Santa Cruz County Breakers

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Santa Cruz County Breakers
Full name Santa Cruz County Breakers
Nickname(s) Breakers
Founded 2007
Stadium Carl Connelly Stadium
Ground Capacity ????
Chairman United States Larry Johnson
Manager United States Michael Runeare
League National Premier Soccer League
2008 2nd, Northwest Division

Santa Cruz County Breakers was an American soccer team based in Santa Cruz, California, United States. Founded in 2007, the team played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, until 2008, when the franchise folded and the team left the league.

The team played its home games at Carl Connelly Stadium on the campus of Cabrillo College in nearby Aptos, California. The team's colors were blue and white.



2008 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States DF David Alcaraz
United States FW Wes Bare
United States FW Israel Benitez
United States DF Jonathan Buckley
United States FW Ivan Campos
United States MF Gabriel Cassaro
United States MF Mario Castillo
United States DF Israel Cisneros
United States MF Alan Diaz
United States MF Cesar Garcia
United States MF Adolfo Gonzalez
United States MF Jose Gonzales
United States DF Thomas Hernandez (Captain)
No. Position Player
United States MF Nate Hill
United States MF Mark Hogenhout
United States MF Marcos Konig
United States DF Juan Marquez
United States FW Armando Martinez
United States MF Jose Martinez
United States DF Matt McCloskey
United States MF Kurt Munoz
United States MF Jose Ornelas
United States GK Michael Polhamus
United States MF Omar Puga
United States GK Marco Reguilon
United States DF Rolando Rodriguez

Notable former players[edit]


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2007 4 NPSL 3rd, Northwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 4 NPSL 2nd, Northwest Did not qualify Did not qualify

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Breakers Youth System[edit]

The club also feature a very strong youth program which serves as a feeder the NPSL team as well as many college programs. The "Breakers Blue 88" is the flagship youth team of the club. Led by captain and midfielder Jose Gonzalez, who also plays for the US U-18 national team, they have won 5 of 6 Norcal state cup titles in the last 6 years. They also feature many top players from top high school programs such as Watsonville and Bellarmine. The team advanced to the semis at the national west region tournament and well as the far west regional tournament and played against top European professional youth academies at the Belizona tournament in Switzerland. Gonzalez was also named CCS sophomore of the year, and to the ALL Merc-CCS team as well as the All-America high school soccer team.

Besides Gonzalez, other notable standouts include Miguel Silva, who led Watsonville High School's soccer team to a #1 national ranking and two CCS championships, and was named an NSCAA All-American. He was a member of the US U-15 boys team. Another notable standout from the SCC breakers is David "Samurai" Estrada. A forward for MLS's Seattle Sounders FC He was the leading scorer for UCLA his freshman year as a walk-on, and a member of the U-18 national pool. He was named CCS player of the year after leading Alisal High School to a #2 national ranking, and scoring a national record of 66 goals including 11 in one game. His accomplishments in college soccer include being named to the Pac-10 second team, the NCAA tournament first team, Freshmen of the Year award, and leading UCLA to the NCAA finals, where he scored two goals against Virginia the in semifinals.

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