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February 11, 2011 > CSUEB soccer signs seven

CSUEB soccer signs seven

Submitted By Kelly Hayes

Coach Andy Cumbo and the Cal State East Bay men's soccer team announced the signing of seven players for the 2011 season last week. The signees include four high school seniors and three midyear transfers.

"Our objective was to bring in quality student-athletes who fit in well with our system, and who can help us be more competitive with and without the ball," Cumbo said. "These young men are very good students, solid citizens and quality soccer players."

Hailing from Lake Forest, Collin Parker is a senior at El Toro High School. As a junior, Parker helped guide El Toro to the CIF Southern Section title, collecting his team's Future Pride Award. This year, the 5-9 senior was an All-Sea View League selection and part of the Charger team that reached the CIF quarterfinals.

Parker has been a club player since the age of 10, and currently plays for United FC. During the last four years, Parker has helped his teams to the 2010 Premier North/South Challenge Championship and CSL Premier League title, the 2009 Nomads College Showcase Championship and the 2008 Albion Cup title.

"Collin has had an excellent career at the youth level and his club team has won just about everything," Cumbos said. "He is a very consistent left back and is also great going forward. He will have an immediate impact to our back line."

Adrian Maldonado is a center back out of Vintage High School in Napa. As a two-year captain, Maldonado led the Crushers to back-to-back Monticello Empire League titles. Maldonado is a two-time County Defensive Player of the Year, M.E.L. Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference selection.

"Adrian is a very strong, assertive and serious defender," Cumbo said. "He is very vocal and has great leadership skills. He will make an immediate impact on our back line."

A 5-5 midfielder from Inglewood, Miguel Padilla is currently finishing his senior year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Padilla helped the Cubs to back-to-back Mission League titles and to a CIF Southern Section semifinals appearance as a sophomore. Padilla plays his club soccer with South Bay Force Soccer Club where he helped the team to the 2010 West Coast Futbol Classic title, and undefeated records in the Coast Soccer Premier League and North-South California Premier State Championships.

"Miguel is a very technical and creative midfielder," Cumbo said. "He is good at setting players up in front of the goal and also a very good finisher."

Hailing from Redlands, Kramer Gudgeon is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School. The 6-3 goalkeeper is currently serving as a team captain and has posted a 1.01 goals against average and eight shutouts through 20 games.

"Kramer is a very good young goalkeeper," Cumbo said. "He's played at a high level and has a lot to offer."

A native of England, Craig Davies joins the Pioneers from Santa Barbara City College, where he captained the Vaqueros for two seasons. At SBCC, Davies helped lead the team to back-to-back Western State Conference titles and a pair of playoff appearances. The 5-8 defender earned All-Western State Conference First Team honors as a freshman after scoring three goals and dishing out 11 assists.

Before moving to the U.S. in 2008, Davies played for eight years with the academy team for the English Premier League's Birmingham City Football Club. At age 16, Davies broke into Birmingham City's reserve team, earning a call up to the England Under-17 National Team. During his time with Birmingham, Davies was invited to play with several other EPL teams, captained the squad on all international tours and traveled to Italy, France and Germany.

"Craig has a very extensive playing resume and brings a very different background to our group," Cumbo said. "His leadership on and off the field will help us as will his level of play."

Tyler Watterson is a transfer out of Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. Watterson was a team captain and started every game for the Pumas in 2008 and 2010.

"Tyler brings maturity and experience," Cumbo said. "He had a successful career at the community college level and adds intensity and competitiveness to a very talented goalkeeper corps."

Hailing from San Jacinto, Andres Morales was a four-year starter at San Jacinto High School. The 5-11 midfielder was named first-team all-league as a freshman and earned second-team all-league and team MVP honors as a sophomore.

"Andres is a strong and technical attacking player who is an excellent goal scorer," Cumbo said.

The seven signees will join a roster that will feature 21 returning freshman, including NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men's Division II All-West Region Third Team honoree Bryce Bookhamer.

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