Jan. 24, 2008
BERKELEY - Former California men's soccer player Javier Ayala-Hil was selected in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft today. Chivas USA drafted Ayala-Hil with the 22nd overall pick in the second round. Ayala-Hil concluded his collegiate career last fall, when he helped the Golden Bears win their second straight Pac-10 title and reach the second round of the NCAA College Cup.
"We are very excited that Javier was drafted today by Chivas USA," said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "They play a great style of soccer and their coach, Preki, loves attacking creative players. With Javier's skill and technique, he is the perfect fit for Chivas USA."
This marks the fourth straight year in which MLS teams drafted Cal players, a span that encompasses Cal head coach Kevin Grimes' first four recruiting classes and 12 former Bears. The 11 other Bears are Andrew Jacobson (DC United, SuperDraft), Luke Sassano (New York, SuperDraft), who were drafted last week, Eric Ebert (Houston, SuperDraft), Nick Hatzke (Houston, Supplemental Draft), Steve Purdy (Los Angeles, Supplemental Draft), who were drafted in 2007, Calen Carr (Chicago, SuperDraft), Tyson Wahl (Kansas City, SuperDraft) and Eric Kronberg (Kansas City, SuperDraft), who were drafted in 2006, and Troy Roberts (Los Angeles, SuperDraft), Mike Munoz (Chivas USA, Supplemental Draft) and Noah Merl (San Jose, Supplemental Draft) who were drafted in 2005.
Ayala-Hil, a 2007 co-captain, ended the campaign second on the team in points (15), goals (5) and tied for second in assists (5). In his final game at Cal, he scored twice in the second round of the NCAA College Cup against Virginia Tech. He was selected by College Soccer News' as a 2007 preseason All-American. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006, Ayala-Hil was Cal's leading scorer last season with 26 points and five game-winning goals. He was named the Soccer America Player of the Week and College Soccer News' Player of the Week numerous times in 2006, and was also named to the NSCAA Far West All-Region second team. He scored twice in Cal's 3-1 victory over New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year.