UC Santa Barbara
2003: Redshirted his first season with the Gauchos playing behind two-time All-American Memo Arzate.
Was a Reebok High School All-American at Cerritos High School...Led the Dons to two consecutive Suburban League titles, going undefeated in league play in that time...Recognized as a First Team All-Suburban League selection all four years as a prepster...A Third Team All-CIF selection as a sophomore, he earned the CIF's MVP honors as a senior...Regards missing a penalty kick in the CIF Quarterfinals as his most disappointing moment in sports.
Played for both the Cal Heat and JUSA Select squads...Helped lead the Heat to Surf Cup and NHB tourney titles...Also participated in the prestigious Dallas Cup with Cal Heat...Holds his club's all-time records for career assists with 165 and career goals with 51.
Efren Mata was born January 22, 1982 in Torrance, CA...Comes to UCSB as an undeclared major...Looks to become a professional soccer player...He cannot do without his family...Roots for Real Madrid...Fan of Zidane Zidane...Would love the opportunity to play with Zambrota...His favorite movie is "Weekend at Bernie's"...Likes to watch "King of Queens"...Enjoys reading "FHM" magazine and playing the video game "FIFA 2003"...Before every game he always prays...Wants people to know that he is a winner...Can best be described as gullible...Has three older siblings, Omar, Sino and Anna, and two younger siblings, Jose and Alfredo...Son of Jose and Virginia Mata.
What has been, or is, the most rewarding aspect of playing soccer for UCSB?
"The most rewarding aspect for me is getting to play and train with players who hold the same expectations as me...an NCAA title."