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Maurice Edu
Position:
Defender
Born:
April 18, 1986 in Fontana, California
Height:
6’0”
Weight:
170
Club:
Toronto FC (MLS)

Drafted by Toronto FC as the first overall pick of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Edu has scored four goals in 24 matches from his defensive midfielder spot and is attracting serious consideration for Rookie of the Year honors. He played three years at the University of Maryland (2004-2006), winning a national championship in 2005 and garnering first-team All-America honors in 2006. Listen to Maurice Edu speak about playing for a brand new club in his rookie year.

 
Robbie Findley
Position:
Forward
Born:
August 4, 1985 in Phoenix, Arizona
Height:
5’9”
Weight:
165
Club:
Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Drafted in 2007 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 16th overall pick, he moved to Real Salt Lake along with Nathan Sturgis in June and has rewarded his new side by scoring a team-high five goals in 15 matches. Findley earned All Pac-10 honors in all four seasons of his career at Oregon State (2003-2006). He holds dual citizenship with the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, and is a cousin of NBA point guard Mike Bibby (Sacramento Kings) and NFL wide receiver Shaun McDonald (Detroit Lions). Listen to Robbie Findley explain the personal challenge of being traded mid-season as a rookie.
 
Tally Hall
Position:
Goalkeeper
Born: May 5, 1985 in SeaTac, Washington
Height:
6’4”
Weight:
205
Club:
Esbjerg FB (Danish Superligaen)

A two-time NSCAA All-American at San Diego State University (2003-2006), he became the first Aztec All-American since Marcelo Balboa (1989). Drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, he chose to ply his trade overseas by signing with Esjberg FB of the Danish Superligaen. Listen to Tally Hall talk about why he chose to play in Denmark.
 
Steve Purdy
Position:
Defender
Born:
February 2, 1985 in Bakersfield, California
Height:
6’4”
Weight:
190
Club:
1860 Munich (German Second Bundesliga)

Purdy played four years at the University of California Berkeley (2003-2006), and was a first team All Pac-10 selection in 2006. Drafted as the fifth pick in the first round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, he chose to sign with 1860 Munich, arriving at the club at the same time as Josh Wolff. Listen to Steve Purdy describe how he was discovered by 1860 Munich.
 

Chris Seitz
Position:
Goalkeeper
Born:
March 12, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California
Height:
6’4”
Weight:
210
Club:
Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Real Salt Lake made Seitz the second-highest goalkeeper ever selected when he was chosen as the fourth overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. Seitz is coming off an outstanding performance at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, helping the U.S. U-20’s reach the quarterfinals this past summer. He spent two years at the University of Maryland (2005-2006), becoming the first starting freshman goalkeeper to ever win the NCAA Championship and claiming ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006. Listen to Chris Seitz speak about what he learned from the experience of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

 

Danny Szetela
Position:
Midfielder
Born:
June 7, 1987 in Passaic, New Jersey
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
172
Club:
Racing Santander (Spanish Primera División)

A graduate of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in 2003, Szetela turned in one of the standout performances at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring three goals, including two against Poland, the country of both of his parents. At the age of 17, he was put into a league-wide lottery by MLS that was broadcast live on ESPNews and won by the Columbus Crew. Szetela played 28 games for the Crew before his efforts in Canada this summer earned him a transfer to Racing Santander in Spain’s prestigious La Liga. Listen to Danny Szetela explain why he chose to transfer to Spain.

 

Preston Zimmerman
Position:
Forward
Born: November 11, 1988 in Pasco, Washington
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
180
Club:
Hamburg SV (German Bundesliga)

Another product of the Bradenton residency program, Zimmerman started all four matches in the USA’s quarterfinal run at the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru. His effort in that tournament caught the notice of Hamburg SV in Germany, who signed Zimmerman to a contract at the age of 17, although the deal did not become official until his 18th birthday. In his second season with the Hamburg reserves, he has scored five goals in 12 matches. Zimmerman was a last minute addition to the U-20 team that reached the quarters of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada this past summer, while his younger brother Brandon played for the U-17’s in their second round finish in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea. Listen to Preston Zimmerman describe the challenge of trying to fight for a place in the first team in Hamburg.

 

 

 

 

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