San Jose native who enjoyed a standout senior season as starting striker and leading scorer for hometown school.
What Scouts Say: "Good college soccer forward ... Very, very good with the ball ... Does have an instinct and nose for goal and knows when to pull away ... Had a good senior year and was dangerous and scored some goals, but there is nothing there that separates him from a lot of other guys ... Pretty good at a lot of things, but not exceptional at one thing ... Give him time on the ball and he can be great ... Doesn't play both sides of the ball ... He doesn't have to do it at San Jose State. He pulls away and his running is good, but what he mainly does is look for spaces to run ... Might be better off going USL and then making jump to MLS."
College (San Jose State): Began his San Jose State career as a bench player for his first two years ... Became a starter as a junior in 2011, when he tied for the team lead in goals (7) ... Started all 18 matches as a senior and led the team in goals (9) ... Among his 17 career tallies, 10 were game winners ... Named the 2011-12 San Jose State Male Athlete of the Year.
Club: Played for the U-17 Hamilton Lobitos, playing for San Jose State assistant coach Chris Behler ... Member of four consecutive Cal-North State Cup title teams from 2003-06 ... Helped the Lobitos through both the regional and national tournaments, winning all nine games by a combined score of 39-7, on the way to the 2007 US Club Soccer U17 Super Group title ... Two-time US Club Soccer regional champion.
High School: Piedmont Hills High School ... A 2008 graduate of San Jose's Piedmont Hills High School (PHHS) for Coach Erik Gaspar... Four-time All-Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) selection and three-time team captain ... Finished prep career with 84 goals ... Also participated two years each in varsity football and varsity track.
Personal: Majored in justice studies ... Enjoys Sudoku and chess ... Has three older sisters, Elizabeth, Laura and Christina ... The son of Patricia Ponce and Abel Sanchez ... A native of Santa Clara, Calif.