Soccer Newcomer Dorrego Earns National Recognition

Tallahassee, Fla. - Ricky Dorrego of the San Jose State University men’s soccer team has been named to the College Soccer News national listing of “100 Freshmen To Keep An Eye On” for the 2007 season.

Dorrego, a midfielder and San Jose native, was chosen the San Jose Mercury News “Player of the Year” following his senior season at nearby Lincoln High School.

San Jose State, which opened training camp with the first of three straight triple-days on Wednesday, August 15, hosts UC Santa Cruz in an exhibition match on Friday, August 24. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for 5:00 p.m. The Spartans then open the 2007 regular season with a five-game road swing. That stretch begins at the Davidson adidas Classic in Davidson, N.C., against Charlotte on Friday, August 31, with the event serving as the team’s first out-of-region foray since the 1995 season.

The Spartans return 13 letterwinners, eight of them starters, from a 2006 squad that went 7-10-1 overall and tied for fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 4-6 mark. Entering his 18th season in charge at his alma mater, head coach Gary St. Clair has named juniors Richard Mann and Ed Brand, both All-MPSF selections a year ago, as his co-captains. A third All-MPSF honoree also returns in midfielder Hiroki Akiyama. The Spartans were picked to finish third in the MPSF this season.

RICKY DORREGO
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team (Coach Josh Sotelo) at nearby Lincoln High School in San Jose...named the San Jose Mercury News boy’s soccer “Athlete of the Year,” becoming the first Lincoln player to earn the newspaper’s top honor in any sport...also named to the 11-player Mercury News All-Central Coast Section first team, the Mercury News “Senior of the Year,” the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division “Senior of the Year” and first-team all-league...produced seven goals and 20 assists from his central midfield spot in leading the Lions (19-3-2) to their first top-level BVAL Mount Hamilton Division crown in any boy’s sport, and a CCS Division I semifinal appearance, the furthest any of the school’s teams had reached...as a junior, honored as the BVAL Santa Teresa Division “Most Valuable Player” and a first-team all-league pick while leading Lincoln to the BVAL Santa Teresa Division crown and the CCS quarterfinals...had 22 goals and 13 assists that year...second-team All-BVAL Santa Teresa Division selection as a sophomore...Santa Teresa Division “Freshman of the Year” in his first season of prep soccer.

CLUB/OTHER: Played with current teammate Brent Young on the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region IV team in 2006-07...previously participated in ODP through the District II team in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the Cal-North state team in 2005 and 2006...in 2004, played four games with the Mexican national team at the U15 level...had an open invitation to join professional side Club Necaxa of the Mexican first division, but chose to continue his studies...has played his club soccer since 2003 for SIPD-America (Coach Paco Uribe).