Aug. 7, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge men's soccer head coach Terry Davila announced that freshman Joseph Franco signed a national letter of intent to play for the Matadors beginning in the 2008 season. An outside back, Franco adds depth to the Matador backline and has experienced high levels of success while playing with the Los Angeles Futbol Club.
"We are very excited to add a player of Joe's quality so close to the start of the season," said Davila. "Joe possesses a great speed, good defensive awareness and a willingness to help the team achieve its goals."
Franco was recently a member of the LAFC U-18 team that went to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 Championships finals, losing a thrilling overtime match, 4-2, to the Baltimore Bays.
He played his high school soccer at St. Francis High School in La Canada-Flintridge, Calif., helping head coach Glen Apples compile a 25-2-1 record in 2007.
Franco earned numerous honors for his play in high school, receiving Second Team All-CIF and First Team All-Mission League honors in both of his seasons with the Golden Knights. He was also named to the All-Sa Gabriel Valley Team and the Pasadena Star News First Team following the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Franco and the Matadors open their 2008 season on Aug. 29, when they host Georgetown as part of the CSUN Men's Tournament. The Hoyas and CSUN will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field.