BR-7 UCLA had a solid showing in 2015, advancing to the second round of the NCAA D1 Men's Soccer Tournament, but struggled at times during the regular season. The Bruins bring back leading scorers Jose Hernandez (11 goals, 4 assists) and Seyi Adekoya (12 goals, 1 assist), as well as Abu Danladi, who dished out a team-high 10 assists a year ago. The Bruins also signed one of the top-rated recruiting classes, bringing in a number of players who could contribute from day one.
UCLA forward Seyi Adekoya will wear No. 11 for the Bruins this season (Courtesy of UCLA Athletics).
Head Coach: Jorge Salcedo
2015 Finish: 11-9-1 (Lost to Seattle in NCAA Tournament 2nd Round, 1-0)
Key Returners: Abu Danladi (F), Jose Hernandez (MF)
Games to Watch: Sept. 5 vs. Akron; Oct. 23 vs. Stanford
Key Newcomers: McKinze Gaines (F) – A consistent starter for the United States U-15, U-17 and U-19 National teams; Jason Romero (F) – A transfer player from Pima Community College who was named the ACCAC Division I Player of the Year after recording a school record 32 goals and 12 assists.
What Else? UCLA has an insane schedule this season, as the team takes on five other squads that are ranked in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25, including three in the Top 5.