Griffin signs first recruitment course at Cal

Griffin signs first recruitment course at Cal

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Cal head coach Leonard Griffin signed eight new Bears in his first recruit class at Berkeley.


BERKELEY – California men’s soccer has signed eight players at National Letters of Intent, the head coach in its first year Leonard Griffin announced. Cal signed goaltender Zach Andoh, midfielder Brendan Bell, defender Owen Bizzaro, midfielder Jack Bowers, winger Justin Knighton, winger/defender Giancarlo Mota Morfin, defender/midfielder Wisdom Onuoma and midfielder Kevin Rodriguez.

Signer Kevin RodriguezThe new Golden Bears represent Griffin’s first signings at Cal, with three – Bell, Bizzaro and Knighton – from LA Galaxy Academy and three – Onuoma, Mota Morfin and Rodriguez – from the San Francisco Bay Area.

A native of San Francisco, Rodriguez played for the San Francisco Glens Academy. The midfielder, who took part in the 2022 MLS Next Cup, led his club to the final of the U-19 tournament and picked up the MVP award. He also played for the West team in the 2022 MLS Next All-Star Game.Jack Bowers

From San Diego, Bowers has also lived in Germany, where he played for Fortuna Düsseldorf. Now with the San Diego Surf, he has also played for the Houston Dynamo in MLS Next. Bowers has strong ties to Cal’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, as his father Ryan and aunt Berkley – both from the Class of 1996 – played for the Golden Bears.

Zack AndohAndoh, a product from Portland, Oregon, was born in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. In 2022, he clinched an MLS Next Flex group title with the Portland Timbers Academy. The 6-3 goaltender, who trained with the Portland Timbers II, also won the Oregon State Cup crown with Portland FC in 2017.
Brenda Belle

Bell, a Coto de Caza product, competed in the 2022 MLS Next Flex Cup and 2021 MLS Next Playoffs with the Galaxy. Bell recently played with the Galaxy at the 24th Annual International U17 Tournament in Lille, France. He comes from a football family – his father Jonathan played in Creighton and his uncle Mike played in Wisconsin.

Owen BizzaroBizzaro, from Long Beach, says Galaxy Academy’s 2-1 win in the international U-17 tournament against hometown club Lille was his best sporting moment. The defender and the Galaxy reached the quarterfinals in France.
Justin Knighton

Knighton, from Torrance, says one of his finest sporting moments was his goal against Manchester United Academy in last spring’s Generation Adidas Cup, when the Galaxy Academy named the 5-8 forward April’s Player of the Month.

A product of the San Francisco Seals, the versatile San Francisco Onuoma was born in Aba, Nigeria. He played in the wisdom OnuomaGotha Cup with the Seals coming third in the Swedish tournament. PrepSoccer.com named him the San Francisco Division’s Most Valuable Midfielder of 2022.

Another San Francisco Bay Area native,Giancarlo Mota Morfin Mota Morfin hails from the Castro Valley. He hopes to earn a degree in business administration or nutrition from Cal. Mota Morfin, a product of the San Jose Earthquakes Academy, has played for the Earthquakes II in MLS Next Pro.

The eight new bears will join Cal in the fall of 2023.

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