May 26, 2006

Tony Lochhead Competes Against Chile; Thiago Martins Joins the Rapids

May 26, 2006

SANTIAGO, Chile - Former UC Santa Barbara All-American Tony Lochead rejoined the New Zealand National Team for two matches against Chile April 25 and 27. In other Gaucho soccer news, standout forward Thiago Martins was acquired by the Colorado Rapids from the New York Red Bulls April 21.

Lochhead, who began his play on New Zealand's National teams with the Under-16 squad and has competed on each concurrent squad up to and including the Under-23's, started in each game against Chile. The All Whites dropped both matches, falling 4-1 on April 25 in the town of Racagua, before losing a 1-0 decision two days later in Calera. Striker Shane Smeltz netted New Zealand's only goal of the two-match series in the 14th minute of the opener.

The Tauranga, New Zealand native was selected by New England of the MLS in the 3rd round (33rd overall) of the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Lochhead has appeared in four games in his first season with the Revolution, starting twice. His first-career start came April 30 in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.

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.

Martins, meanwhile, was acquired by the Rapids from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for forward Jean Philippe Peguero. The trade also sends the Red Bulls' 2007 First and Third Round Natural Draft picks to Colorado.

The Sao Paolo, Brazil native, who joined the MLS in 2003, played two seasons with DC United before Chivas USA claimed him in the 2005 MLS Expansion Draft. Martins played a total of 22 games for the Los Angeles-based club, netting three goals and one assist with Chivas. He played in just one game for the New York Red Bulls before being traded to the Rapids.

Martins became the first Gaucho to sign a professional contract with an MLS team when he signed on to play for DC United. While at UCSB he earned First Team All-MPSF honors as a senior after leading the squad with six goals and 14 points.

Courtesy New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids media relations and nzsoccer.com