DAVIS, Calif. -- As preparations for the 2014 collegiate season ramp up, former members of the UC Davis men's soccer team are well underway with their professional seasons around the world.
Stateside, All-American Quincy Amarikwa continues to torch the nets for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, sharing the team lead and ranking just outside the top 10 in MLS with six goals while pacing the Fire with 40 shots. Chicago currently ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference with 21 points -- five points behind New England, Toronto FC, and Columbus (tied at 26 points) out of a playoff spot -- with the help of Amarikwa, who is the midst of his sixth MLS season after finishing his Aggie career with 31 goals and 69 points to rank among the all-time top five in both categories.
A four-year letter winner and two-year team captain from 2005-08, Ahmad Hatifie enters his second professional season with Mumbai FC in India's I-League, scoring a goal in 15 matches during the 2013-14 campaign. He continues to train with the Afghanistan National Team, scoring twice in 18 career caps, helping his country to the 2013 South Asian Football Federation Championship and the semifinals of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. He made is national team debut in 2007 and first scored for the side in 2013 as part of a 3-0 win over Pakistan.
Sacramento native Constantine Kolokotronis recently inked a contract with A.E. Ermionida FC in Greece's second division, a team formed in 2011 following a merger between two clubs that has worked its way up from the fourth division over the last two years. He began his pro career with the second division side Vyzas Megara FC in August of 2013, a year after redshirting his freshman season at UC Davis.
Kolokotronis prepped at Jesuit HS, leaving the school as the all-time assist leader and helped captain the Marauders to a CIF Sac Joaquin Division I title in 2010 after a perfect 30-0 record.
Trading turf for sand, former letter winner Jason Santos (2007-10) is representing the United States as a defender on the US National Beach Soccer team that recently competed at the 17th annual Euro Beach Soccer Cup in Portugal, finishing fourth. Led by Eddie Soto, who was named the head coach of the men's program at the University of San Francisco in 2014, the United States team is ranked No. 16 in the world overall.
After taking just three shots over his first two seasons, Santos scored a goal and four assists as a junior and senior, starting 36 of 37 matches and taking 31 shots.
Returning six starters and 12 letter winners off of last season's squad that finished 9-9-3 overall (4-4-2 in the Big West Conference), UC Davis opens its 2014 campaign on Sunday (Aug. 24) at noon, welcoming Chico State in for an exhibition at the Aggie Soccer Field. Led by the senior striker duo of Matt Wiesenfarth and Matt Sheldon, the Aggies return their top five scorers to take on a schedule that features 11 home matches and four contests against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams.