Note: This list will be added to in the coming days.
San Jose, Calif. - Several current and former San Jose State University men’s soccer players are playing competitively this summer.
From the expected 2009 Spartan squad, Ricky Dorrego, Oscar Monjaras and newcomer Nick Murphy are playing for NorCal LaMorinda United SC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), based out of Orinda, Calif.
Stephen Cordova is playing for the second summer in a row with the San Francisco Seals, formerly of the Premier Development League (PDL). The forward, who will be a second-year Spartan senior in 2009, tallied five goals over his first four matches this summer for the Seals.
Brian McGuire, along with former Spartans Nelson Diaz and Dan Oka, are with PSA (Pacific Soccer Academy) Los Gatos (Calif.) Storm, the 2008 NorCal Premier League champions.
Among former players, the lone former Spartan in Major League Soccer remains C.J. Brown, now in his team-record 12th season with the Chicago Fire. The Fire captain has started all four matches he has played with the Fire this season, remaining on the field for 259 minutes. The long-time defender is still Chicago’s career leader in games played (256) and started (251), as well as minutes played (22,203). Brown is also in the league’s top 20 for games and starts.
Frankie Sanfilippo is now in his first season with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division. He spent the previous two seasons with the league rival Carolina RailHawks, tallying one goal in 51 matches and ascending to the position of team captain. Sanfilippo’s pro career began in 2004 with the Syracuse Salty Dogs of the USL First Division after he was initially drafted into MLS by the San Jose Earthquakes. He appeared in 25 matches for the Salty Dogs, before moving on to the Rochester (N.Y.) Rhinos, scoring one goal over 53 games in two seasons. In 2006, the native of San Diego, Calif., one of just three Spartans who were four-time All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorees, was a member of the Rhinos’ 2006 squad that lost in the title game to Vancouver. He made the USL All-Star team.
Sanfilippo has notched two of Charleston’s 14 goals this season, tied with one teammate for second on the squad, on three shots from his defensive spot. He is one of just two Battery players to have stayed on the field for all 1,350 minutes of 15 matches to date. Charleston is 7-2-6 on the year, having had its 12-game unbeaten streak to open the season snapped with back-to-back 1-0 defeats at the Puerto Rico Islanders last week. The Battery got back on the winning track with a 1-0 defeat of the Islanders at their own Blackbaud Stadium, on Thursday, June 25, in a game which was televised live nationally by Fox Soccer Channel. Sanfilippo assisted on Randi Patterson’s 30th-minute game-winner. The result enabled Charleston to reclaim first place in the 11-team USL First Division, two points ahead of Puerto Rico.
Dan Benton, the former Spartan goalkeeper who will be in his second season as the volunteer assistant coach under Gary St. Clair in 2009, is with the PDL’s Southern California Seahorses in La Mirada, Calif. He has played 630 minutes over seven matches as the team’s primary net-minder, with a 1.57 goals-against-average, a 2-2-3 record, one shutout and 26 saves.
Richard Halvorsen and Rawlston Masaniai are playing for the San Francisco Seals. According to the Seals, Masaniai had a recent tryout for the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS.
Ed Brand reportedly has earned a tryout with West Ham United of the English Premier League in London, England, this summer.
Former Major League Soccer All-Star Ryan Suarez has retired from professional soccer.