The Most Recent Star

Posted: March 25, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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Growing up Carlos Zavaleta’s son and Greg Vanney’s nephew, Eriq Zavaleta had soccer in his blood, literally. Carlos Zavaleta played professionally in the United States, as well as in El Salvador and Vanney played in the MLS and for the U.S. National team. Soccer was his destiny, fate, and pretty much guaranteed future. 

As a freshman in high school, Zavaleta scored 25 goals and had nine assists. His high school career at Westfield High School did not slow down, as he had 20 goals and ten assists as a senior. He then played for the Columbus Crew’s USL Super-20 Championship team in 2011.

Following his outstanding high school career, Zavaleta brought his talents to Indiana University, where he started 22 games, scored 10 goals, added five assists, and led the team with 25 points…in his FRESHMAN season. Not to mention he was also named College Soccer News All-Freshman first team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first team selection, Soccer America All-Freshman first team, and Chicagoland Soccer News Player of Year in that year, as well. His success carried into his sophomore year as he started in all 24 matches, scoring 18 goals, making four assists, and again becoming the team leader in points with 40. He made the assist to teammate Nikita Kotlov, which won the Hoosiers the 2012 National Title. In this season he again was recognized in many ways such as: Big-Ten All-Tournament team, NSCAA third-team All-American, College Soccer News first-team All-American, and College Cup All-Tournament team.


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This should come as a surprise to none of you, but Eriq Zavaleta left the Hoosiers after his sophomore season to play professional soccer in the MLS. In January of 2013, agent Ron Waxman announced that Zavaleta signed a Generation Adidas contract with the MLS, deeming him eligible for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. With that, Zavaleta was drafted 10th overall by the Seattle Sounders FC club…again, as a sophomore.

Eriq Zavaleta has brought so much to Indiana University and, in my opinion, has only a certain amount of time before he his inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the university. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@_AIR_RIQ_)! He updates his life as a Sounder and often tweets about the Hoosier support!


Eriq Zavaleta tweeting about his support for the Hoosiers in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.


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