Thursday Kicks: Cal State Northridge Hosts Tournament & More

Briefly:
*Cal State Fullerton Titans (1-1), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (1-2) and the Fairleigh-Dickinson Knights (2-0) visit the Matadors (1-1) this weekend.

Schedule: 1:30 p.m. Friday Titans-Panthers and 4:30 p.m. Matadors-Knights; 11 a.m. Sunday Titans-Knights and 1:30 p.m. Matadors-Panthers.

The men are picked to finish fourth in the Big West preseason coaches poll.

*The U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton has released its fall semester roster. Southern Californians attending include defender Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard) ; midfielders Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy; Corona), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista), Sebastian Velasquez (Arsenal FC; Los Angeles); and forward Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana) and Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood).

Key stats: Of the 200 players who have been through the residency program, more than 80 have played in MLS and 17 appeared for the USMNT.

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  • Studs Up

    Most telling stat on your list of U-17 roster is that all SoCal attendees are Latin-Americans. Kudos to US Soccer to finally and belatedly break down the barriers. Maybe the next generation of players can possess the ball better and bring more creativity to the American game that the pathetic and the abysmal showing of the USMNT against the “Mighty Soca warriors” on Wednesday night.