Feb. 5, 2013
BERKELEY - California men's soccer alumnus Jacob Wilson - who previously played in Portugal - recently signed to play with Vasas SC, a professional club that plays in the top league in Hungary, called the Nemzeti Bajnokság I.
The erstwhile Golden Bear - whose new club is based in Budapest - previously played for CD Feirense in the Portuguese Second Division.
"Jacob continues to thrive playing in Europe," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "He has taken another step forward in his career by signing with Vasas. Hungary is a beautiful country, and this is a great opportunity for him."
Wilson, 27, played at Cal from 2005-09, which included a medical redshirt year in 2007. He is one of three former Golden Bears - including Anthony Avalos, who plays with Norway's SK Vard Haugesund, and Leo Krupnik, with Israel's Maccabi Netanya - who plays professionally abroad.
The Fremont, Calif., product perhaps had his best season in 2008, when he started 16 of 21 games, earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention and garnered Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. He also scored three goals, collected two assists and wound up with 10 points. Wilson also earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention in 2009, when he started in nine of 11 games in his final year at Cal.
He played for lower division German club SV Germania 90 Schöneiche before moving to Portugal.