SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's men's soccer head coach Cameron Rast announced that five prep seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the university and play for the Broncos in 2010.
Santa Clara landed a deep class, loading up on five U.S. Soccer Development Academy players, including area stars Keigo Kameya (Cupertino, California) and Carlos Montes (San Jose, California); one of the top defenders from the state of Texas, Mark Daus (Plano, Texas); and two Southern California standouts: Phillip Muscarella (Camarillo, California) and Michael Gates (Pasadena, California).
"The 2010 class is a talented group of players from some of the best clubs in the country," said Rast. "Each player brings something a little different to the team in terms of their skill and ability yet they all have the potential to greatly impact our program. What I am most excited about is their desire to be at Santa Clara and achieve great things within the program. I look forward to August and the chance to begin working with them."
The Broncos have a storied soccer tradition, qualifying for 18 NCAA College Cup Tournaments. SCU advanced to the 2006 NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and the Sweet 16 in 2007. Rast has led the Broncos to three West Coast Conference titles.
Clara University Men's Soccer Signees:
Mark Daus - Plano, Texas (Jesuit College Prep/Dallas Texans Academy)
Keigo Kameya - Cupertino, Calif. (Lynbrook High School/DeAnza Force Academy)
Carlos Montes - San Jose, Calif. (James Lick High School/DeAnza Force Academy)
Phillip Muscarella - Camarillo, Calif. (Newbury Park High School/Real SoCal)
Michael Gates - Pasadena, Calif. (St. Francis High School/LAFC Chelsea Academy)
Hometown: Plano, Tex.
High School: Jesuit College Prep
Club Team: Dallas Texans Academy
Rast on Daus: "Mark has a great ability to impact a game in a couple ways. His strength is to organize the players in front of him which in turn allows him to read the game and make the necessary plays defensively. What is even more impressive is not that he can make plays himself, but his ability to influence the team's success. His record with his clubs and high schools speaks volumes."
• Led Jesuit College Prep to a No. 1 national ranking by
ESPN Rise in 2010
• Anchored Jesuit defense that allowed just three goals during the 2010 regular season
• Led Jesuit to a 23-1 season as a junior in 2009
• Coached by Charles DeLong at Jesuit
• Texas All-District 8-5A honoree in 2009
• 2009 Texas all-state and all-region selection
• 2010 Dallas Morning News `Player to Watch'
• U.S. Soccer Development Academy player (Dallas Texans Academy)
Hometown: Cupertino, Calif.
High School: Lynbrook High School
Club Team: De Anza Force Academy
Rast on Kameya: "Keigo has a great combination of athleticism and work rate. He is a talented forward with the ability to score goals and put defenses under pressure. As good as he is now, we only see him maturing into an even better player. We look forward to him combining with his brother to create an effective attacking combination."
• Older brother, Takahide Kameya,
plays soccer at Santa Clara
• U.S. Soccer Development Academy player (De Anza Force SC)
• USL Super-Y League player
• TopDrawerSoccer.com 2010 `Player to Watch'
• Coached by Santa Clara staff while playing with De Anza Force SC
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: James Lick High School
Club Team: De Anza Force Academy
Rast on Montes: "Carlos has a unique ability to make a fast-paced game look slow. His ability to read the game tactically and use his technical speed of play is going to give the team a new dimension in the creative part of our midfield."
• U.S. Soccer Development Academy player (De Anza Force
• 2009 US Soccer Academy Select Team/Showcase selection
• Coached by Santa Clara staff while playing with De Anza Force Academy
• 2010 Northwest Division Market Training team honoree
Hometown: Camarillo, Calif.
High School: Newbury Park High School
Club Team: Real So Cal Soccer Club
Rast on Muscarella: "Phil is a great competitor and athlete as evident of his multi-sport success. In terms of soccer, he brings ability on both sides of the ball. He can attack and defend effectively. He is tough and yet has the ability to play. Now that he will be primarily focused on soccer we can't wait to see him reaching his potentials."
• Three-time All-Marmonte League honoree at Newbury Park
• 2009 All-CIF and all-county defender
• Played four-years on varsity at Newbury Park, team captain as junior and senior
• Led Newbury Park to the 2008 Marmonte League title and CIF-SS finals
• 2009 Surf Cup and Dallas Cup champion (Real So Cal)
• Four-time scholar-athlete award winner
• Coached by Ignacio Saldain at Newbury Park
• Also starred at wide receiver, defensive back and kicker for Newbury Park football team
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
High School: St. Francis High School
Club Team: LAFC Chelsea Academy
Rast on Gates: "Michael is a talented midfielder sought after by many top schools across the country. His ability to integrate attacking play and defensive responsibility is vital to his club's success. His talent was not in question as we went through the recruiting process; it became important to know whether he was committed to Santa Clara and our program. I couldn't be more pleased that he chose to come to SCU."
• U.S. Soccer Development Academy (LAFC Chelsea)
• Led LAFC Chelsea to 2009 first place Divisional Standings
• Coached by Glen Appels at St. Francis
• Exceptional student; honor roll at St. Francis every semester since 2006