August 3, 2009

Former and Current Gauchos Playing in PDL Final

Aug. 3, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Three former UC Santa Barbara men's soccer players, and one current player, will be playing in the Premier Development League championship game this Saturday at Buena High School in Ventura.

Danny Barrera, who started 12 games for the Gauchos last season, as well as former Gaucho standouts Alfonso Motagalvan, Ivan Becerra and Bryan Byrne will be playing for the Ventura Fusion of the PDL. The league is part of the United Soccer League and helps serve as a minor league to other professional soccer leagues.

Ventura's team will face the Chicago Fire Premier team for the PDL championship. In last week's semifinal in Laredo, Texas, Barrera scored a goal in Ventura's 6-1 win over the Bradenton (Fla.) Academics.

UCSB's soccer team, which has been ranked in the Top-25 a school-record seven straight seasons, and opens its season with an exhibition on Saturday, Aug. 22 vs. Westmont.

The Golden Scarf: A New Tradition
To reward and recognize our loyal soccer supporters, we will present the "Golden Scarf" to fans who have donated and/or purchased season tickets for five consecutive seasons. The scarves will be presented during a special halftime ceremony during the October 2 game vs. Indiana.

Recently, season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season went on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here.

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