November 15, 2012

Former Titan Venegas Up for NASL Play of the Year

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Former Cal State Fullerton men's soccer player Kevin Venegas is one of 16 players up for the North American Soccer League's 2012 Play of the Year, open for fan voting through Nov. 16.

Fans can vote via the NASL website at: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3513

Venegas, in his first season with the Minnesota Stars FC, is matched against the Carolina Railhawks' Nick Zimmerman in the knockout-style tournament with a curling score from about 25 yards out against the Railhawks on May 12 in his debut. Venegas finished the NASL regular season with a goal and an assist while taking 23 shots for the Stars, who reached the NASL Championship Series before falling in a shootout.

Venegas started 65 matches in 74 appearances for the Titans from 2008-11, finishing with 16 goals and 11 assists in his four-year collegiate career. He was selected with the 37th pick of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA before joining the Stars. He was the leading scorer for Fullerton as a senior, finishing with six goals and six assists en route to a second-straight All-Big West Conference First-Team honor.