Former Matadors Prepare For International Competition
Dec. 11, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - On March 28, 2009, the El Salvador Men's National Soccer Team is scheduled to face the United States in a World Cup qualifying match that will also serve as a homecoming for Edwin Miranda.
After being named to the roster of his native country by head coach Carlos de los Cobos, Miranda now has an opportunity to compete against other elite soccer players around the world; an adventure that begins with his inaugural game as a member of `La Azul' in the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup 2009 beginning on January 22.
The two-time Big West Conference Defender of the Year was drafted with the 54th overall pick by the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) in the 2004 Major League Soccer SuperDraft after his four-year career as a Matador concluded in 2003.
Even though he was not named to the Burn's final roster, Miranda found a home in the United Soccer League's First Division as a member of the Portland Timbers.
His most successful season in Portland took place in 2005, when he appeared in 27 games, scoring four goals and earning four assists in the process.
Now a member of the Puerto Rico Islanders, Miranda has scored three goals in 75 games since joining the squad as a free agent in 2006, and will divide his time on the field between Puerto Rico and El Salvador in the upcoming months.
Currently a member of CD Suchitepequez, a soccer club competing in Guatemala's top division, Willie Sims now has an opportunity to showcase his skills and talents in his native country.
During his time on campus from 2003-2005, Sims earned Big West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year Honors in 2003 and 2004, and became the first Matador to earn All-Far West Region accolades three straight seasons.
For his talents and skills exhibited both on and off the pitch, the New England Revolution drafted selected Sims in the Second Round of the 2006 SuperDraft.
After spending two years in Major League Soccer for the Revolution, Sims returned to California to compete for the San Fernando Valley Quakes, a member of the Premier Development League before committing to Suchitepequez.