UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team announced the signing of six players from California to national letters of intent.
Highlighting the list was Vincent Alvarez (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Michael Tetteh (Los Olivos, Calif.) In addition to Alvarez and Tetteh, four other standouts have agreed to wear the blue and gold next season. Midfielders Rod Fahmian (Riverside, Calif.) and Robbie Tulchin (Palos Verdes, Calif.), as well as defender Tim Pontius (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and forward David Ponce (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) will join the Gauchos this fall.
"Recruiting local players is very important to the success of our program," said UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg. "We are fortunate that California continues to produce such skilled players at the high school level and that we are able to attract some of the most talented players in the state each and every year."
Vincent Alvarez scored 16 goals and dishing out 10 assists as a senior at Santa Barbara High School. He led the Dons to an overall record of 19-3-3 and to their fourth consecutive Channel League title with a mark of 7-1-0 last season. A two-time all-league first team selection, Alvarez is a technical player expected to add depth on the right side of the midfield.
Along with U.S. youth national team players Bryan Rodriguez and Danny Barrera, the Gauchos now have a total of eight players who have committed to play for UCSB during the early signing period.