With the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, sports fans have looked for answers as to what is next for collegiate athletics.
UCLA men’s soccer – which finished second-to-last in the Pac-12 in coach Ryan Jorden’s inaugural season in 2019 – has responded by bringing in a fresh 11.
It’s been nearly a year since Varsity Blues sent shockwaves through the nation.
And while the constant headlines and daily press coverage of the scandal have since winded down, the effects of the scandal are still fresh on the campus of UCLA.
The Bruins have gone international.
The 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is set to kick off Thursday in Paraguay as four former UCLA men’s soccer athletes will compete on the sand for Team USA, as will one former Bruin coach from the sidelines for the U.S.
When Germany found the back of the net seven times to beat Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Marcony Pimentel sat there crying.
The junior midfielder for UCLA men’s soccer (6-9-3, 2-6-2 Pac-12) said he hadn’t cried for the Brazilian national team since he was a child.
After the 2017 season, the Bruins finished with a winning percentage of .417 – their worst since 1948.
Two years later, the 2019 season has come to an end, and the Bruins have managed to post a .417 percentage again.
Junior forward Milan Iloski is a UCLA record-breaking soccer player. Assistant Video producer Samuel In plays soccer on the weekends. Same thing, right?
They talk about Iloski’s greatest achievements as In tries to block Iloski’s shots.
Despite missing out on an at-large tournament bid, the Bruins have a chance to finish their season on a high note.
UCLA men’s soccer (5-9-3, 1-6-2 Pac-12) will take a trip down south to visit San Diego State on Saturday (4-11-2, 1-8-0), as the two squads face off for the second time this season.
The Bruins have just one game left in their Pac-12 schedule.
But the game will come against an opponent who isn’t even a true member of the conference, illustrating the underlying problems of Pac-12 men’s soccer.
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