What Scouts Say: "Tough, strong and fit defensive midfielder ... Great ball-winning, stand-up tackler ... Unbelievable ball winner ... Good short-range passer ... Simple player ... Okay in the air, not his stregnth ... Does the dirty work. Imagine a shorter Sergio Busquets ... Smart soccer player ... You can play through him but his range can be questions ... Not the biggest kid either ... Can pass and start attacks ... Might get found out in MLS with limitations in ground he can cover and range of his passing."
College: Spent first two years at UC Davis (2009-2010) before transferring to Penn State University for his final two years (2011-2012) ... Appeared in 37 games, starting 29, in his two seasons at Davis and registered one assist ... Started all 22 games in his first season with Penn State, picking up a goal and an assist ... Started all 17 games for the Nittany Lions in the 2012 season, but did not register a goal or an assist.
Prep: Graduated La Habra High School in La Habra, Calif. Scored six goals and added eight assists to help the Highlanders to a 24-3-2 record and the Southern Section Division III title.
Club: Played with the OSC Rage. Led the Cal South ODP team to regional (2008) and national (2009) titles. Competed with the South Coast Bayern U-17 squad at Northern Ireland Milk Cup in 2008.