Tony Lochhead Starts First Game For Revolution; Eric Avila Tries Out for U-20 National Team

March 9, 2006

ALAJEULA, Costa Rica - Former UC Santa Barbara All-American Tony Lochead got the first start of his career for the New England Revolution in its Champion's Cup Quarterfinal match in Alajeula, Costa Rica Wednesday night. In other Gaucho soccer news, sophomore midfielder Eric Avila was invited to the U-20 United States National Team camp in Florida.

Lochhead, who was selected by New England in the 3rd round (33rd overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, started and played the entire game. The Revolution fell 1-0 to LD Alajuelense in the Second Leg of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup Quarterfinal. LDA midfielder Carlos Hernandez scored on a free kick in the 90th minute to give LDA the 1-0 aggregate series victory.

In his four years at UC Santa Barbara, Lochhead missed just five matches, all because of suspension or national team duty. The 7,546 minutes played in his career are the most of any field player in UCSB history. He capped his four-year college career at UCSB by helping lead the Gauchos to the NCAA Division I College Cup Final. After his senior year, Lochhead was named NSCAA All-America Second Team, the highest honor ever bestowed upon a UCSB player, as well as making the All-Big West First Team and being named Big West Defensive Player of the Year.

The Revolution open their 2006 MLS campaign at home against the Chicago Fire on Sunday, April 30. Call 1-877-GET-REVS for season ticket information.

Avila, who appeared in 15 total matches for the Under-17 National Team before coming to Santa Barbara, was one of 23 players selected by head coach Thomas Rongen to participate in the initial 2006 camp.

The U-20 camp takes place from March 7-13 in Sunrise, Fla. All of the players chosen were born after Jan. 1, 1987, as the team begins preparations to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Avila joins Cal State Northridge goalkeeper Kevin Guppy in representing the Big West Conference at the U.S. National Team camp.

The team has two games scheduled during the week.

Courtesy New England Revolution media relations and ussoccer.com

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