UCLA Men's Soccer Announces Blockbuster Recruiting Class
Feb. 17, 2010
UCLA men's soccer head coach Jorge Salcedo and his coaching staff have signed yet another outstanding recruiting class to national letters-of-intent. Joining the Bruins for the 2010 season will be Victor Chavez, Earl Edwards, Zack Foxhoven, Reid Hukari, Patrick Matchett, Bradley McIntosh, Kelyn Rowe, Joseph Sofia Jr., Andrew Tusaazemajja and Reed Williams. Also joining the team is transfer student Kyle Bethel, who played at Duke during the 2008 season.
Bethel played 11 games with nine starts at Duke in 2008 as a freshman and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team after ranking third on the Duke squad with 10 points (4g, 2a). A forward/midfielder from Howell, NJ, Bethel was a two-time all-state, all-region and all-district selection and a four-time Howell HS team MVP. Despite missing the first half of his senior season with an injury, he finished the year with 18 goals and 18 assists. Bethel enrolled at UCLA last month for the Winter Quarter.
Chavez, a forward from Fontana, CA, was a member of the 2009 U.S. U-17 World Cup team and a member of the 2009 Macae Cup championship squad. He recently played with the U-20 National Team at the Chivas Tournament in Mexico. Ranked No. 61 in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 list, he has played club soccer with the successful Real So Cal club team, leading his team to the 2007 League Cup Championship, the 2008 Region IV Championship and National finals. This past season, he scored 14 goals for Real So Cal and was named to the U16 West Conference Starting XI and the U16 U.S. Soccer Academy Starting XI.
Edwards is rated by Top Drawer Soccer as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, giving UCLA its second No. 1 recruit in as many years (Amobi Okugo in 2009). A goalkeeper from San Diego, CA, Edwards is a current member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team, playing recently at the Chivas Tournament in Mexico. He was also the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. at the U-17 World Cup in 2009, leading the U.S. to the Round of 16. He has been with the Youth National team program for many years, playing with the U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-20 squads. Edwards had 10 saves in the U-17's first-ever victory over Brazil in the 2007 Nike Friendlies. He was the NSCAA National Youth Player of the Year in 2008 and is a two-time NSCAA All-American and a 2009 Parade All-American. Edwards will be enrolling at UCLA this spring.
Foxhoven is a forward from Littleton, CO who ranks No. 13 in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 List. A member of the U.S. Youth National Team program since 2005, Foxhoven is currently in the pool for the U-20 and U-18 National Teams. He is also a 2009 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American and a 2008 adidas ESP all-star. In 2007, he was named to the adidas All-Star team at the U.S. Youth Soccer Inter-Regionals. Playing with the Colorado Rush, he scored 26 goals in 25 games in 2008-09 and was named to the U18 Central Conference Starting XI as well as to the U16 U.S. Soccer Academy Starting XI.
Hukari, a 6-6 midfielder/defender hails from Wheat Ridge, CO, where he was a two-time first-team all-state player and the Wheat Ridge HS record-holder for career goals (50), career assists (36) and single-season goals (22 in 2008). Hukari plays club soccer for the Colorado Rush, and was a 2008 and 2009 adidas ESP participant. He was also the 2006 ODP team captain and the 2007 U16 Academy team captain.Matchett, a defender from Laguna Niguel, CA, is a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team pool and was a NSCAA/adidas Region IV honoree in 2008. He plays club soccer for Irvine Strikers, which won the 2006 U.S. Club Soccer National Championships. Ranked No. 22 in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 recruit list, Matchett is one of three 2010 UCLA signees who was part of the 2009 U.S.F.C. Super Elite Discover Europe Showcase Team, along with Rowe and Sofia.
McIntosh, a midfielder from Redmond, WA, was captain of the Crossfire Premier U.S. Soccer Development Team from 2007-2010. He also captained Crossfire State Championship teams from 2003-05 and 2007. McIntosh participated in Region IV and Washington State ODP teams from 2005-07. He was also a Super Y League National Camp invitee from 2005-08 and played on the Super Y League ODP team that toured Germany in 2007. McIntosh helped lead his Crossfire Premier Team to the semifinals of the Nike Manchester United Premier Cup U.S. finals in 2007. McIntosh is expected to graduate from Eastlake HS a year early to attend UCLA in the Spring quarter.
Rowe hails from Federal Way, WA and is club teammates with McIntosh at Crossfire Premier. During his freshman season at Federal Way HS, he was first-team all-league and all-city and second-team all-state after scoring 15 goals with 15 assists and leading his team to the state championship game. With Crossfire Premier, he scored 13 goals in 2008-09 and was named to the U16 West Conference Starting XI in 2007-08. Rowe, who is ranked the No. 5 player on Top Drawer Soccer's recruit list, is a U.S. Under-18 National Team member and a 2008 & 2009 NSCAA All-American. He was also a four-time all-league football player as a kicker.
Sofia is a defender from Dove Canyon, CA who has been the team captain for the Irvine Strikers since 2006. He was named to the U.S.S.F. Development Academy Starting XI for the Southern California Conference in 2008 and was a member of the Irvine Strikers' U14 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship team in 2005. A 2008 NSCAA/adidas Region IV All-American, Sofia ranks as the No. 20 player on Top Drawer Soccer's 2010 class. He is a two-time adidas ESP All-Star and captained the 2008 championship team and the 2009 finalist team.
Tusaazemajja is a forward from Panorama City, CA who led Fulton College Prep to league titles in 2009 and 2010. He set a school record in 2007-08 with 55 points (20 goals, 15 assists) and set a league record this season with 17 assists thus far. Playing for Real So Cal, he was named the Surf Cup MVP in 2009 and led his team to the 2008 Regional Championship and to the 2008 National semifinals. Tusaazemajja has been on the Socal State ODP team since 2007 and was part of the Region IV teams in 2007 and 2008.
Williams hails from Newport Beach, CA and played four years of varsity soccer at Corona Del Mar HS. So far this season, Williams is the leading goal scorer in Orange County, having scored 24 goals with four assists in 14 games. Last year, he recorded 17 goals and five assists en route to earning All-CIF honors and being named the Pacific Coast League Offensive MVP. His club teams have advanced to the Region IV semifinals twice and to the Surf Cup finals once.
Six of the signees are rated by Top Drawer Soccer as Top 100 Players to Watch for 2010 - No. 1 Edwards, No. 5 Rowe, No. 13 Foxhoven, No. 20 Sofia, No. 22 Matchett and No. 61 Chavez.
'We are obviously very excited to sign this class,' said Salcedo. 'The potential of the group is exceptional, and it's one of the top classes we have signed in the last several years. The athleticism, the technical ability, and, more importantly, the motivation to succeed is the best way to describe this crew. We look forward to incorporating them during this upcoming fall season.'
UCLA 2010 Signees:
Victor Chavez, Forward (Fontana, CA/A.B. Miller HS/Real So Cal)
Earl Edwards, Goalkeeper (San Diego, CA/Bradenton Prep Academy/Nomads Soccer Academy)
Zack Foxhoven, Forward (Littleton, CO/Wheat Ridge HS/Colorado Rush)
Reid Hukari, Midfielder/Defender (Wheat Ridge, CO/Wheat Ridge HS/Colorado Rush)
Patrick Matchett, Defender (Laguna Niguel, CA/Dana Hills HS/Irvine Strikers)
Bradley McIntosh, Midfielder (Redmond, WA/Eastlake HS/Crossfire Premier)
Kelyn Rowe, Midfielder (Federal Way, WA/Federal Way HS/Crossfire Premier)
Joseph Sofia, Defender (Dove Canyon, CA/Mission Viejo HS/Irvine Strikers)
Andrew Tusaazemajja, Forward (Panorama City, CA/Fulton College Prep/Real So Cal)
Reed Williams, Forward (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar HS/Slammers FC)
Transfer: Kyle Bethel, Forward/Midfielder (Howell, NJ/Howell HS/Matchfit Academy)
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