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Sporting 94b Recruit 19 Players to Collegiate Soccer Teams

April 9, 2013

The Santa Clara Sporting 94b Team are excited to announce the successful recruitment of 19 student athletes who were recruited to play collegiate soccer begining in the Fall of 2013. The team started-out back in 2005 as a Class 3 team, and rose through the ranks of the toughest competition in Northern California, and are now Ranked #11 in the US by GotSoccer.com.

"It has been a long road to reach this big milestone," said Gabe Foo, team manager. The team has been competing in one of the most talented and competitve age groups in the country, and this forced the team to develop really talented soccer players. In addition to soccer talent, players need academic results to get recruited into college, so the boys have to be just as committed to building academic succes off the field.

Mike Graczyk, the teams’ head coach added, "all our players are attending college, and some received entrance into prestigous programs and chosen to focus on academics after they finish playing at Sporting this Spring. Some of the guys are academic studs and it makes sense for them to prioritize academic choices over soccer choices. We want to thank Santa Clara Sporting for the incredible support to help our players achieve their dreams to play soccer in college."

Mike Graczyk, an Assistant Coach at Stanford is the teams’s head coach and another key component to the recruitment success. Mike competed at the University of New Mexico where he led the Lobos to a Final 4 in the NCAA Tournament. He was later drafted to the Colorado Rapids and played at the San Jose Earthquakes. Mike has been coaching collegiate soccer at Harvard and Stanford.

Santa Clara Sporting 94 (2012-13 grads)

  • Peter Laminette - Occidental College
  • Jose Avalos - DeAnza College
  • Chris Barnes - Williamette University
  • Danny Corral - California State University Bakersfield
  • Timothy Costa - Whitworth University
  • Ryan Foo - Northwest Nazarene University
  • Jacob Gronlund - Westmont College
  • Robert Hines - Notre Dame de Namur
  • Brian Kelley - Trinity College
  • Flint Mitchell - SMU
  • Ivan Ramirez - California State University Sacramento
  • Stephen Sorg - California State University Monterey Bay
  • Gerrit van Zyll - UC San Diego
  • William Velasco Villa - Academy of Arts College
  • Cullen Vincelette - UC Davis
  • Jonathan Diaz de Leon - Evergreen Valley College
  • Juan Santiago - Evergreen Valley College
  • David Garcia - West Valley College
  • Alex Soriano - West Valley College

The team has a handful of players still making final collegiate decisions and we will update this list before the Spring season ends.

Team Results:

  • 2013 Far West Regional (Region IV) Tournament Semi-finalists
  • 2013 Cal-North State Cup Champions
  • 2012 College Surf Cup Finalist
  • 2012 NorCal National Premier League Fall Champions (undefeated)
  • 2012 Far West Regional League Fall League playoff contenders (playoffs delayed until April 2013)
  • 2012 Far West Regional Tournament QuarterFinalist
  • GotSoccer Ranking: #3 in NorCal, #5 in Region IV, #11 in US
  • Ranked #2 in NorCal/Hawaii by TopDrawerSoccer
  • 2012 Far West Regional Tournament QuarterFinalist
  • 2012 SJFC College Showcase Champions
  • 2012 CYSA State Cup Finalist
  • 2011 Far West Regional Fall League Finalist
  • 2011 Schwan’s USA Cup Finalist
  • 2011 CYSA State Cup Finalist
  • 2010 US Club Soccer National Cup IX Regional Champions
  • 2010 Surf College Cup Finalist
  • 2010 Surf Cup Semi-finalist
  • 2010 Santa Clara Sporting Invitational Semi-finalist
  • 2010 Placer Prestige Cup Finalist
  • 2009-10 NorCal Premier State Cup Champions
  • 2009-10 CYSA State Cup Finalist
  • 2009 Santa Clara Sporting Invitational Semi-Finalist
  • 2010 Cerritos Memorial Challenge Cup Semi-Finalist
  • 2008, 2009 District II Cup Champions

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