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#27 Joe Sofia
Position: Defender
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Dove Canyon, Calif.
High School: Mission Viejo HS
Club: Irvine Strikers
Experience: 4 Letters

2013 -- Honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection ... team captain ... Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year ... named UCLA Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Senior CLASS Award finalist ... earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America and All-District honors for the second year in a row ... first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection for the third straight year ... first-team NSCAA Scholar All-West Region selection ... played in 19 matches (all at center back), making 18 starts ... led the Bruins to seven shutouts on the year while scoring one goal ... scored his only goal of the season against Elon in the NCAA Second Round on Nov. 24 ... ranked as the No. 18 player to watch in the country by Top Drawer Soccer ... led the team's position players in minutes played with 1,714 ... recipient of an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship ... selected in the second round of the MLS Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes (No. 28 overall).

2012 -- Second-team All-Pac-12 selection ... Earned first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year ... Also earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America and All-District honors ... Was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for Aug. 27-Sept. 2 after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime at Virginia ... Also scored UCLA's first goal in a 4-3 win at San Diego State on Oct. 12 ... Recorded a single-season best four assists and two goals, logging assists against UC Irvine, at UCSB, at Oregon State and vs. Stanford ... Helped lead UCLA to six shutouts in 19 games ... Started all 19 games and led the team in minutes with 1,789.

2011 -- Honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection ... First-team Pac-12 All-Academic ... Earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for Oct. 25-31 after scoring the game-winning goal against Washington and leading the team to shutouts over the Huskies and Oregon State ... Selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week for Sept. 26-Oct. 2 after helping the Bruins post shutouts over Cal and Stanford ... Starter in all 24 games, recording one goal and one assist ... Defensively, helped lead UCLA to 12 shutouts, the third-highest total in school history, including a school-record tying eight in a row.

2010 -- First-team All-Rookie selection by Top Drawer Soccer ... Second-team All-Freshman pick by Goal.com ... Started in 19 of 20 games played ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Washington (Oct. 1) ... Had three assists off long throw-ins - at Cal State Northridge, the game-winner with eight seconds left in the second overtime against Dartmouth in the NCAA third round, and in the NCAA quarterfinals at Louisville that tied the score in the 81st minute ... Central defender who helped lead the Bruins to nine shutouts, the team's most since 2005.

High School/Club -- Two-time adidas ESP All-Star (2008, 2009) ... Captained the 2008 adidas ESP Championship Team and 2009 adidas ESP Finalist Team ... Recognized by ESPN Rise Magazine as one of the Top 5 Defenders attending the 2008 ESP event ... No. 20 on Top Drawer Soccer's National Top 100 Players for the 2010 class ... NSCAA/adidas Region IV All American in 2008 ... Three year participant in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program, competing with the Irvine Strikers and serving as team captain since 2006 ... Member of the Irvine Strikers U14 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship Team in 2006 ... Named to the U.S.S.F. Development Academy Starting XI - Southern California Conference in 2008 ... Traveled and played with UCLA teammates Kelyn Rowe and Patrick Matchett on the 2009 U.S.F.C. Super Elite Discover Europe Showcase Team ... Played his freshman year at Mission Viejo HS and earned all-league honors ... Recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award.

Personal -- Describes his biggest athletic thrills as playing alongside Zinedine Zidane in the 2009 adidas ESP All Star game and achieving his long-time dream of competing for UCLA ... Graduated from Mission Viejo HS in the Top 3% of his class ... Hobbies are fishing, body boarding, and going to the beach ... Parents: Joseph and Pamela ... Has a younger brother, Evan ... Mother Pamela is a UCLA graduate, and cousin Brian Brown was a member of two NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship squads for UCLA in 1999 and 2000 ... Full name is Joseph Anthony Sofia Jr. ... Born October 8, 1991 in Mission Viejo, CA ... Communications major.

Career Statistics

Yr GP GS Sh Gl A Pts
2010 20 19 7 1 3 5
2011 24 24 4 1 1 3
2012 19 19 6 2 4 8
2013 19 18 3 1 0 2
Totals 82 80 20 5 8 18
‹ UCLA Men's Soccer



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