Winner of back-to-back Pac-10 titles, California can make a strong case for being the best men's program on the West Coast.
The Bears don't have a high profile like UCLA, and they don't
attract the crowds of UC Santa Barbara, but they have certainly attracted the attention of MLS teams. Calen Carr
(Chicago), Tyson Wahl
(Kansas City), Eric Ebert
(Chivas USA) and Luke Sassano
(New York) have
been taken in the last three MLS SuperDrafts and are playing in MLS.
Despite the losses, Cal is ranked No. 5 in this week's Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 3-0-2 record heading into
the Stanford Nike Classic, where it will face Drake and Creighton.
Coach Kevin Grimes
, who recently signed new five-year contract at Cal, has done
a fabulous rebuilding job.
His attack is built around five sophomores. Andrew Wiedeman
, A.J. Soares
(game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw against SMU) and Davis Paul
each has two goals. Servando Carrasco
is tied for third
in points (5), while Hector Jimenez
leads the Pac-10 with four assist.
Cal's top pro prospect is goalie Stefan
, an All-American as a sophomore in 2007. COMING-OUT PARTY.
Freshmen were instrumental in wins for ACC powers North Carolina and Duke
on Tuesday night.
Freshman forward Alex Dixon
scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the first half, to pace No. 8 North Carolina to
a 4-1 win over Liberty. Eddie Ababio
and Brian Shriver
also scored for the Tar Heels (5-0-1).
Freshmen Kyle Bethel
and Joseph Pak
were the goal scorers for No. 21 Duke in its 2-0 win over Davidson that pushed the
Blue Devils' win streak to four games.