Jaime Ambriz

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Jaime Ambriz
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Ventura, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1993–1996 Rio Mesa High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Santa Barbara City College (24)
1999–2001 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (17)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 SV Lyss (24)
2003–2004 FC Winterthur
2004–2005 FC Concordia Basel
2006–2007 Portland Timbers 4 (1)
2008 Ventura County Fusion 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jaime Ambriz (born December 7, 1978) is an American former professional soccer player who played in Europe and the United States.

Early life and education[edit]

Ambriz played high school soccer at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California. He was a three-time All-Channel League and two-time All-California Interscholastic Federation player, as well as being the Channel League MVP in his senior season en route to the Spartans winning the Channel League title. He set school records with 30 goals in a season and 58 career goals.[1][2][3]

Ambriz moved on to Santa Barbara City College, then coached by Tim Vom Steeg. During his freshman season he accumulated twenty-four goals and eleven assists for fifty-nine points on the 1997 State Final Four team. However, he had to redshirt his entire sophomore year due to a season-ending injury before play started.

Ambriz transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara and played for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team. He played with UCSB for three seasons, completing his sophomore through senior years with UCSB. As a junior, Ambriz appeared in fourteen games, tallying six goals and one assist for thirteen points. He was second on the team in scoring, trailing only Thiago Martins despite playing four less games. As a senior, Ambriz appeared in the same number of games (fourteen), but could only manage three goals and six assists for twelve points. Most of the goal scoring went to emerging star Rob Friend. Ambriz finished third in scoring, trailing Friend and Drew McAthy (four goals, five assists, thirteen points), but finishing above other professionals in Nate Boyden (four goals, eight points), Tony Lochhead (one goal, six assists, eight points), and Neil Jones (three goals, one assist, seven points).

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from UCSB with a psychology degree, Ambriz sought a professional career. He moved to Switzerland and played with SV Lyss, FC Winterthur, and FC Concordia Basel from 2002 to 2005. With Lyss, he scored twenty-four goals in his first season, a total that led the league.[4] In 2004, he had an unsuccessful trial with BSC Young Boys.[5][6]

In 2006, Jaime traveled back to the United States and signed with the Portland Timbers. The signing was announced on June 29, 2006.[7] It was announced Ambriz was re-signed for the following season on April 20, 2007, on a one-year contract.[8][9] He appeared in 4 games during his two seasons with the club, but was not re-signed for a third season.[10][11]

In 2008, Ambriz signed for Ventura County Fusion of the Premier Development League.[4] He appeared in 9 games for the club.[12] Recently, he has been playing with the amateur sides in the United States Adult Soccer Association-affiliated La Gran Liga de Oxnard based in Oxnard, California.[13][14]


  1. ^ Shaffer, Chris (February 8, 2001). "El Camino Real Duo Wants to Turn Pro". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wykes, Tris (December 1, 1996). "Simmonds Excels as Royal's Marked Man". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cervantes and Rio Mesa on Top, 4-0". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. February 12, 1999. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "New-look V.C. Fusion ready for second season". Thousand Oaks Acorn. Thousand Oaks, California. May 1, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "FussbaLysser Jaime Ambriz trifft für die Young Boys: Jaime..." Bieler Tagblatt (in German). Biel/Bienne. September 10, 2004. Retrieved March 14, 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Peter Theurer meldet sich zurück". Bieler Tagblatt (in German). Biel/Bienne. October 5, 2004. Retrieved March 14, 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Timbers announce addition of Hutton, Ambriz". Portland Timbers. June 29, 2006. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Kellett, Bob (April 20, 2007). "Timbers Sign Four Trialists". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kellett, Bob (May 8, 2007). "Jaime Ambriz Cleared to Play". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ "2006 Portland Timbers roster and statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "2007 Portland Timbers roster and statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ "2008 Ventura County Fusion roster and statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ Curley, Joe (August 19, 2013). "Correa's late bolt allows SP Barcelona to retain Gran Liga title". Ventura County Star. Camarillo, California. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ "RESULTADOS TORNEO CLAUSURA 2013-2014". www.lagranliga.com (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2016. 

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