July 6, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Three members of the Santa Clara University men's soccer team were named to the 17-player roster for the upcoming Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sophomore Stephen McCarthy along with incoming freshmen Jalil Anibaba and Kevin Klasila will travel to Brazil for the Games, which begin on July 13.
The United States, led by head coach Bob Jenkins, will open the tournament on July 15 against Venezuela at 2:15 p.m. PT at the Zico Football Center before taking on Bolivia on July 18 at 11 a.m. PT at the Miecimo da Silva Sport Complex. The U.S. will round out group play against Mexico on July 21 at 6 a.m. PT at Brazil's famed Maracana Stadium. The tournament semifinals will take place on July 24 and the third place and final matches will be held on July 27, all at Maracana Stadium.
McCarthy had a stellar freshman campaign at SCU in 2006, earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors while helping the Broncos reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. He started 22 out of 23 games in center midfield in his first season as the Broncos captured the WCC title for the second time in four years. He notched an assist in the Broncos' 3-2 overtime win against Washington in the second round of the NCAAs. McCarthy made an appearance with the U-20 national team in October, 2006, and also traveled to Mexico for the Copa Chivas with the U-18 team in February.
Anibaba recently made his first appearance with the United States Under-20 national team, entering as a sub in the game against Argentina on May 15 at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. The U.S. fell to the defending U-20 World Champions 1-0. With the U-18 national team, he completed a training camp in March at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., where the team played Virginia, UCONN and the U.S. U-17 team. Anibaba also traveled with the U-18 team to Mexico for the Copa Chivas in February, along with McCarthy. Anibaba was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of California earlier this spring. He becomes the second Gatorade Player of the Year on the Broncos, joining freshman Kellen Wantulok, who won the award for Idaho. Anibaba had an outstanding career at Davis (CA) Senior High School and was named all-league from 2004-06 and All-Metro in 2005 and 2006, while being named the league's defensive player of the year in 2005. He also led his team to a section championship in 2005 and a league championship in 2006.
Klasila is one of two goalkeepers to make the trip to Brazil for the tournament. He made an appearance at the U-18 training camp in March, alongside Anibaba and Santa Clara redshirt freshman Ricky Character. The graduate of Loyola High School in Los Angeles had 35 shutouts during his junior and senior seasons, while being named the Mission League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006 and 2007. As a senior, he won the CIF Defensive Player of the Year award as his team won the Mission League and CIF titles. Klasila also played club soccer for Real SoCal.