UCLA men’s soccer routs top-ranked Akron

Ninth-ranked UCLA (2-1-1) men’s soccer team rolled to a 6-1 victory over top-ranked Akron (2-2), Monday night.

The Bruins also set an NCAA record with three goals in a 32-second span.

Junior forward Abu Danladi scored two goals in 11 seconds and sophomore midfielder Jackson Yueill had four assists, tying a school-record.

Brian Iloski, Seyi Adekova, Blayne Martinez  and Jose Hernandez scored the other goals for the Bruins.

UCLA scored 2-0 at halftime.

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College soccer: No. 6 Florida knocks off No. 15 UCLA in overtime

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

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Watch the video: Violent Caltech robot soccer is literally a lot like Rollerball

TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltech’s 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. Caltech’s mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltech’s 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. Caltech’s mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

For more on the CalTech robot soccer competition, click here.

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CSUDH product Tony Alfaro drafted by Seattle Sounders

Tony Alfaro

Tony Alfaro

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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Friday Kicks: Galaxy sign two Homegrown players, Chivas USA reportedly Snag English forward

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) February 21, 2014
*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.

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LA Galaxy, Chivas USA MLS Draft Pickups and Rejects

Took advantage of the long weekend to take a few days off, so let’s play a little MLS draft catch-up.

Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy must have put in a good word for former UCSB teammate pick-up Tony Lochhead, 32, a New Zealand international who plays left back and was picked up today by the struggling MLS team from A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

.Lochhead was drafted in 2005 by the New England Revolution, but returned home in 2007 after making 16 appearances for the club. He has made 43 appearances for his national team and is expected to play in this summer’s World Cup.

Chivas USA also made two more additions in the final two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday, selecting Houston Baptist University forward Kristopher Tyrpak with the 40th pick and Georgia State University defender Michael Nwiloh 59th.

The latter is a 6-3 center back, the sort of commanding defender Chivas USA needed more of last season.

The Galaxy, which last week had traded away its first round draft pick, passed on its 72nd overall pick  — the only MLS club to do so — which tells you everything you need to know about how coach Bruce Arena regarded the talent pool in this year’s draft.

The 32 players selected in the final two rounds included UCLA forward Victor Chavez, selected 71st by the Portland Timbers right before the Galaxy’s scheduled pick (hmm, did Arena want him?).

By the way, UCLA saw a trio of players picked up by MLS teams in this year’s draft including defender and captain Joe Sofia, a second round pick by San Jose, and Spanish native Victor Munoz, drafted by D.C. United in the second round.

That makes 64 picks in the 19-year history of the draft for the Bruins, far and away the most of any school in the nation.

 

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