Dominik Jakubek named MISL Keeper of the Week
Former Chico State Wildcat goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek recorded the first consecutive starts of his Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) career and was rewarded with the MISL Goalkeeper of the Week honor.
The 26-year-old Lodi, Calif. native, who began the week with just 102 minutes of MISL experience, stepped in for injured veteran Jim Larkin and helped deliver the expansion California Cougars (6-18) two victories. The Cougars defeated current MISL standings leader St. Louis, 8-5, on Friday at Stockton Arena, then toppled defending MISL Regular Season and Championship Series Champion Milwaukee Wave, 9-7, on Sunday at Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena.
In earning the first two wins of his professional career, Jakubek saved 19-of-24 shots on goal on Friday and rebounded from a troublesome start on Sunday to save 10-of-17, and hold the Wave scoreless for the game’s final 33 minutes.
Now a veteran of seven MISL games, and four starts, Jakubek improved to 2-2 with an improving 6.76 goals against average and a 68.8 save percentage (80
shots on goal, 55 saves).
Jakubek who played collegiate soccer in a record-setting year at Chico State in 2003 and later for the Chico Rooks, joined the Cougars prior to their inaugural MISL season.
Dan Dickson named to national SAAC
Dan Dickson, a member of the Chico State men’s soccer team, was recently named an at-large representative to the NCAA Division II national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Dickson, a sophomore goalkeeper from Half Moon Bay, will join other student-athletes from across the country charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure.
“This is a great honor for Dan and with the conference now having two reps on the national board, a fantastic opportunity for the CCAA to have strong representation on a national scale,” said Mitch Cox, Chico State’s assistant director of athletics and the advisor to the Chico State SAAC.
The input of the national SAAC is sought by a variety of constituencies within the Association. Student-athlete committee members have the opportunity to speak with their respective NCAA Management Councils, and the Division II SAAC continues to speak to legislative issues on the NCAA Convention floor.
Three Wildcats named to All-CCAA team
WALNUT CREEK Three Chico State men’s soccer players were awarded All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors by a recent vote of the conference soccer coaches. Seniors Spencer Stanton and Mike Elenz-Martin were selected Second Team, while junior Jason Phillips received Honorable Mention.
Stanton, a four-year player for the Wildcats, is a two-time Second Team All-CCAA honoree, having received the honor last year as well. Elenz-Martin received his first-ever recognition from the conference. He notched two goals and one assists for the Wildcats this season.
Phillips, who will return next year as the most experienced member of the Wildcat offense, led the team with four goals and three assists.
Wildcats end season with 2-0 loss to Sonoma
ROHNERT PARK - The Chico State men's soccer team ended a frustrating season with a 2-0 loss to Sonoma State on Saturday afternoon in Rohnert Park. The Seawolves scored twice in the first half and held on for the shutout.
Chico State finishes the 2005 season with a record of 5-12-2 overall, 5-8-1 in CCAA play. The frustration came from the team's inability to finish goals. Despite often outshooting its opponent, the team was shutout 10 times. The 12 matches the Wildcats lost this season were by a total of 17 goals, and eight of those matches were lost by just one goal.
The Wildcats graduate only two seniors from this year's roster, so the hope is the 2005 season can be looked at as a learning experience for this young group of talented players.
Mike O'Malley earns 100th win
CHICO - The Chico State men’s soccer team scored one goal in the first half and two more in the second to beat San Francisco State, 3-1, and give Head Coach Mike O’Malley his 100th career win at Chico State.
The Wildcats (5-11-2, 5-7-1 CCAA) scored first in the in the 27th minute when Mike Elenz-Martin lofted a restart from 20 yards out and found the head of Jason Phillips, who scored his team-high fourth goal of the season.
In the 67th minute Keegan Frashieri assisted Roger Davanger on his second goal of the year, but the Gators (9-8-1, 5-6-1 CCAA) answered back quickly with a goal ten seconds later on the kick off at midfield. Mark Cipolla took a long shot from the left side which zeroed in on the goal to cut the Wildcat lead in half, 2-1. Brett Boysen assisted on the goal.
The Wildcats put up another insurance goal in the 73rd minute when Davanger and Fraschieri reversed their earlier roles. This time Fraschieri tallied his second goal of the season off Davanger’s cross.
The Wildcats wrap up the season with a match at Sonoma State at 3:00 on Saturday.
Wildcats fall despite dominating match
CHICO - The goal must seem as big as a tin can to the Chico State men's soccer team. For the second straight match, the Wildcats outshot and outplayed their opponents, but lost 1-0 Friday night at University Soccer Stadium.
Cal State Monterey Bay's Kyle Satow found the back of the net with Jake True's rebound off the post in the 98th minute as the Otters (8-7-0, 3-9-0 CCAA) won in overtime.
Chico State lost for the seventh time in the last eight matches to fall to 4-11-2 overall and 4-7-1 in the CCAA despite pelting the Otters goal with 20 shots, including nine on goal. Monterey Bay goalkeeper Bobby Arteaga made seven saves and was helped by a pair of plays in which Otters defenders saved a ball off the goal line.
Chico State plays its final home match of the season, and the final career home match for Spencer Stanton and Mike Elenz-Martin, Sunday at 3 p.m. against San Francisco State. They'll wrap up their season at Sonoma State Oct. 29.
Struggling 'Cats fall 1-0 to Stanislaus
TURLOCK - The Chico State men's soccer team gave up a goal in the seventh minute of play to Cal State Stanislaus, but couldn't covert on one of their own, losing 1-0 to the Warriors on the road.
The Wildcats (4-10-2, 4-6-1 CCAA) outshot Stanislaus 14-10, but for the eighth time this season could not find the back of the net. Stanislaus improved to (7-9-1, 5-5-1 CCAA).
Kishin Hamaguchi scored the only goal of the game, racing through the defense, taking on Wildcat keeper Brian Linne, and firing the ball into the upper-right corner.
Linne recorded three saves in the contest, while Mando Herrera had five saves for Stanislaus and was helped by the defense on another.
Chico State finishes out its home schedule this weekend with a 7:00 game against Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday and a 3:00 matchup with San Francisco State on Sunday. Seniors Spencer Stanton and Mike Elenz-Martin will be honored before the final game.
Carboneau scores twice to lift men's soccer to 3-2 victory
CHICO - A.J. Carboneau scored a pair of goals and Kurt Murin notched a goal and an assist as the Chico State men’s soccer team snapped its five-match losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Sunday at Chico State’s University Soccer Stadium. The Wildcats scored all three of their goals in the first half, and then held off the Coyotes for the win.
Chico State improved to 4-9-2 overall and 3-6-1 in the CCAA. The 'Cats also gave 10th-year head coach Mike O’Malley his 99th win at Chico State. He has 137 career wins in 13 years of coaching between Chico State and the University of Washington.
Cal State San Bernardino fell to 6-8-1 overall and 5-6-0 in the CCAA.
Carboneau got the Wildcats on the board in the fifth minute when he settled Murin’s cross and found the back of the net from 12 yards. Murin made it 2-0 in the 10th minute when Roger Davenger touched Garrett McCall’s cross to his foot and he tapped it in. The Wildcats made it 3-0 in the 33rd minute when Carboneau headed home Evan Armstrong’s cross.
Cal State San Bernardino battled back in the second half as Barry Steele scored an unassisted goal in the 51st minute and Lorenzo Loson hammered home Steele’s pass from the corner in the 82nd minute. Nevertheless, the Wildcats held on to earn the win.
Chico State is back in action Wednesday when it travels to Turlock to face Cal State Stanislaus in a 3 p.m. affair.
No. 21 UC San Diego squeaks by Wildcats
The Chico State men's soccer team played valiantly, but dropped a 1-0 decision to 21st-ranked UC San Diego in overtime Friday night at University Soccer Stadium. UC San Diego substitute Tom Caplan pounded a shot off a Chico State defender and into the net in the fifth minute of overtime to lift the Tritons to a thrilling victory.
It was UC San Diego's stellar defense that keyed the victory, however. The Tritons allowed just three Chico State shots all night, and visiting goalkeeper Edward Ruhland was required to make only one save. UC San Diego improved to 9-3-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the CCAA.
Chico State, which also played well defensively, allowed just 12 shots, five of which were on goal. Goalkeeper Brian Linné tallied five saves. The Wildcats fell to 3-9-2 overall and 3-5-1 in the CCAA with their fifth straight loss. It's the first time since 1966 a Chico State has dropped five straight in a season.
Chico State is back in action at home Sunday when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino at 3 p.m.
Wildcats can't slow streaking Sonoma
The Sonoma State men's soccer team won its fourth straight match and moved into first place in the CCAA North Division with a 3-1 win at Chico State's University Soccer Stadium Wednesday night. The game was a makeup of the Sept. 15 affair that was postponed due to a light failure.
That meant that, instead of facing a Sonoma club that was sub-.500 at the time, the Wildcats would have to take on the Seawolves during their hottest stretch of the season. Sonoma State improved to 7-6-1 overall and 5-3-0 in CCAA play. Chico State, which has now lost four in a row, falls to 3-8-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the CCAA.
The Wildcats got on the board first when Jason Phillips scored on a penalty kick in the 24th minute. Thanks to a pair of nice saves by goalkeeper Brian Linné, who was seeing his first action of the season, the Wildcats held that lead into intermission.
Sonoma dominated the scoreboard in the second half, however, despite being outshot 9-8 during the last 45 minutes. This time it was the Seawolves' goalie, Clark Rupp, who made three nice saves. Meanwhile, Mike Kelley, Tim Maycock, and Nathan Medina each scored goals. Kelley's and Medina's both came after they stole a ball deep in Chico State's zone to create 1-on-1 chances against Linné.
Chico State is back in action at home this weekend when it hosts UC San Diego at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Cal State San Bernardino at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Men's soccer suffers two losses down south
Wildcats blanked by Dominguez Hills, Pomona
It was a frustrating weekend for the Chico State men's soccer team. First, the Wildcats were dominated by fourth-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills in a 2-0 loss Friday. Sunday, the Wildcats outshot host Cal Poly Pomona but were blanked 3-0.
The Wildcats fell to 3-7-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the CCAA with the losses. They have failed to score in three of five road matches this season. Nevertheless, the Wildcats have an opportunity to sneak right back in to the CCAA North Division race when they host Sonoma State in a makeup game Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Against Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Wildcats were outshot 32-2 and mustered only one shot on goal. Still, despite playing a player down after Kurt Murin earned a red card in the sixth minute, the match was scoreless until the Toros broke through in the 65th minute. They added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute.
Against Cal Poly Pomona, the Wildcats were continually frustrated by near misses. Tim Sisk made four saves and his defense chipped in with two to keep the Wildcats off the board.
The Broncos got the only goal they would need early. Dawit stole a pass deep in Chico State territory, eluded Chico State goalkeeper Scott Doty, and knocked the ball into an empty net just 9:22 into the game.
That was the score at halftime, although both teams had excellent scoring chances. Chico States Grant Meyer headed a cross by A.J. Carboneau past Sisk, but Garrett Petry stopped the ball just before it reached the goal line. Meyer had another attempt later in the half that appeared headed for the goal, but this time Matthew Barker rushed in to deny the Wildcats. The Wildcats also had a pair of chances by Mike Elenz-Martin and Zach Stanton hit the crossbar in the second half.
The Wildcats had a 14-13 edge in shots.
Wildcats fall to Otters
SEASIDE, Calif. - Chico State's Alexander Oceguera scored his first goal of the late in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats fell 2-1 to Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops Chico State to 3-5-2 overall, 2-2-1 in CCA action. Monterey Bay, which won its third straight match, improved to 6-4 overall, 3-3 in conference.
The Otters took a 2-0 lead with a fast-break goal by Nate Torricelli in the 33rd minute and a second goal six minutes later on a header by Nate's brother Nic Torricelli.
Garett McCall picked up the assist, his first of the season, on Oceuera's goal in the 39th minute.
Chico State travels to Dominguez Hills on Friday for a 4:30 match and to Cal Poly Pomona for a 3:00 game on Sunday.
Wildcats climb to top of CCAA North Division Standings
CHICO, Calif. The Chico State men’s soccer team is tied for first place in the CCAA North Division. Kurt Murin and Keegan Fraschieri notched first-half goals, and the Wildcats held off Cal State Stanislaus for a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at University Soccer Stadium. In the process, Chico State (3-4-2, 2-1-1 CCAA) moved into a tie atop the division standings with San Francisco State.
Cal State Stanislaus’ Dennis Wolfe scored in the 61st minute to draw the Warriors within one, but they fell to 5-6-0 overall and 2-3-0 in CCAA action.
The victory was Chico State’s 15th straight against Cal State Stanislaus. The Warriors have not beaten Chico State since 1995, and they have not won in Chico since 1994.
Murin opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he took an A.J. Carboneau pass between defenders and then slipped the ball past Stanislaus’ charging goalie, Mando Herrera, from 14 yards out. It was Murin’s first goal of the season. Fraschieri notched his first goal of the season in the 40th minute, and he did it with flair. After stealing the ball away from a defender, he took two touches to his left at the top of the box, and then rocketed a ball into the upper-left V for a 2-0 lead.
Chico State is back in action Sunday when it travels to take on Cal State Monterey Bay at 3 p.m.
Wildcats earn much needed win
CHICO, Calif. Despite a frustrating start to the season, the Chico State men’s soccer team moved right into the mix for the CCAA North Division lead with a 2-0 win against Cal State Bakersfield at University Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats improved to 1-1-1 in the CCAA with the victory and host Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a crucial early-season matchup.
Jason Phillips scored on a penalty kick in the 19th minute and A.J. Carboneau added a second-half goal for the Wildcats, who are 2-4-2 overall. Scott Doty collected eight saves to earn his second shutout of the season. Cal State Bakersfield fell to 3-6-0 overall and 1-3-0 with the loss.
Kurt Murin set up the Wildcats’ first goal when he was taken down in the box while trying to elevate for a header. Phillips connected on the penalty kick for his second goal of the season.
Carboneau then quieted a rallying Bakersfield squad with his goal in the 68th minute. With the entire offense pressuring the Roadrunners, the ball was passed back to goaltender Steve Trojanowski. Unable to pick the ball up with his hands, Trojanowski attempted to boot it past an onrushing Carboneau. But Carboneau got his foot on it and volleyed it into the net from just inside the box for a 2-0 lead.
Wildcats let early lead slip away
CHICO, Calif. The Chico State men’s soccer team failed to make an early lead stand up and fell to 22nd-ranked Cal State L.A. 2-1 Friday afternoon at University Soccer Stadium.
Mike Elenz-Martin buried a 23-footer off a restart to stake Chico State to a 1-0 lead, but Eddie Villa knotted the match in the 44th minute and Morten Marthinsen scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute for Cal State L.A.
The visiting Golden Eagles, now 6-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the CCAA, outshot Chico State 25-12, including 15-5 after intermission. Chico State dipped to 1-4-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the CCAA.
Chico State is back in action at home Sunday afternoon against Cal State Bakersfield at 3 p.m.
Wildcats and Gators play to 3-3 tie
SAN FRANCISCO - Mike Elenz-Martin, Grant Meyer, and A.J. Carboneau each scored goals as the Chico State men's soccer team played host San Francisco State University Gators to a 3-3 draw in the Wildcats' CCAA opener Saturday.
The goals were a welcomed sight for the Wildcats, who had scored just two goals in their first five matches of the season.
Chico State moved to 1-3-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the CCAA with the tie. San Francisco State is now 4-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in CCAA play.
Elenz-Martin connected on his first goal of the season off a cross from Jason Phillips in the 29th minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Gators' Paul Carter tied the match at 1-1 in the 37th minute when he connected on his third goal of the season.
Three minutes into the second half San Francisco State's Brett Boysen scored on a free kick to give the Gators a 2-1 lead. But Chico State tied the match at 2-2 when the true freshman Meyer scored his first collegiate goal in the 66th minute. His tap-in was set up by a cross from Jason Phillips via Kurt Murin.
The Wildcats took the lead back with a little over 11 minutes left as Carboneau scored on an unassisted goal. But San Francisco State's Mark Cipolla tied the game at 3-3 with less than one minute left in regulation on a free kick.
The teams played 20 minutes of scoreless overtime. Kenny Brandenburg recorded 10 saves for the Gators, including two key ones in the final seconds of the second overtime. Chico State's Scott Doty had five saves. Chico State outshot the Gators 18-16.
The Wildcats will return home to face Cal State L.A. Friday at 4:30.
Wildcats beaten in overtime
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington scored in overtime, to give the Vikings a 1-0 victory over Chico State in a non-league men's soccer game Saturday night at Whatcom CC Soccer Field.
The Wildcats fell to 1-3-1 this season and WWU picked up its first win, 1-6-0.
Despite outshooting Western Washington in the match, 31-15, Western outshot Chico State 6-4 in overtime and broke through in the 106th minute when a Viking midfielder found Kris Pope open just beyond the top left side of the 18-yard box. Pope fired a shot that found the upper right corner of the net.
After a relatively calm first half, Chico State put tremendous pressure on the Viking defense throughout the second period. The Wildcats took 19 shots and just missed scoring on a number of occasions.
Chico State's Jason Phillips had two chances early in the second half. Both times he shook a Viking defender on the right side and took a shot from close range. The first hit the side of the net and the other sailed just high.
The Wildcats missed another opportunity in the 83rd minute when Byron Salata fired a shot from 25 yards out that hit the crossbar.
Lots of action, but no socring in Wildcats' tie
CHICO - There were 45 fouls, 30 shots, 12 cautions, but zero goals scored when the Chico State men’s soccer team took on Notre Dame de Namur in Bank of America West Coast Classic action tonight at University Soccer Stadium. The teams settled for a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes of play.
Both teams had opportunities throughout the match, with a flurry of activity at both ends of the field. Each team took 15 shots in the game. Notre Dame (0-1-2) fired eight shots on goal, all of which were saved by Chico keeper Scott Doty. Nicolas Arellano recorded five saves for the Argonauts.
The Wildcats (1-2-1) have not scored in their last two days, but will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Western Washington next Saturday.
In the early game, San Francisco State scored two goals late in the first half to take a 2-1 halftime lead, then added a third unanswered goal 10 minutes in to the second half for a 3-1 win over Grand Canyon University.
Grand Canyon (2-1-1) opened the scoring in the eighth minute when David Hague took a long pass from Bosko Yovicevic down the left side and fired a 20-yard shot which snagged the lower right corner of the net.
San Francisco (2-0-1) answered back in the 31st minute when Kyle Loftis took a nice cross from Lee Mitchell and chipped it over the goalie’s head to knot the score. Just six minutes later they scored again when Kevin Jewell stripped the ball from the Grand Canyon defense and quickly got a 20-yard shot by the keeper. The Gators final goal was on a Mark Cipolla cross that found Wallid Saad in the box.
Kenny Brandenburg was the winning goalie for S.F. State, recording six saves in the process.
Wildcats fall in first game of West Coast Classic
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State men’s soccer team lost a disheartening match tonight in the first day of the Bank of America West Coast Classic. The Wildcats allowed an own goal early in the second half to lose 1-0 to Grand Canyon University.
The goal came one minute into the second half when the Chico State defense passed back a ball which slipped through their own keepers hands.
Both teams had opportunities and Chico (1-2-0) outshot Grand Canyon 12-11, but just two Wildcat shot was on goal, despite shots that hit the cross bar and post. Grand Canyon fired four shots on goal, all of which were stopped by Wildcat keeper Scott Doty.
John Rosner recorded the shutout for Grand Canyon, which improved to 2-0-1 this season.
In the early game, San Francisco State (2-1-0) blanked Notre Dame de Namur 3-0 on two Brett Boysen goals and a penalty kick. Boysen’s first goal came five minutes into the game when he snuck a 24-yard shot by the defensive wall to snag the lower right corner of the goal on a restart. Later in the half George Nixon went on a breakaway down the right side and found Boysen in front of the goal for a 2-0 half time lead. The Gators scored their final goal on a penalty kick in the 81st minute.
Notre Dame (1-1-0) outshot San Francisco 17-11, but failed to find the back of the net. S.F. keeper Kenny Brandenburg had five saves in the shutout.
Play continues tomorrow in the West Coast Classic when the women take the field. Notre Dame women take on San Francisco at 5:30 and Grand Canyon plays Chico State at 8:00. The men return to action on Sunday when San Francisco takes on Grand Canyon at 4:30 and Notre Dame and Chico State battle at 7:00.
Wildcats upset defending National Champion
The Chico State men's soccer season got its first win of the year in a big way, defeating the defending Division II National Champion Seattle University, 2-1, tonight at University Soccer Stadium.
The Redhawks (1-1-0), who had not lost a match in 23 contests, entered the game ranked No. 2 in the season's first national poll. Chico State improves to 1-1-0 and now prepares for the Bank of America West Coast Classic next Friday through Monday.
Chico Started the scoring early, when seven minutes into the game Kurt Murin put a long pass from midfield up the right side where Jason Phillips quickly controlled the ball and fired off a long hard shot from just outside the box, which found the upper left side of the net.
The Wildcats held the 1-0 lead through half time, but Seattle converted a text-book corner kick in the 59th minute to knot the score. Bobby McAlister placed the corner kick in the air, directly in front of the goal and Pat Doran headed it dead center into the top of the net just above the outreached hands of Chico goalie, Scott Doty.
Doty was instrumental in the winning goal of the night. In the 72nd minute, Doty intercepted a cross from the Seattle squad to squelch a scoring threat by the Redhawks and quickly punted the ball long down the right side to a waiting Roger Davanger. Davanger broke away and got by the Seattle goalie, who was out of the box due to the transitional play.
Both teams took 14 shots in the game. Chico recorded seven shots on goal to Seattle's four. Doty recorded the win and three saves. Seattle keeper Chris Sorensen tallied five saves.
Late flurry not enough in season opener
CHICO - A late flurry of shots proved to be too little, too late as the Chico State men's soccer team dropped its season opener to Seattle Pacific University 1-0 Thursday night at University Soccer Stadium. The Wildcats were limited to four shots for the first 79 minutes of the match but fired off six in the final 11 minutes. Jordan Bryant hit the post and Kurt Murin sprayed a breakaway wide. Those were the team's best chances.
Chico's defense proved to be on the level with Seattle Pacific's. They limited the Falcons to seven shots on the night. But the Falcons got on the board in the 64th minute when, during the scramble after a corner kick, Andy Willis took a pass from Taylor Kye and threaded a shot through the defense and into the back of the net.
Kellen Rosten earned the victory in net for Seattle Pacific, picked to finish third behind defending national champion Seattle University and Western Washington in the Great Northwest Athletic Association. Rosten had to make just one save.
Chico State is back in action at home Sunday night when it hosts Seattle University at 7 p.m. Seattle Pacific will face Fresno Pacific Saturday night at 6 p.m. at University Soccer Stadium.
Wondolowski drafted by San Jose Earthquakes
A Chico State men's soccer player has been drafted by a professional team for the second time in less than a year. The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer chose former Wildcats midfielder Chris Wondolowski, who wrapped up his stellar four-year career in 2004, as the fifth pick of the fourth round of the league's inaugural Supplemental Draft Friday.
Dominic Jakubek, who along with Wondolowski led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II National Championship match in 2003, was the first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League on February 28 of last year.
But this is the MLS - the best there is when it comes to soccer in the United States.
“This is just an unbelievable thrill,” said Wondolowski. “I love playing soccer and I want to do it for as long as I can, so to have this opportunity is something I've dreamed about for a long time.”
The MLS Supplemental Draft was designed for the first time this season to help teams expand their rosters from 18 to 28 players. Eighteen of those will be considered members of the Senior Roster, while the remaining 10 will be part of the Developmental Roster. The league will field reserve teams this season for the first time, giving developmental players a chance to play in competitive games throughout the season.
Wondolowski caught Earthquakes Head Coach Dominic Kinnear's eye during a Bay Area combine.
“Chris is a player that we had training at our local combine and he impressed the coaching staff,” said Kinnear, an assistant coach on San Jose's 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup Championship teams. “We are looking forward to having him join us in preseason training and seeing what he can do.”
If Wondolowski even approaches the success he had at Chico State, he will be a smashing success as a professional. An accomplished track and field athlete in high school (he ran a 4:15 mile and was recruited by UCLA, among other schools), Wondolowski chose instead to play soccer at Chico State. He leaves Chico State among the school's top three in career goals, assists, and points.
“Chris has represented this University as well as any student-athlete could over the last four years,” said Chico State Head Coach Mike O'Malley. “I'm ecstatic for him. He has the talent to play at that higher level, and just as importantly, he has the attitude it takes to succeed at that level.”
Wondolowski found out about his good fortune from his best friend and former teammate at De La Salle High School in Conord, Noah Merl, who played his college soccer at the University of California. Merl was actually the Earthquakes' third-round selection.
“We've followed each other's careers and we try to hang out as much as possible,” said Wondolowski. “So to find out from him and to know that we have a chance to play together again is really exciting.”