Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
#2 UCLA: Bruins aim to gel quickly
by Paul Kennedy, August 22nd, 2011 5:15AM
Subscribe to College Soccer Reporter

TAGS:  college men


[TOP 5 PREVIEW] UCLA has made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, but it should advance to the 2011 Men's College Cup. The Bruins return all 11 starters -- including sophomore Kelyn Rowe, a starter for the U.S. under-20 national team -- but many face competition for playing time on what is the nation's deepest team.

"Our expectations are high," says Coach Jorge Salcedo. "We have very high team expectations and very high individual expectations. We need to be sure we become a better team than we were last year."

Former U.S. U-17 striker Victor Chavez (10 goals as a freshman) should lead the attack, but Salcedo says as many as seven players are fighting for playing time up front.

Brian Rowe started every game in goal in 2010, but Earl Edwards, one of the best keepers to come out of the U-17 national team program, could challenge for the starting job this season after red-shirting as a freshman.

Matt Wiet, who started at outside back as a sophomore after transferring from Indiana, moves into middle of the backline this season. The linchpin of the midfield will again be Englishman Andy Rose, while Eder Arreola, who played with Rowe on the U.S. under-20 national team at 2011 Concacaf qualifying, gives the Bruins an exciting option on the wing.

With such depth, the Bruins didn't need to recruit heavily in the offseason. Their big addition is Spanish transfer Victor Munoz, the 2010 MAAC Rookie of the Year at Iona.

Salcedo says the benefit of having such an experienced team is that it should gel sooner rather than later.

Bruin fans certainly hope that will be the case this season.

The NCAA's decision to move the start of the 2011 men's season up a week left programs scrambling to find opponents for the last weekend of August. Salcedo says Louisville was gracious even to invite UCLA back for a rematch of their NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match Louisville won, 5-4.

The No. 1 Cardinals and No. 2 Bruins meet Saturday at Cardinal Park.

2011 Schedule:
Aug. 27 at Louisville, 4 p.m. PT
Sept. 2 at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. PT
Sept. 4 at UC Davis, 5 p.m. PT
Sept. 9 vs. Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. PT
Sept. 11 vs. Loyola Marymount, 5 p.m. PT
Sept. 16 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m. PT
Sept. 18 at San Diego, 5 p.m. PT
Sept. 23 vs. Seattle, 5 p.m. PT
Sept. 25 vs. SMU, 1 p.m. PT
Sept. 30 vs. California *, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 2 vs. Stanford *, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 7 at Washington *, 7:30 p.m. PT
Oct. 9 at Oregon State *, 1 p.m. PT
Oct. 16 vs. San Diego State *, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 22 vs. Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 28 vs. Washington *, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 30 vs. Oregon State *, 3 p.m. PT
Nov. 4 at California *, 3:30 p.m. PT
Nov. 6 at Stanford *, 1 p.m. PT
Nov. 12 at San Diego State *, 2 p.m. PT
*Conference games.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent College Soccer Reporter
College Men: SLU takes command in Atlantic-10    
Saint Louis struggled in non-conference play, going 1-4-3, but the Billikens have been perfect since the ...
College Women: Colorado regroups for dramatic win at Cal    
Colorado stayed in the race for the Pac-12 title with a dramatic overtime win over Cal ...
Video Pick: Portland State senior goes out with golazo    
On Senior Day, Portland State senior Breanne Chilton-Eddy celebrated when she unleashed a golden goal from ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
West Virginia remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 weekly rankings. South Carolina, ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
There was no change in the top three in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 rankings ...
College Men: Stanford improves to 5-0-0 in Pac-12    
Stanford scored three times in less than 15 minutes in the second half to beat UCLA, ...
College Women: 'World-class' free kick gives Irish big win    
Notre Dame beat North Carolina for the first time ever in South Bend when a goal ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
There was no change in the top five in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 weekly ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
Unbeaten Maryland remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 rankings, while North Carolina ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
West Virginia regained the top spot in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 weekly rankings after ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives