Feb. 2, 2006
UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has inked another top-notch recruiting class, signing 10 standout players to national letters of intent. Amongst the signees are six All-Americans and five U.S. Youth National Team players.
The All-Americans are U-17 players Kyle Nakazawa, Michael Stephens, and Patrick Rickards, U-18 player Chance Myers, and former U-16 player Ryan White, as well as ODP Region IV player and adidas ESP All-Star James Jaramillo. Also signing with the Bruins are local standouts Andrew Sinderhoff, Danny Suits and Trevor Hunter and Texan Robert Georgiefski.
Nakazawa, a midfielder from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., is a starter on the U.S. Under-17 National Team and has been in residency with the U-17s in Bradenton, Fla. since Sept. 2003. At the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championships, he scored two goals and had one assist to lead the U.S. to a quarterfinal appearance. Nakazawa, who was nominated for the 2005 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Award, spurned pro offers to come to UCLA. He was a Parade All-American in 2005 and a three-time NSCAA/adidas Boys Youth All-American.
Stephens, a midfielder/forward from Naperville, Ill. (Woodridge HS), has been in U-17 residency since spring of 2004 and just last month participated in the U-18 Mega-Camp. He is a 2005 NSCAA/adidas Boys Youth All-American and a 2004 Parade All-American. He was also named to the adidas ODP All-Star team after the 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP International Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. midfielder/defender Myers received NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American honors last year and has made an appearance with the U-18s. As a junior at Thousand Oaks HS, he was selected the 2005 League Offensive MVP and earned first-team All-CIF honors after helping lead his squad to its second consecutive CIF title. Myers was also selected to the 2005 adidas ESP All-Star team.
Rickards, a defender from Sacramento, Calif., was in residency with the U-17s in 2004 and earned NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America honors. In 2005, he returned to Jesuit HS, where he served as team captain and received All-Area, All-Metro and All-League honors. Rickards was captain of the San Juan Sting U-15 to U-18 teams and was named to the 2005 adidas ESP All-Star team.
White, a defender who was a member of the U.S. U-16 National Team when he was 14, hails from Eugene, Ore. (South Eugene HS) and was a NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American in 2005. He earned first-team All-State honors in 2005 after previously being on the second team in 2004 and 2003. White is a member of the ODP Region IV team.
Midfielder/defender Jaramillo comes to UCLA from Orem, Utah, where he plays for Mountain View HS. The 2005 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American was team captain of the ODP State teams in 2002 and 2003 and a member of the ODP Region IV teams since 2002. Jaramillo is an all-region and all-state performer, an ODP All-American and adidas ESP All-Star selection.
Sinderhoff, a midfielder from Mission Viejo, Calif., is a first-team all-county, all-league and All-CIF honoree at Santa Margarita HS. So far this season, he has scored 11 goals and 17 assists. A seven-year team captain for the Pateadores, he led his squad to the 2004-05 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship. Sinderhoff has been part of the ODP/PDP program the past two seasons.
Suits, a midfielder/defender from Los Alamitos, Calif., is a three-year starter at Los Alamitos HS and plays club soccer with Wolfpack Blue, with whom he has served as team captain and defensive stalwart at the past two National Cups. He has also been part of the ODP/PDP program the past two seasons.
Goalkeeper Hunter hails from Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala HS) and is a teammate of Myers and Sinderhoff on the Pateadores, which won the 2004-05 national title and the 2005 Surf Cup. At 6-4, Hunter is one of the top goalkeepers in the CSL Premier League.
Georgiefski is a forward from Cedar Park, Texas (Leander HS). A standout kicker on the school's football team, he earned second-team All-District honors. Georgiefski has local ties, having turned heads with the Pateadores at the 2005 State Cup.
"This year's recruiting class is one of the best we've had in recent history," said Salcedo. "The group is extremely well-balanced and will provide us with excellent players for the next few years. Some of them have youth international and regional team experience, and a few are the top players in Southern California, which makes us very excited to sign all of them. We lost extremely talented players last year, but I'm very confident that this group of players will fulfill those vacated roles and positions. We look forward to their arrival here on campus to incorporate them with the current players, and we look forward to our 2006 season."