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Cesar Diaz Pizarro
Twenty-one-year-old forward out of UC Riverside chosen by San Jose in the second round, 25th overall, of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft on Jan. 17.
Pizarro made 74 appearances during a standout four-year career at UC Riverside, drawing 53 starts and tallying 20 goals, including eight game-winners and eight assists. He left the program No. 1 on the all-time chart in games played and game-winning goals, and No. 2 in points and goals scored.
As a senior for the Highlanders in 2011, Pizarro was named the Big West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, as well as both an NSCAA All-Far West Region Second Team and All-Big West First Team honoree. He produced nine goals, with four game-winners a new single-season school record, to go along with three assists while starting all 19 matches in his final college campaign. Pizarro guided UCR to a 9-6-4 overall mark, setting a program standard for wins as the team advanced to its first Big West Tournament.
Born in Chiclayo, Peru, Pizarro grew up in Chino, Calif., and previously attended Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Calif.