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Top-Ranked UCLA Men's Soccer Travels To Miami For FIU Classic
By: UCLA Athletics

Sept. 6, 1999

This Week - The newly-crowned No. 1-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (2-0) will travel to Miami, FL to face Florida International (0-1-1) and Butler (0-2) in the FIU Classic. The Bruins meet host FIU on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm ET and will play Butler Sunday, Sept. 12 at 12:00 pm ET.

Bruins in the Rankings - UCLA jumped from No. 9 in the NSCAA pre-season poll to No. 1 after posting two wins this weekend. The Bruins were last ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA in its 1998 pre-season poll. UCLA last held the No. 1 spot in Soccer America's poll on Nov. 9, 1998.

About The Golden Panthers - FIU, coached by Karl Kremser, was a finalist at the 1996 NCAA Championships but failed to make the tournament in 1998 after compiling an 11-7 record. So far this season, FIU has played two overtime games, losing to Boston 2-1 and tying Rhode Island 2-2. The Golden Panthers lost 1998 leading scorer John Carroll (16 points), who suffered a severely bruised ankle in the season opener. He will be out for as long as three weeks.

About The Bulldogs - Butler began the season ranked No. 14 in the pre-season by the NSCAA but dropped its first two matches against some difficult opponents. In the Bulldogs' season opener, they lost 2-0 to Saint Louis, which is now ranked No. 2 in this week's polls. In their following game, the Bulldogs dropped a 5-2 decision to pre-season No. 3 Maryland. Seniors Ryan Foxworthy and Stephen Armstrong received red cards in the Maryland contest and must sit out the first game of the FIU Classic against Columbia.

Last Week - New UCLA head coach Todd Saldana made his official head coaching debut a successful one, guiding his Bruin squad to the Cal State Fullerton FILA Classic team title. Saldana's Bruins recorded a 6-0 win over Denver and a 2-1 victory over Syracuse. Junior defender Carlos Bocanegra earned tournament Defensive MVP honors.

Victorine Records Hat Trick in Bruins' 6-0 Win - Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine recorded his first career hat trick in the Bruins' season opener. Victorine scored three consecutive goals to lift a 1-0 Bruin lead to a 4-0 cushion. It was the first hat trick for a UCLA player since Martin Bruno recorded four goals in 1997.

Bocanegra, Victorine Named Finalists for Hermann Trophy - Victorine and junior defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma, CA/Alta Loma HS) were named Thursday as finalists for the Hermann Trophy. This is Victorine's second consecutive nomination and Bocanegra's first.

Bruins Sharing the Wealth - In just two games this season, five UCLA players have found the back of the net. Victorine leads the team with three goals. Forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr. has two, and forward Martin Bruno and midfielders Pete Vagenas and Shaun Tsakiris have one apiece.

Four Bruins Selected Pre-Season All-American - Bocanegra, Vagenas and Victorine were selected by Soccer America and College Soccer Online as pre-season first-team All-Americans. Junior goalkeeper Nick Rimando was chosen by College Soccer Online to the second-team.

U.S. National Team Experience - UCLA's 1999 roster is loaded with players who participated in international tournaments with various U.S. youth national teams during the off-season . Four Bruins (Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Rimando and Tsakiris) were part of the U.S. U-20 National Team squad that advanced to the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championships this past April in Nigeria. Tennyson also participated in the qualifying tournament for the Championships. This summer, Bocanegra, Futagaki, Steve Shak, Vagenas and Victorine earned bronze medals with the U.S. U-23 National Team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. Senior defender Ryan Lee has also seen time with the U-23 National Team as a member of the U-23 pool.

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