Michael Congiu, a 5-11, 170-pound, defender/midfielder, will transfer to Cal from the University of Wisconsin and compete next fall for the Bears. Congiu, who started all but two matches for the Badgers last fall, will enroll at Cal as a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining.
A seasoned player who is expected to be an immediate contributor along the Bears backline, Congiu has been a member of United States National Team since 1994 when he first cracked the national team lineup of the 1994 under-17 squad. A year later, he participated in the 1995 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match in El Salvador as the teams starting center midfielder. That year, he also notched a cap versus Costa Rica.
Congiu has also been a member of the Chicago Magic F.C. club team since 1991. A four-year team captain of the Magic, Congiu helped lead the club to the 1995 U-16 USYSA NIOTIS Cup National Championship.
Born in Rome, Italy but raised in the United States, Congiu also had a considerable amount of success on the prep level and was listed as a 1997 Soccer America Super 11 recruit coming out of suburban Chicagos Wheaton North High School. During his career at Wheaton North, Congiu was a selected as a prep NSCAA Umbro Youth All-American in 1994 and was honored by The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Daily Herald and The Chicago Daily Sun as an all-area selection all four years.