Aug. 26, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - As the nation gears up for the official start of the men's college soccer season, preseason rankings continue to be released and every poll thus far has ranked the UCSB men as a top-10 team. The most recent preseason poll, distributed by Soccer America, has the Gauchos as the No. 5 team in the nation.
In the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25, UCSB is the highest ranked west coast school and the only Big West Conference school that is ranked. Akron, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are ranked one through four, respectively.
No. 11 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford and No. 22 Portland are the only other west coast schools named in the poll, which was released late Wednesday. For the complete Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25 poll, click here.
In addition to being ranked by the publication, UCSB also had a player named to Soccer America's Men's Preseason All-Americans list. Junior Danny Barrera was honored as one of the nation's top-eight midfielders. It marks his second Preseason All-American honor as he was named to College Soccer News' Second Team earlier this month.
For the complete list of Soccer America Men's Preseason All-Americans, click here.
The Gauchos have already been ranked fourth by Top Drawer Soccer, sixth by College Soccer News and eighth by the NSCAA in each of their preseason polls.
UCSB will host the Mexico U-20 National Team in an exhibition game this Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women's team, which will take-on Saint Joseph's at 5 p.m. All the action will take place at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2010 soccer season are still available. All season ticket packages include tickets for the 2010 Men's College Cup, which is being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Individual season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men's and women's regular season games and one 2010 Men's College Cup all-session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.
If you would like to purchase your tickets for the 2010 soccer season, or for more information, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.