal wearing the U.S. national team colors. Scoring a goal for your country is always the best thing that can ever happen to someone.

9. What do you like to do when you're not playing soccer?
I like hanging out with family and friends, but I also keep training on my own to keep my fitness level up.

10. What is the best thing about being a Bruin?
There have been so many professional athletes who have been Bruins, and now I can say I am a Bruin too.

11. Name your all-time UCLA starting XI.
Goalkeeper: Brian Perk
Defenders (right to left): Fernando De Alba, Brad Rusin, Andy Rose, Oscar Reyes
Midfielders (right to left): Christian Vazquez, Michael Stephens, Jason Leopoldo
Forwards (right to left): Prince Lapnet, Maxwell Griffin, Fernando Monge
(I would put Daren Flitcroft in when he recovers from his injury)

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