What Scouts Say: "Opportunistic and works hard ... Needs a game that has a lot of attacking build-up to really showcase his ability on the ball ... His movement was good. He was a handful against us ... He may not be MLS material. More likely to succeed in USL ... Tenacious winning second balls and creating second balls with work rate, but that may not be enough to help him in MLS."
College (Cal-State Fullerton): Jesse Escalante was a regular contributor for the Titans in 2011, appearing in 18 of the 19 matches with 7 starts… Had 2 goals and they came in backto-back matches – on Sept. 11 vs. USF and on Sept. 16 at American… His assist came in 1-0 season-opening win over Hope International on Aug. 26… He also was a key contributor for the Titans in 2010, mostly off the bench... Appeared in 16 matches, 7 as a starter... Scored team's third-best 4 goals, all on the road and all in the second half of the season-- Oct. 9 at UC Riverside, Oct. 13 at Cal State Northridge, Oct. 23 at UC Irvine and Nov. 13 at UC Santa Barbara in the post-season tournament... Part-time performer for the Titans in 2009... Appeared in 10 of the 19 matches with one start... He may be the first product of nearby Valencia High School in Placentia to play for the Titans... Versatile performer on the pitch who also excelled in the classroom at Valencia, which is located about one mile east of Titan Stadium... Took a redshirt season in 2008.
High School: Versatile performer for the Valencia Tigers athletically and in the classroom... Two-year varsity soccer letterman for Coach Barry Gardner... Played left and right back and forward... Led team in scoring and was team captain for two years... Was most valuable player as a junior... Also competed in cross country and won team's most inspirational award... Had perfect attendance for four years.
Personal: Parents are Jesus Luna and Yolanda Garcia of Placentia ... Has two younger brothers, teammate Bryan and Kevin ... Spanish major... Most memorable sports thrill was playing in the CIF soccer playoffs for the Tigers ... Has taught frosh/soph soccer at Valencia... Credits his father for most influence on his soccer career.