Edwin Velazquez (Antioch, Calif./City College of San Francisco) and Eduardo Verduzco (Bell Gardens, Calif./Hartnell College) will join the Spartans in the fall 2011 semester.
"We brought in players that add strength to our offense and defense," says head coach Gary St. Clair who is entering his 22nd season at San Jose State. "Both of our new players can compete immediately and add specific help in areas we need them."
Edwin Velazquez, Defender, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
The First-Team All Conference defender anchored a defense that posted a 16-3-5 win-loss record in 2009 at City College of San Francisco. He produced five goals in 2010, second highest on the team.
A two-time First-Team Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) honoree in 2008 at Pittsburg High (Pittsburg, Calif.) and at Deer Valley High School (Antioch, Calif.) in 2007. Awarded defensive Most Valuable Player in 2008 after Pittsburg High won the North Coast Section (NCS) Championship and posted a 21-4-1 win-loss record.
Edwin played club soccer for the MLS Chivas USA U-18 team.
"Edwin is a solid defender," says St. Clair. "He plays as a central defender, but I think he can also play somewhere else. Edwin is a very strong defender that will help us immediately."
Eduardo Verduzco, Forward, Hartnell College, Salinas, Calif.
An All-American at Hartnell College in 2009. Picked up Forward of the Year honors in 2008 as a freshman, leading Hartnell to a Coast Conference Division Championship. Produced 34 goals and 11 assists in his two-year stint.
Eduardo was a three-time First-Team All-Mission Trail Athletic League forward at Gonzales High School (Salinas, Calif.). Scored two goals in the Central Coast Section (CCS) final to win the Division II boys soccer title in 2008, the first ever CCS title for Gonzales High. He was named to the 2008 All-County team by the Salinas Californian and Monterey County Herald.
Played club soccer with Orchard Valley Sharks, Ruckus and Diablitos.
"Eduardo was an All-American striker at Hartnell and will be able to compete immediately," states St. Clair. "He has a big left foot and has a history of scoring goals."