Cal Men's Soccer Spring News and Notes
FORMER BEAR SIGNS PRO CONTRACT ABROAD Troy Cowell, who captained the Cal men's soccer team in 1994, recently signed a professional contact with K.V.C. Westerlo of the Belgian 1st Division and will play either defender of midfielder for the club this season. Cowell played for the San Francisco Bay Seals in 1996 and had signed to play Major League Soccer for the upcoming season before being contacted by K.V.C. Westerlo.
Originally a transfer from the University of Vermont, Cowell emerged as one of the Bears most versatile players, seeing action at sweeper, defender and in the midfield, during his lone season at Cal. A resident of Oakland with his wife, Lisa, Cowell plans to return to the Bay Area during the summer to coach at Mark Mallon's Summer Soccer Camp at Cal.
MALLON ADDS ANOTHER TOP-NOTCH PREP PICK-UP In addition to signing US National Team member Brian Purcell, Mallon also announced the signing of Westfield, New Jersey native, Dylan Dupre. A standout attacking forward while at Westfield High School, Dupre earned first team all-state honors following both his junior and senior seasons. He was also a US National team pool player during 1995 and '96. Dupre is expected to provide immediate help up font to the Bears attack as a forward.
BECK IS BACK After breaking his leg in Cal's game at Portland last fall, John Beck appears to be fully recovered and will return to his center midfield position when the Bears return to preseason training camp in the August. Prior to his injury, the Brown transfer helped lead the Bears to an undefeated 4-0-1 start and a No. 12 national ranking. With all the tools necessary to compete at the next level, many expect Beck to be playing professionally after next fall.
THREE BEARS SELECTED TO COMPETE IN ADIDAS SUMMER LEAGUE Three members of the Cal men's soccer team have been chosen to attend this year's Adidas Summer League, June 1-25, in Hartford, Conn. The ASL, which only invites the nation's top 80 players, tabbed goalkeeper Doug Brooks, defender Derrick Dyslin and midfielder John Beck among this year's selections.
The three will train and compete like professional players for the month, which kicks off with a draft during the first week that will divide the competitors into five 16-player teams. Cal head coach Mark Mallon, an ASL coaching veteran, has again been selected to coach at the ASL will accompany the three. He will not, however, be permitted to coach Cal players pursuant to NCAA rules.