Klinsmann highlights Cal's signing class

by TopDrawerSoccer
February 5, 2015

California Golden Bears head coach Kevin Grimes announced today that the program has signed six players to National Letters of Intent for their 2015 class. The Bears are coming off of another record-setting season that saw them lead the country in scoring for the first time in school history. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16 and saw three players drafted in January’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

“We are really excited with our 2015 recruiting class,” Grimes said. “These six players fit perfectly into our team’s style of play and our program’s culture. We expect to have more signings as well in the very near future.”

Cal signed the following new Bears: Adam Eaton (forward), Samuel Junqua (defender), Shinya Kadono (midfielder), Jonathan Klinsmann (goalkeeper), Christian Segovia (midfielder) and Noah Texter (goalkeeper). All six signees are California natives, with Junqua hailing from northern California and the five others coming from the southern portion of the state.

They will join a team who had several players depart after another fantastic season, including those selected in the MLS  SuperDraft; All-Pac-12 selections William Hallisey (Sporting Kansas City), Stefano Bonomo (New York Red Bulls) and Seth Casiple (Portland Timbers).

Here is a look at each signee:

2015 California Men’s Soccer Recruiting Class

Adam Eaton

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.

School: Loyola HS

Club: CZ Elite FC

Position: Forward

High School/Club

  • Regional Olympic Development Team Member for three years
  • Varsity team member for all four years of high school at Loyola HS
  • CIF/State Champions in 2014
  • Club Team CZ Elite FC won the NPL (National Premier League) in 2014

Samuel Junqua

Hometown: Saratoga, Calif.

School: Saratoga HS

Club: De Anza Force SC

Position: Defender

High School/Club

  • TopDrawerSoccer.com rates him as a four-star player
  • United States Development Academy West Conference Best XI (2012-13)
  • Played in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland (2013)
  • One of 64 players who attended National Combine at Nike Headquarters (2013)

Shinya Kadono

Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

School: Woodbridge HS

Club: Strikers FC

Position: Midfielder

High School/Club

  • TopDrawerSoccer.com rates him as a four-star player
  •  Captained Strikers FC and helped lead them to United States Soccer Development Academy playoff final four
  • Club teammates with fellow signee Jonathan Klinsmann
  • USSDA West Best XI selection (2014-15)
  • Started 21 games this past season with a team-high 12 goals and three assists for Strikers FC
  •  Competed at Milk Cup in Northern Ireland (2012 and 2014)
  •   Selected as All-League player and team’s Offensive MVP as a sophomore at Woodbridge HS
  •  Originally born in Japan

Jonathan Klinsmann

Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.

School: Mater Dei HS

Club: Strikers SC

Position: Goalkeeper 

High School/Club

  • TopDrawerSoccer.com rates him as a four-star player
  • Member of US U-18 Men’s National Team, currently with the team in Guadalajara, Mexico for the Copa Chivas
  • Son of US Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • Started 18 matches this past season for Strikers FC, where he was teammates with fellow signee Shinya Kadono
  • Helped lead the Strikers to United States Soccer Development Academy playoff final four  this past season
  • Lived in Germany and played for FC Bayern Munich’s youth team (2008-09)
  • Played for Irvine Lasers and FC Blades for the majority of his youth career, has been with the Strikers since 2010
  • Has traveled to Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain and Mexico with US youth teams

Christian Segovia

Hometown: Tarzana, Calif.

School: El Camino Real Charter HS

Club: LA Galaxy Academy

Position: Midfielder

High School/Club

  • TopDrawerSoccer.com rates him as a four-star player, ranked 136 on the IMG Top 150
  •                 ·        Member of the LA Galaxy Academy since 2012 and captained the U-16 squad
  •                 ·        Helped lead Galaxy to the USSDA national championship in 2014
  •                 ·        Appeared in nine matches this past season for the Galaxy
  •                 ·       Prior to joining the Galaxy Academy, played for Real So Cal
  •                 ·       Trained with Real Madrid FC’s youth academy as part of the Adidas International Travel Program (2013)
  •                 ·       Cal South ODP regional team selection at the U-13 to U-15 levels

Noah Texter

Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

School: Beckman HS

Club: West Coast Football Club

Position: Goalkeeper

High School/Club

  •                  ·      Named the Pacific Coast League Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior
  •                  ·      Also voted team’s most valuable player as a junior
  •                  ·      Earned Coach’s Award as a freshman, sophomore and junior
  •   Has been on the Principal’s Exemplary Honor Roll for every semester while in high school
  •   Boasts a 4.6 weighted GPA at Beckman HS
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