SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven members of the Sacramento State men's soccer team are competing this summer in the Premier Development League (PDL) and the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
"We try and place as many guys as we can during the summer in good training and playing environments," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "To be able to train at a high level and get quality games in over the summer - for two to three months - is very important for the guys to come back sharp and fit."
Seniors Gabe Silveira and Isaac Ikyurav are starring for FC Tucson in the PDL, as last Thursday the pair helped their team cruise to a 9-1 win over the OC Blues. Ikyurav got the scoring started with a goal in the 10th minute and Silveria found the back of the net twice in the contest. The win pushed FC Tucson's unbeaten streak to seven matches before a 1-0 setback on Saturday.
That loss came against Fresno Fuego, which includes Hornet senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo and is currently undefeated in the PDL. Castillo didn't play in that game but recorded a 4-0 shutout in the team's previous game on June 1, making four saves for the blank sheet. Sacramento State junior Chimdum Mez and redshirt freshman Teddy Sampson are also in the PDL as they are working out with the Los Angeles Misioneros.
The Hornets also have representation in the NPSL, including a local connection with Sacramento Gold FC. Sophomore Edwin Luna has helped the Gold to a 5-2-2 record thus far and second place in the NPSL West Region Northern Division. Incoming freshman goalkeeper James Del Curto is with the leading team in the region, the Sonoma County Sol, which is 6-3-0 with Del Curto manning the net.
Both the PDL and NPSL seasons run through mid-July.