The NWSL final is set for Sunday between the Western New York Flash and the Washington Spirit (2 p.m.; Fox Sports 1) and the UCLA women’s soccer program will be heavily represented.
There will be seven former UCLA players in the match.
Five of the seven are with Western New York. Defender Abby Dahlkemper, midfielder Sam Mewis and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland (all three played at UCLA from 2011-14), forward Taylor Smith (2012-15) and midfielder McCall Zerboni (2005-08).
Defenders Caprice Dydasco and Megan Oyster, who also played at UCLA from 2011-14 are on the Washington Spirit.
Six of the seven were on UCLA’s 2013 NCAA championship team. Zerboni played in the NCAA College Cup in each of her four years at UCLA.
Jessie Fleming made her UCLA debut Sunday and scored a pair of goals for No. 15 UCLA, but it wasn’t enough as No. 6 Florida escaped with a 4-3 overtime victory. Fleming was a member of the Canada team that earned Bronze at the Rio Olympics.
UCLA led 3-2 after Fleming’s second goal (68:35), but Florida tied the game at 72:57 and added the winner in overtime.
Here are the highlights, courtesy of UCLA Athletics
TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltechs 31st annual Engineering Design Competition will pit robots against robots in an action packed soccer match dubbed the Tridroid Cup. Tuesday, March 8, 2016.Though 12 soccer balls are on the field at a time, the teams must get past robotic goalies to score. Caltechs mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)
The Seattle Sounders selected Cal State Dominguez Hills All-American Tony Alfaro in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft with the 27th overall pick.
Alfaro is the first player to be picked in the MLS draft since Kei Kamara went in the 2005 class and the fourth player ever from CSUDH. The left-footed defender played a team-high 1,954 minutes for the Toros this year, starting every match but one. He scored six goals, five coming on penalty kicks.
Alfaro was named a first-team All-American by the NSCAA and a second-team All-American by Division II CCA after his senior season when he was named the California College Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year.
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*The Galaxy also signed Mexican native Raul Mendiola, 19, whose hometown is listed as Torrance on the Galaxy website. More on both players here.
*Chivas USA have reportedly come to terms with English striker Luke Moore. At age 28 he’s in the prime of his career; problem is, that career has stalled as his goals have dried up.
*Meanwhile, UCLA is touting its men’s recruiting class as the nation’s best for the second year in a row.