In a pairing that pitted Gaucho vs. Gaucho, former UCSB star Sam Garza (2010-11) shone as he led the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Tuesday night at Stanford's Cagan Stadium in third round U.S. Open Cup play.
Ema Boateng grew up in a home with no electricity and no running water in Ghana, but his intellect, determination and soccer ability offered him a shot at a better life. The teen hit a pretty big bull's-eye Thursday when he was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Cate High School star and future UCSB player Ema Boteng was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of California in boy's soccer after already garnering the D-7 MVP honor and myriad other awards.
The UCSB women’s and men’s soccer programs has announced its schedule for the 2012 All Gaucho Reunion, being held the weekend of April 27-29 on the UCSB campus. Highlights of the schedule include alumni games, a reception at Santa Barbara Yacht Club and a golf tournament.
Senior defenders Tim Pontius and James Kiffe were both selected during Tuesday’s Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft, bringing the total count of 2012 UC Santa Barbara draft picks to four. Seattle Sounders FC selected Pontius in the Second Round (33rd overall) and San Jose Earthquakes drafted Kiffe in the Fourth Round (63rd overall).
Senior Luis Silva was selected fourth overall by Toronto FC during Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft making him the highest draft pick in UC Santa Barbara history. Teammate junior Sam Garza – who signed a Generation adidas contract – went two picks later to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Senior Luis Silva can add two more accolades to his growing list of year-end accomplishments: Soccer America MVPs First Team and ESPN Los Angeles All-Area Team honors. He is joined by teammate James Kiffe on the latter team.
Junior Sam Garza has signed a professional contract with Generation adidas, Major League Soccer’s youth development program, and will forgo playing his senior season at UC Santa Barbara, it was announced early last week.