Aug. 1, 2012
SAN DIEGO - With the San Diego State men's soccer team set to step foot on campus in two weeks in preparation for the 2012 campaign, let's look back at how the summer has gone for SDSU standouts of the past and present.
Former Aztec and current San Jose Earthquakes defender Steve Beitashour was selected to his first MLS All-Star Game, helping MLS defeat Chelsea, 3-2, in the July 25 exhibition. Beitashour started the game, played the full 90 minutes, and gave SDSU an All-Star representative for the second-consecutive year after Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall made it in 2011. In all, there have been seven former SDSU players who have been selected to the MLS All-Star Game, including five-time selections Jimmy Conrad (2004-08) and Marcelo Balboa (1997-01). Other players to have donned the Scarlet and Black who were named MLS All-Stars include Ted Chronopoulos (1997, 2000), Cle Kooiman (1996) and Eric Wynalda (1996).
Beitashour has played and started 22 games, and logged 1,965 minutes, which is the second-highest total on the squad. His six assists are tied for the second most among his Earthquake teammates. San Jose sits atop the Western Conference with a record of 13-5-5 (44 points).
Hall, meanwhile, has started all of Houston's 22 games so far this season. The two-time All-American has made 54 saves and has recorded nine shutouts to date, already three more than he had in all of 2011. The fourth-year pro is a big reason the Dynamo has an overall record of 10-5-7 and is tied for second place in the Eastern Conference standings with 37 points.
A four-year Aztec letterwinner from 2003-07, Kraig Chiles scored two goals as a member of the U.S. Futsal National Team at the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Guatemala earlier this summer, as the U.S. finished third in Group A with a 1-2 record. Current SDSU junior Jordan Ongaro, meanwhile, played for the Canadian National Futsal team, which finished 0-3 with a loss to the U.S. squad, and came in fourth place in Group A.
Ongaro's new teammate, incoming freshman Julio Alarcon, also made news after being picked as one of 10 freshmen to watch in 2012 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Alarcon was one of two players from west coast teams and the only player from a Pac-12 Conference school to be recognized. Additionally, the El Paso, Texas, native was named to the West Conference U17/18 Starting XI by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The appointment marked the second straight year in which he has been named to his age group's Starting XI.
San Diego State will begin its quest for a national championship on Aug. 18, when it plays host to New Mexico in a friendly starting at 1 p.m. PT. The Aztecs' regular season gets underway in Indianapolis, Ind., when they participate in The adidas/IU Credit Union Classic where they will face Notre Dame (Aug. 31) and Indiana (Sept. 2).
SDSU's home opener is slated for Sept. 7, when it will Light the Night for the first time at Montezuma Road as Houston Baptist is set to visit for a 7 p.m. PT tilt. The Aztecs' game vs. HBU and its date vs. Ohio State on Sept. 9, will be a part of the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament. During the home-opening weekend, the program will also honor the 1987 team that advanced to the NCAA title game.