Nov. 29, 2006
BERKELEY - California seniors Eric Ebert and Steve Purdy have been invited to the 2007 Major League Soccer Combine, the professional league announced today. Also, this week, Ebert and Purdy earned spots on the NSCAA Far West All-Region first team.
The annual MLS combine, which this year will feature 58 players from Division I colleges, will take place Jan. 5-8, 2007, at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The coaching staffs and general managers from all 13 teams will be in attendance to scout talent at the combine, which concludes four days before the MLS SuperDraft.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America also honored Ebert and Purdy with spots on its Far West All-Region first team. Cal teammates Javier Ayala-Hil, a junior forward, and Andrew Jacobson, a junior midfielder, earned spots on the NSCAA Far West All-Region second team.
Ebert, a 20-game starter this season, scored eight points (3 goals, 2 assists) and one game-winning goal, the latter coming in a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 8). The midfielder from Irvine, Calif., who tied Jacobson as Cal's fifth-leading scorer, also earned a spot on the All-Pac-10 first team this season. He was All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2005.
The 6-4 Purdy, from San Jose, Calif., was Cal's second-leading scorer this season, with a career-high 12 points in 20 starts. An All-Pac-10 first-team selection in 2006, he was a member of the All-Pac-10 second team in 2005 and was and was all-conference honorable mention in 2004. This year, he has also scored a career-high five goals, including winners against San Jose State (Sept. 9) and Oregon State (Oct. 13) along with two assists. Cal's ironman was a fixture in the starting lineup, starting in 80 of the 82 games in which he played.
Another All-Pac-10 first-team pick this year, Ayala-Hil was Cal's leading scorer (26 points) and goalscorer (12). The East Palo Alto, Calif., product also scored a team-high five game-winning goals - against Dartmouth (2-1, Sept. 15), Sacramento State (2-0, Sept. 17), Washington (3-2, Oct. 15), UCLA (4-1, Oct. 29) and New Mexico (3-1, Nov. 15) - and notched a team-high 24 shots on goal this season.
Jacobson, who tallied three goals and two assists this season, is another All-Pac-10 first-team selection for 2006, when he started all 20 games for the Bears. From Palo Alto, Calif., Jacobson notched game-winning goals against UCLA (3-1, Sept. 22) and Washington (2-0, Oct. 8).
2006 NSCAA NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Far West All-Region Teams
Each * Indicates a Previous Selection
NSCAA Far-West 1st Team Year School Hometown State/Country
GK Tally Hall* Sr San Diego State University Gig Harbor Washington Def Andrew Boyens** Sr University of New Mexico Dunedin New Zealand Def Steve Purdy* Sr University of California, Berkeley San Jose California Def Andy Iro* Jr University of California, Santa Barbara Liverpool England Def Ty Harden Sr University of Washington Junction City Oregon MF Eric Avila So University of California, Santa Barbara Encinitas California MF Sal Zizzo So University of California, Los Angeles San Diego California MF Peter Lowry Jr Santa Clara University Fair Oaks California MF Eric Ebert Sr University of California, Berkeley Irvine California F Brad Evans* Sr University of California, Irvine Phoenix Arizona F Kevin Forrest Jr University of Washington Edmonds Washington F George Josten* Jr Gonzaga University Idaho Falls Idaho
NSCAA Far-West 2nd Team Year School Hometown State/Country
GK Luis Robles* Sr University of Portland Sierra Vista Arizona Def Sean Franklin* Jr California State University, Northridge Palmdale California Def Bobby Burling* Sr Loyola Marymount University Monument Colorado Def Rob Valentino* Jr University of San Francisco Cave Creek Arizona Def Nick Cardenas Fr San Diego State University Thorton Colorado MF Andrew Jacobson Jr University of California, Berkeley Palo Alto California MF George John So University of Washington Shoreline Washington MF Mike Farfan Fr California State University, Fullerton Chula Vista California F Javier Ayala-Hil Jr University of California, Berkeley East Palo Alto California F Ely Allen Jr University of Washington Kent Washington F Robert Findley** Sr Oregon State University Phoenix Arizona
NSCAA Far-West 3rd Team Year School Hometown State/Country
GK Geremy Uhl Sr University of San Francisco Cypress California Def Joey Mathot So University of Denver Port Moody, B.C. Canada Def Jamil Roberts Jr Santa Clara University Fremont California Def Mike Zaher Jr University of California, Los Angeles Las Vegas Nevada MF Galen Thompson Sr Stanford University Highlands Ranch Colorado MF Taylor Canel Sr California State University, Northridge Sherman Oaks California MF Diego Barrera Jr Loyola Marymount University Thousand Oaks California F Brian Byrne* Sr University of California, Santa Barbara Castledermot Ireland F Keith Devey Sr Santa Clara University Kula Hawaii F Brandon Barklage So University of New Mexico St Louis Missouri F Aaron Chandler* Sr University of San Francisco Riverside California