BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield head men’s soccer coach Simon Tobin has announced the signing of five players to a National Letter of Intent to continue their playing career at the collegiate level.

“I am positive that our 2012 recruiting class is the best in my 25 years at CSUB,” Tobin said. “Assistant coach Keith Costigan and I have indentified a number of players that will seamlessly fit into our style of play.”

Eduardo Caldaza scored 19 goals and had seven assists for Los Angeles’ Roosevelt High School as a senior. Caldaza also played for the Pateadores Soccer Club as a prep athlete.

“I saw Eduardo playing for the Pateadores Soccer Club and knew immmediately I wanted him to be a part of my team,” Tobin said. “Eduardo has a wonderful soft touch with the ball and can develop into one of the top strikers in the country.”

Christian Duarte, a native of Houston, Texas, joins the Roadrunners after playing the United States’ U-17, and U-20 National Teams. Duarte is ranked 36th in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s 2012 Top 100 Recruiting Class. He has also played for the Texans Soccer Club in Houston.

“Christian has played on the international stage and I think he will truly enjoy pulling the strings in the middle of the park for CSUB,” Tobin said.

Jonathan Madrid is a forward from Fontana, Calif. As a senior for Fontana High School, Madrid was named the Citrus League Offensive MVP and All-Area as a senior after scoring 23 goals and posting 21 assists.

“Jonathan has great balance and skill, and will excell as a second forward or in a wide attacking role,” said Tobin. “He has great attacking instincts and will cause problems for any defense.”

Dante Nino arrives in Bakersfield from Lake Balboa and Birmingham High School. Nino also played for the Real So Cal USSF Academy team.

“Dante displays pace, great technique and an eye for the goal,” Tobin said. “He is a constant attacking threat.”

Oscar Sorto comes to Bakersfield from Los Angeles, Calif. Graduating from Manual Arts High School, TopDrawerSoccer.com has Sorto ranked 42nd in its 2012 recruiting class. Prior to joining the Roadrunner program, Sorto played for the LA Galaxy Academy Team.

“Oscar is a ball playing defender that has the capability of playing the highest college level and beyond,” Tobin said. “I first noticed Oscar as a central defender, but he can also operate on the right side of the defense.”

The Roadrunners anticipate signing three other players later in the signing period.

CSUB announced Mar. 19 that the program will move from the MPSF to the Pac-12 in time for the 2013 season. CSUB has won two consecutive MPSF Pacific Division Championships and is coming off an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament.

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