Taylor Davila Signs With L.A. Galaxy II
BERKELEY – Taylor Davila recently signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy II, a professional club that plays in the USL Championship, to give California men's soccer 14 former Golden Bears in the pro ranks. A product of Sherman Oaks, California, and of the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy, the 6-1 midfielder completed his sophomore season for the Bears in 2019.
"Taylor had a fantastic two years at Cal," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "His sophomore year, he was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and our team MVP. We knew that a player of his talent was going to be pursued by professional teams. He fully intends to get his degree from Cal soon, as Taylor is an outstanding student. He is on the right track with the L.A. Galaxy II to get to MLS very soon."
The talented Davila, now 20, earned a spot on the United Soccer Coach's All-Far West Region first team after a strong 2019 season in which he helped lead Cal to the NCAA Tournament. Davila started all 18 games, posted one assist and played the fourth-most minutes on the team with 1,648 as a sophomore. As a freshman in 2018, Davila also started all 18 games, tied for the team lead with three assists and stood second with seven points.
The erstwhile Bears in the pros include Drake Callender, the Inter Miami CF goalkeeper who teamed with Davila on the 2019 Cal squad. Additionally, former Cal goalie Jonathan Klinsmann is a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the parent club of the Galaxy II. That group of former Bears does not yet include Cal senior forward Tommy Williamson, who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft in January.
The current Bears – including freshman midfielder Evan Davila, Taylor's brother – will start their season on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Berkeley in the first of two Big Clasico games against Stanford. Saturday's game will take place at Witter Rugby Field, which is Cal's home for this season. Fans can follow the game via live stats by clicking here and by following updates on Twitter @CalMSoc.