15 Eric Avila
15 Eric Avila
Birth Date: 11/24/1987
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Edison Academy
Position: Midfielder
2007 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Candidate
2007 Preseason All-American First Team (College Soccer News)
2007 Preseason All-American (Soccer America)
2007 Preseason All-American (MajorLeagueSoccer Magazine)
2006 NSCAA Second Team All-American
2006 Third Team All-American (College Soccer News)
2006 First Team All-Far West
2006 All-College Cup
2006 First Team All-Big West

2006: Garnered All-American distinction for the first time, earning NSCAA Second Team honors after leading UCSB with eight goals...Was also named a Third Team All-American by College Soccer News following his second season in the blue and gold and was an All-Far West First Team selection...Earned a spot on the All-College Cup Team after scoring the game-winner against UCLA in the 61st minute to help capture the program's first national championship (12/3)...Named First Team All-Big West for the second consecutive season after finishing third in the conference in goals (8) and sixth in assists (5)...Led the Big West with 61 shots, 32 of which were on frame, and four game-winners...Santa Barbara was a perfect 7-0-0 in games when he found the net...In addition to his strike against the Bruins, two more of his goals came in the NCAA Tournament...Scored in the 76th minute to put the game out of reach at SMU (11/15) and put in the rebound off of his own blocked penalty kick for the game-winner in the 61st minute three days later at Old Dominion...Also connected with Nick Perera in the 32nd minute for UCSB's first goal against the top-ranked Mustangs...Started the season with a bang, finding the net twice against Akron in the Gauchos' season-opener (8/25)...Scored the only goal of the game at the 26:13 mark to beat BWC rival Cal State Northridge (10/25) and avenge an earlier 5-0 loss (9/27)...Had an outstanding showing in the regular season finale, assisting on Eric Frimpong's game-winner in the 14th minute and chipping in with a goal of his own in the 66th during a 4-0 rout of UC Riverside (11/4)...Was one of only three Gauchos to play in every contest last season and one of only two to start all 25. 2005: After a superb first season at UCSB, Avila was named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman First Team...He garnered Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the second-straight Gaucho to win the distinction and third in a four-year span...Was also one of only two freshmen to be named First Team All-Big West...One of just three Gauchos to appear in all 21 of UCSB's matches and the only player to start every game...Led all newcomers with three goals and five assists for 11 points, which tied for fourth on the squad...Was third on the squad totaling 40 shots, with 18 of those on goal...Scored his first career goal at Cal Poly (9/28)...Provided the assist on Ivan Becerra's game-winner against Cal State Fullerton (10/5)...Snapped a scoreless tie in the 81st minute to give Santa Barbara a 1-0 shutout win over UC Davis (10/15)...Earned a spot on the CSN National Team of the Week after netting his second game-winner of the season with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give the Gauchos a 3-2 win at UC Davis (10/26) and connecting with Becerra again for the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Fullerton (10/29)...Was also named the Big West Co-Player of the Week for his performance in those two matches...His two game-winning goals were tops among midfielders and second overall...His presence in the midfield was a big reason the Gauchos led the conference in scoring with 43 goals while allowing a league-best 19 goals. NATIONAL/CLUB
Avila has earned nine international caps with the United States Under-17 National Team, appearing in 15 total matches, more than any other player from the '87 Boys class...Helped lead the U.S. to the finals of the Ballymena International Tournament held in Northern Ireland, which he regards as one of his most memorable moments in sports...Also participated in the Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament held in France with the U-17's...Played in a number of matches against Major League Soccer teams, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Columbus...Netted the game-tying goal in a friendly against the San Jose Earthquakes...At the club level he played for the Nomads, helping them to a U.S. Club Soccer National Championship, Disney Showcase tourney championship, and Coast Premier League regular season title. HIGH SCHOOL
Spent his final two years of high school at the Edison Academy in Bradenton, Fla. to train with the United States Under-17 National Team...Prior to joining the residency program, Avila attended La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif....He led La Costa Canyon to the Avocado League title and a CIF Division I Finals berth as a sophomore...Named the Avocado League MVP that same year. PERSONAL
Eric Humberto Avila was born November 24, 1987 in San Diego, Calif....Enters his third year at UCSB as an XXXXXX major...Would like to become a professional soccer player in the future...When not playing soccer he is usually chilling or listening to music...Cannot do without his iPod and soccer ball...Before every game he listens to music...Roots for Barcelona...Would love the chance to play alongside his favorite athlete, Ronaldinho, and against AC Milan...Playing in his first international game with the U.S. MNT against England ranks as one of his most memorable sporting moments...His favorite movie is "Inside Man"...Likes to watch "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"...Enjoys reading "FIFA" magazine...His favorite video game is "FIFA 2006"...Mexico City's Azteca Stadium is tops on his list of places he would like to play...Nicknamed "Avi"...Can best be described as funny and outgoing...Has two younger brothers, Adrian and Christian...Son of Julio and Maria Avila. CAREER STATISTICS