Bears Battle San Diego State
BERKELEY – The California men's soccer team is back on the road this week, playing a Pac-12 Conference clash at San Diego State on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck.
Cal has a 0-3 record (0-3 Pac-12) after playing three of the top 10 teams in the nation in No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 20, No. 7 Washington on Feb. 27 and No. 5 Oregon State on March 6. SDSU is 0-2-1 (0-2-1 Pac-12).
Click here to watch the game on the San Diego State live stream. Fans can also keep track of Saturday's game by following live stats here and by following updates on Twitter @CalMSoc.
In the Golden Bears' last game, Cal fell to the conference-leading Beavers, 4-0, in Corvallis, Oregon, on Saturday. Goalkeeper Collin Travasos earned his first career start for the Bears and made five saves.
Midfielder Fernando Andrade writes Fer Play, a Cal men's soccer blog on CalBears.com. An aspiring double major in business administration and political science, Andrade gives insight and behind the scenes details about the Bears during this unprecedented spring regular season. Click here to read Fer Play.
- This week's trip is a homecoming of sorts for several Bears who hail from the San Diego area. They include Fernando Andrade (Chula Vista), goalkeeper Chris Gustini (Rancho Santa Fe), midfielder Fernando Lara (Bonita), midfielder Juan Martinez (Coronado), forward Arman Samimi (La Jolla) and Collin Travasos (Encinitas).
- Midfielder Christian Gomez scored Cal's first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Stanford on Feb. 20 in Berkeley.
- Forward Tommy Williamson assisted on Gomez's goal.
- Cal's talented senior class includes Williamson, midfielder Francisco Perez and defender Christopher Grey, all three of whom earned 2019 All-Pac-12 honors.
- Defenders JJ Foe Nuphaus and Ian Lonergan, both juniors, were also 2019 All-Pac-12 honorees.
- Kevin Grimes is in his 21st season as head coach.
- Grimes' staff includes three Cal alumni in assistant coach Jacob Wilson (Class of 2009), goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk (1984) and volunteer assistant coach Alec Sundly (2013).
- San Diego State lost to Washington, 3-2 in overtime, on March 6 in Seattle.
- Midfielder Blake Bowen, who scored twice vs. UW, leads SDSU in goals (3) and points (6).
- Forward Tevenn Roux and midfielder Inigo Villaldea each has one assist.
- Goalkeeper Tetsuya Kadono, the younger brother of Cal alum Shinya Kadono, has a 1.54 goals-against average in three games.
- Ryan Hopkins is in his first season San Diego State's head coach.
Callender Replaces Injured Klinsmann At U.S. U-23 Camp
Drake Callender returned to the U.S. under-23 national team training camp in Mexico to replace fellow former Cal goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, who suffered a concussion in practice. The U.S. squad is convening in Guadalajara ahead of the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled to take place March 18-30 in Mexico.
In February, the USA's preliminary Olympic qualifying roster of 48 players included Callender, though the Inter Miami goalie did not make the initial cut down to 31. The U.S. will trim its list to 20 before the qualifying tournament, which will produce two representatives to compete in the Summer Olympics in Japan.
Callender, who played at Cal from 2016-19, and Klinsmann (2015-16) were briefly teammates in Berkeley. The U.S. camp includes former Cal signee Sebastian Soto, who plays for the Norwich City U-23s in England. Soto signed with Cal in 2018 but instead went pro when he joined Hannover 96, a German club.
Cal returns to Witter Rugby Field to host UCLA on Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m.