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Most other UCLA sports programs are busy gearing up for real national title aspirations. Always in the picture, UCLA Soccer, who narrowly missed winning another title last season while losing to UC Santa Barbara in the final. This year's College Soccer News pre-season poll has come out and UCLA is ranked #1 and favored to win it all. 9 starters are back from that championship game team of last year. And a lot of them are still underclassmen. Nice. Excellence.
Here is College Soccer News:
1. UCLA - Make no mistake about it, this team is loaded with talent and top-notch competitive experience
. Begin with the fact that nine starters are back from the 2006 team that advanced to the national championship match. Sophomore forward David Estrada (12g, 4a), junior midfielders Sal Zizzo (7g, 9a) and Tony Beltran (0g, 1a), sophomore midfielder Kyle Nakazawa (4g, 8a), and senior defender Mike Zaher are among the prime timers who return. Consider the fact that defender Brandon Owens and forward Maxwell Griffin (5g, 1a) return after sustaining injuries in 2006. Look at the high level of competitive play that many of the Bruins have engaged in since the end of the 2006 season. Throw in the fact that players often improve the most between their freshman and sophomore seasons which bodes well for the young Bruins. Add in the fact that UCLA will feature one of the countries premier goalkeepers in sophomore Brian Perk and it is clear that Jorge Salcedo's UCLA Bruins have what it takes to win it all in 2007.
HT to Rich Perelman of LA Times' What's Bruin
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