Aug. 29, 2005
This Week -- The No. 9 (NSCAA)/2 (Soccer America) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (14-4-2 in 2004) officially kicks off the 2005 season with a pair of non-conference games against Top 15 opponents. First up is No. 13/21 Santa Clara (15-6 in 2004) on Friday, Sept. 2 at the Cal State Fullerton diadora Classic. The game will take place at Titan Stadium in Fullerton at 5 pm. The Bruins will then host No. 2/4 Maryland (17-6-2 in 2004) on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. UCLA's home opener will kick off at 2 pm.
Listen To The Bruins Live -- Sunday's game and all UCLA soccer home games and local playoff games will be broadcast live on the internet through uclabruins.com, under audio/video. You must sign up for the UCLA All-Access Pass, which can be purchased either by the month ($6.95) or for the entire athletic year ($59.95). There are special discounts if you purchase early or for the year by September 3, 2005. UCLA will broadcast over 125 live Olympic Sport events over the Internet. Danny Lee and former Bruin soccer player Tayt Ianni will call the action on Sunday.
Youth Soccer Day -- Southern California AYSO soccer players are invited to attend Sunday's match against Maryland free of charge. All members of AYSO U14 teams and younger will be admitted via complimentary admission to this match by wearing an AYSO jersey. For U16 teams and older, a registration form must be filled out to receive complimentary admission. The registration form can be filled out online at uclabruins.com.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA is ranked in the Top 10 in three pre-season polls. Soccer America ranks the Bruins the highest, at No. 2. UCLA is also ranked No. 9 by the NSCAA and No. 4 by College Soccer News.
Ianni, Wynne Up For M.A.C. Hermann Trophy -- Junior midfielder/defender Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne have been named to the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Bruin duo were starters on the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Their defense helped the U.S. shut out all three of its opponents in group play. Wynne also had an assist on the game-winning goal against Argentina. Both players were regular starters for UCLA in 2004 and played in all 20 games. Ianni was the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. Wynne had two assists in 2004 and had an assist on the tying goal in the Bruins' 2005 exhibition game against Indiana that finished in a 1-1 tie.
Scouting The Opponents -- Both Santa Clara and Maryland were College Cup participants in 2003, with Maryland having been to three-straight College Cups. Santa Clara is ranked No. 13 (Soccer America) and 21 (NSCAA) in the pre-season polls. The Broncos are led by junior midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy, who is on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Ballouchy led the Broncos in scoring last season with 15 points (3g, 9a). Maryland also has a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidate in senior forward Jason Garey, who was a semifinalist for the award a year ago and set a school record with 53 points (22g, 9a). Eleven newcomers, including two Parade All-Americans, join a Terrapin squad that lost four starters from a year ago.
2005 UCLA Outlook -- The Bruins were hit with some big losses in the off-season with the graduation of senior starters Mike Enfield and Aaron Lopez and the early departures of Chad Barrett (MLS) and Benny Feilhaber (Germany). Fortunately for the Bruins, the depth they have been hoarding at each position the last few years should pay off this season. UCLA possesses perhaps the most talent in the nation from top to bottom. The Bruins return the most depth at defense, with returning starters Jordan Harvey, Brandon Owens and Marvell Wynne., all of whom have played with the U.S. Under-20 National Team. Junior Patrick Ianni leads an experienced midfield, along with seniors Ryan Valdez and Jonathan Bornstein. Sophomore Kamani Hill has seen the most action out of the returning forwards, having played all 20 games a year ago, with 12 starts. He had nine points a year ago off two goals and five assists. Classmate Richard Flores scored three goals in 14 games in 2004. Freshmen Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo, both Parade All-Americans and U.S. Under-18 National Team members, could also challenge for starting roles at the forward or midfield positions. Two very strong goalkeepers - Nate Pena and Eric Reed - will vie for the starting job once again. Pena was the 2005 PDL Goalkeeper of the Year, while Reed was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection a year ago.
European Vacations -- Five Bruins spent parts of the summer in Europe with the U.S. Youth National Teams. Junior Patrick Ianni and sophomore Marvell Wynne played with the Under-20s in Holland for the World Youth Championships. Sophomore Greg Folk and freshmen Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo played with the Under-18s at the Lisbon Tournament in Portugal and won the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- Former UCLA All-American Jorge Salcedo begins his second season as head coach of the Bruins. In his first year, he was selected the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year and led UCLA to its third consecutive Pac-10 title. The Bruins went 14-4-2 in his first season. Salcedo was the Bruins' assistant coach from 2001-03 and helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 titles. As a player, he was a four-year starter at UCLA and scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game as a freshman.