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Midfielder Alec Sundly selected by New England Revolution in the 2nd round of the 2014 MLS draft

COACHES’ BREAKDOWN: Described as a “leader,” a “winner,” and having the “heart of a champion,” Sundly was a vital cog in midfield for a Cal team that spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Sundly is about as steady a defensive midfielder you can find. He’s quick, good in the air, tough, and connects his passes well. With the talent that the Golden Bears had on their team this year, Sundly has been overlooked frequently, but there are some who think that he may have looked better as a player this year because Cal was such a good team. Sundly is not a box-to-box player, and is not an out-and-out defender. While he is tough, he may not the bite that MLS-level defensive midfielders like Kyle Beckerman or Ozzie Alonso have. Sundly may be steady, but hasn’t convinced everyone that he’s spectacular yet. “He’s a 7 out of ten all over the field,” one coach said. “Connects well. Covers a decent amount of ground. Reasonably tough. Over the course of a game, he probably does 90 percent of the things he does correctly.”

COLLEGE: 2013: Earned Second Team All-Pac-12 honors … Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention … Started 20 of the team’s 21 games as a defensive midfielder for the Bears during his senior campaign … One of three team co-captains … Scored nine goals and posted two assists … Tied for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals, with three during the regular season … 2012: Appeared in 17 games during his junior season, all of which he started … Finished the season as Cal’s fourth-leading goal scorer with three goals and fifth-leading scorer with seven points …2011: Started all 17 games during his sophomore campaign … Made his season debut on 8/26 @ USF… 2010: As a true freshman, he appeared in 19 games and made one start … Finished his first year on campus with two goals … Scored his first two career goals; opening the scoring in the 34th minute and tallying again in the 83rd minute of play in the Bay Area Derby on 11/11 vs. Stanford.

High School/Club: As a freshman, started for the Trabuco Hills varsity team, which reached the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) quarterfinals in 2006 … Played for the Irvine Strikers club for six years … Won the Super Group of the 2006 US Club National Cup … 2007-10 US Soccer Development Academy player … Member of the 2008 US U-18 national team player pool … Participated in the 2009 US U-17 national team camp that produced the U.S. team for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Personal: Interdisciplinary studies major … Parents are Matt and Allison Sundly … Born on July 8, 1992.

via Alec Sundly | MLSsoccer.com.

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