6 CAL SOUTH ALUMNI SELECTED IN 2011 MLS SUPERDRAFT
January 15, 2011
BALTIMORE, Maryland (January 15, 2011) - Cal defender and Pac-10 Player of the Year A.J. Soares was the first of six Cal South alumni selected in the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on January 13 in Baltimore at the annual NSCAA Coaches Convention. Soares was chosen as the #6 pick by the struggling New England Revolution, after helping the Golden Bears to one of their most successful seasons by reaching the NCAA quarterfinals before losing to eventual national champion Akron on penalty kicks. A youth club player with the San Diego Surf, Soares played for Cal South ODP from 2001-2006, winning an ODP national championship in 2004 with their Boys 1988 team.
Five other Cal South alumni were chosen through the next two rounds of the draft. The Philadelphia Union used the 23rd pick to snag University of North Carolina midfielder Michael Farfan, also a former Cal South ODP standout. Farfan spent his youth club years with the La Jolla Nomads, with whom he captured a US Youth Soccer National Championship in 2002. The next two Cal South ODP alumni chosen were midfielders from the Cal Golden Bears: Servando Carrasco (#27) and Hector Jimenez (#34). The Seattle Sounders grabbed Carrasco, a youth club player for ten years with the San Diego Surf, while the LA Galaxy picked Jimenez, whose Arsenal FC team earned a stunning three straight US Youth Soccer National Championships from 2004-2006.
Maryland midfielder Billy Cortes, selected in the #38 spot by the NY Red Bulls, played for Pateadores during his Cal South days. Another Cal Golden Bear, forward Davis Paul, was taken in the #51 spot by the Chicago Fire. Paul was also a member of that storied triple national title Arsenal FC team along with Jimenez, earning a Golden Boot award at the 2006 Nationals. While with Cal South ODP, Paul also picked up an ODP national championship in 2006.