Aug. 24, 2010
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State's 2010 men's soccer recruiting class has received a No. 29 national ranking from College Soccer News. It is the fourth year in a row that the Aztecs have had a top-30 recruiting class, and the fifth time in the last six seasons that they've been ranked in the top 40.
The 2010 recruiting class, consisting of 12 players, is the largest of head coach Lev Kirshner's 10-year tenure. Ten high school prospects and two college transfers will be asked to replace seven seniors, three of whom were Major League Soccer draft picks.
The individual accolades of Kirshner's class include an under-18 U.S. National Team starter, two U-17 and U-20 Canadian National Team members, a high school All-American, an adidas ESP participant, multiple starters on regional ODP teams and two top-100 nationally-ranked players.
The Aztecs are one of four Pac-10 squads to receive top-40 rankings. Perennial powerhouse UCLA picked up the top rated class, with California (No. 15) and Stanford (No. 31) also included. The Aztecs' No. 29 class ranked ahead of Big Ten schools Michigan State (No. 30) and Wisconsin (No. 35), as well as a pair of Big West squads in UC Irvine (No. 32) and Cal Poly (No. 38).
The Aztecs kick off their campaign with a friendly at Cal State Northridge on Aug. 27, followed by a trip to Loyola Marymount on Sept. 1. SDSU then plays host to an alumni exhibition on Sept. 4 before traveling west on Interstate-8 for a Sept. 5 derby match at the University of San Diego.