Garza Named Preseason All-American

Junior forward Sam Garza has been named a Second Team Preseason All-American by College Soccer News it was announced on Friday. Garza is one of 33 players nationally that has been picked for this honor and one of nine forwards.

The defending Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year led the Gauchos with nine goals and added six assists for a team-leading 24 points in 2010.
 
For the complete list of preseason All-Americans, click here
 
Garza is not the only Gaucho that has been noticed on the national level heading into the 2011 campaign. Three Gauchos have been listed on Top Drawer Soccer's "Joe's Big Board" – a listing of the top prospects for professional soccer.

Senior midfielder Luis Silva has been listed at No. 19 among college seniors. Sophomore forward David Opoku and junior midfielder Machael David, have been ranked sixth and 19th, respectively, on the underclassmen list.
 
For the complete lists, click here.

The UCSB men's soccer team has been ranked No. 9 in the College Soccer News Preseason Poll and were most recently ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA National Rankings released on Tuesday. The Gauchos were one of just three West Coast teams – along with No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 Cal – ranked among the nation's top-20 in the NSCAA poll.
 
Several of UCSB's 2011 opponents also made the NSCAA Top-30: No. 2 Akron (Oct. 5), No. 6 UCLA (Sept. 16), No. 23 Duke (Sept. 2) and No. 24 UC Irvine. 

For the complete NSCAA Preseason Poll, click here
 
Just one week remains before the UCSB men's soccer team opens its 2011 campaign with an exhibition match against Westmont on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
 
To ensure you don't miss a minute of the 2011 soccer season, purchase your season tickets now by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or by clicking here.
 
There are a number of value-packed ways to catch the Gauchos this season from the affordable Family Plan to the brand-new V-Pack! And the popular GKids club is back with added features for kids 8th grade and under.