Junior Burgos Earns PDL All-Conference Honors

Tampa, Fla. - San Jose State University’s Efrain Burgos, Jr., was named to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) All-Western Conference Team on Friday, July 25.

A total of 44 players were honored on four 11-person all-conference squads, as voted on by team coaches and general managers.

Burgos, a native of Santa Ana, El Salvador, and 2006 graduate of Westmoor High School in Daly City, Calif., produced four goals and two assists for 10 total points during the 2008 summer season for the San Francisco Seals of the Western Conference Southwest Division. He was credited with a team-leading 32 shots taken over 11 games played, as the Seals narrowly missed out on a top-two finish in the 10-team division and subsequent conference playoff berth with an overall record of 8-5-3, good enough for a third-place tie.

As an attacking central midfielder, Burgos’ four strikes came at key moments for San Francisco, including the 89th-minute game-winner from long range in a 2-0 home victory over the Los Angeles Legends on July 12.

On the team’s official website, Seals head coach Tom Simpson had this to say about Burgos.

“His work rate increased, and defense improved as the season went on. We had several key games that really turned around for us when Junior went in there. He had a big impact in our match in Bakersfield (a 2-0 Seals victory on July 5).”

Burgos, along with central defender Doug Carr of Sonoma State University, was one of two San Francisco Seals to gain selection to the All-Western Conference squad. He is now set to re-join head coach Gary St. Clair’s San Jose State Spartans for his sophomore season of college soccer, as their training camp opens on Wednesday, August 13.

San Jose State hosts UC Santa Cruz in an exhibition game at Spartan Stadium on Friday evening, August 22. Kick-off is set for 5:00 p.m., with the Spartan women taking on South Bay rival Santa Clara University in their 2008 season opener immediately afterward as part of a doubleheader. The Spartan men begin the 2008 campaign for real exactly one week later, hosting Notre Dame de Namur University at 3:00 p.m. at Spartan Field on Friday, August 29.