SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Carson Vom Steeg, a current USA youth international player, 2017 NCAA Champion at Stanford and son of UC Santa Barbara head coach Tim Vom Steeg, will return home and play for the Gauchos this fall, it was announced on Wednesday morning.
The second eldest of Tim Vom Steeg's four sons, Carson will carry on the family tradition as the third Vom Steeg to play for UCSB. He will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Justin, who led the Gauchos to the Round of 16 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and is currently playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as his father/coach Tim, who was a four-year letterwinner from 1985-88.
"Carson has a very good understanding of the game and the style that we like to play here at UCSB," Tim Vom Steeg said. "We're adding a really good player to our program that's going to help us, not only with our defense, but with our overall quality of play."
Suiting up for UCSB is not all that Carson and his father will have in common, as both have NCAA championships to their name. Carson, a 6-foot, 170-pound defender, played in 18 games for Stanford as a freshman and helped the Cardinal to a third consecutive NCAA title. Tim Vom Steeg led the Gauchos to the NCAA Championship in 2006.
"Carson will bring to UCSB the experience of winning a national championship," Tim Vom Steeg added. "He has also played at the highest youth level in the country while competing with the national team."
In addition to his experience at Stanford, Carson has been a member of the United States U18 Men's National Team, where he has served as a team captain since 2015. His international highlights include winning the 2016 Václav Ježek Tournament Championship in the Czech Republic as well as competing in friendlies against Belgium and Russia in Marbella, Spain in October of 2017. He is currently a member of the USA U20 National Team player pool.
"We have a lot of great players here, and after talking to my parents and leaving Stanford obviously, it was a big decision for me," Carson said. "I wanted to come here and continue my education and looking at this group of talent that we have, I know we can put together a really good run. Hosting the College Cup is a big motivator and I really think we can put together something special."
Carson will enhance a talented roster that returns Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West First Team selection Rodney Michael as well as Big West All-Freshman keeper Alan Carrillo and all-conference defender Adrian Adames. Scoring threats Noah Billingsley and Ignacio Tellechea are also set to return while skillful midfielder Joseph Ammer is back in the fold after being hampered by injuries in 2017. A trio of key transfers in defender Hunter Ashworth (San Francisco), defender Faouzi Taieb (St. Francis Brooklyn) and forward Thibault Candia (Temple) will also figure to be in the mix while the Gauchos bring back 2014 Big West Freshman of the Year Axel Mendez. Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year Carter Clemmensen (Brophy College Prep) and United Soccer Coaches High School All-American Ben Roach (Santa Barbara High School) highlight a talented incoming freshmen class.
For the complete 2018 UCSB men's soccer roster, click here.
UCSB hosts the 2018 College Cup at Harder Stadium in December. Season tickets as well as College Cup packages are on sale now and can be found online here or by calling the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB.
The Gauchos kick-off the season with its annual exhibition against Westmont on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7:00 p.m. and will hold its "Meet the Team" event at 4:00 p.m. For more information please contact Mia Weber at 805-893-4785 or email Mia.Weber@athletics.ucsb.edu.