Spartan Summer: Ricky Dorrego

Baseball players are not the only Spartans competing over the summer. We catch up with Ricky Dorrego, a freshman member of the men’s soccer team in 2007-08, who is currently with San Jose Frogs F.C.

Dorrego, a San Jose native and former standout at nearby Lincoln High School, led the Spartans with five assists in a 2007 season that saw San Jose State go 10-9 overall and an even 5-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The five assists were tied for third-best in the six-team conference and tops among freshmen. He ranked fifth at 0.26 assists per game. Dorrego played in all 19 games, starting 18 of them.

The Frogs compete in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), and are tied for fifth in the 10-team Western Conference Southwest Division with 14 points from a 4-3-2 overall record.

Dorrego has played in seven of those nine games, starting twice. He came off the bench in San Jose’s last game, a 2-0 home loss to the San Fernando Valley Quakes on Sunday, June 15. On Saturday, May 10, Dorrego came on as a substitute and sealed a 2-0 road triumph at the Lancaster Rattlers with a late goal, as he got in behind the Rattlers’ defensive backline and hit a hard cross into the penalty box that deflected into the goal.

“The Frogs have been interesting this season,” said Dorrego. “We started out really well, but have struggled a little lately. This summer, I am trying to work on as much as possible, including my one-on-one defending, crossing the ball and just finishing my shots. I have also started to take on people down the line and not only beat them by passing, but occasionally beat them with my dribbling.”

Dorrego added his prediction for the 2008 European Championship, currently in the quarterfinal stages in Austria and Switzerland.

“I have been watching Euro 2008 and my favorite to win it is the Netherlands. I love their style of play, the way they move the ball so smoothly from left to right, all either one- or two-touch. It’s beautiful. They also score a ton of goals.”

Also on the Frogs' roster is Dorrego's current Spartan teammate, Gavin Wenyon, who will be a fifth-year senior in the coming season. Wenyon’s statistics indicate that he has played the full 90 minutes in eight matches. Additionally appearing on the roster are former San Jose State players Savio Carrijo, Nelson Diaz, Johnny Gonzalez, Ismael Ibarra, Dan Oka, Aaron Perego and Diego Soto, as well as Sylvester Kaar, the older brother of 2007 Spartan redshirt Boyah Kaar. The younger Kaar is training with the club.

The San Jose Frogs will contest their next two games in Southern California, at the Ventura County Fusion at Newbury Park (Calif.) High School on Friday, June 20, and the Los Angeles Legends at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University on Friday, June 27. Kick-off for both games is set for 7:30 p.m. The next Frogs home game will be against the Lancaster Rattlers at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 6. They play all of their home games at James Lick High School, located at 57 N. White Road in San Jose.

Other San Jose State Spartans with known playing destinations this summer include Efrain Burgos, Jr., and Lewis Sweeney with the Frogs’ PDL division rival San Francisco Seals, and Oscar Monjaras with the Santa Cruz Breakers of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

Burgos has two goals and one assist for five total points off a team-best 22 shots taken through six games played. Sweeney has played two full games in the Seals net, allowing just two goals in 180 minutes for a 1.00 goals-against-average. He has posted one shutout and made nine saves. Former Spartans Richard Halvorsen, Rawlston Masaniai and Yousef Samy also play for the Seals, which sit in a tie for third in the Southwest Division with 15 points at 4-2-3. Former San Jose State goalkeeper Dan Benton, now the back-up goalie for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, began the season with the Seals.

San Jose State tentatively begins the 2008 campaign, it’s 19th under current head coach Gary St. Clair, with an exhibition game against UC Santa Cruz on Friday, August 22, with the season opener slated to be against Notre Dame de Namur University exactly one week later, on Friday, August 29. Stay tuned to in the coming days for the official release of both the 2008 men’s and women’s soccer schedules.

Past 2008 Spartan Summer Features
June 12 - Jason Martin, Baseball
June 13 - Alex Sofranac, Baseball
June 16 - Craig Hertler, Baseball
June 19 - Ricky Dorrego, Men's Soccer