Timbers get Burciaga Jr. on loan from KC Wizard
Pro-40 defender to be in uniform Sunday in Rochester
Portland, Ore. — Kansas City Wizards (MLS) defender Jose Burciaga Jr. will be on a one-game loan to the Portland Timbers this weekend when they take on the Rochester Raging Rhinos on Sunday.
Portland requested the loan to help fill the void left after defender Scott Benedetti was suspended for the Rochester match after exceeding the A-League’s disciplinary point limit.
“Filling Benny’s shoes is no easy task, especially the way he’s been playing this year,” said Jim Taylor, Timbers general manager. “Jose is a very talented player and should help us a great deal at the back on Sunday.”
Burciaga, 19, is a Pro-40 player and was the 12th player selected in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City.
The Timbers (9-6-2, 42 points) currently in second place in the A-League’s Western Conference take on the A-League’s defending champion Rochester Raging Rhinos Sunday (3:05 p.m. kick-off) at Frontier Field. The match can be heard on AM 1360 KUIK or on the Internet at Oregonlive.com.
Created in 1997, Project-40 is a joint venture between U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer aimed at providing America's top young talent with the valuable training needed to develop their skills and further the United States' international success. The goal of Project-40 is to enable the United States to maximize the development of their young professional players and to compete with the top soccer-playing countries around the world.
Project-40 players earn the minimum annual MLS salary during their initial season and are awarded a five-year academic package covering tuition. In most cases, each MLS team will have one to three Project-40 players on their roster. These players do not count against the club's 20-man roster.
Project-40's eventual goal is to provide each player with the opportunity to participate in 40-60 quality matches each year, enabling the player to develop at an accelerated pace during the crucial ages of 17-22.
JOSE BURCIAGA JR.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: Recently joined the United States Under-20 National Team for training camp in California as the team continues preparations for the 2001 U-20 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina...Joined the U-20's for another 10-day camp at the end of January featuring two games against Mexico's U-20's and one versus a team of reserves from Chivas…As of mid-January he has appeared in five games for the U-20's in 2001, starting two and entering as a reserve in the other three…Is currently on the U-20 U.S. roster for World Youth Championship qualifying…Appeared in 22 of 36 games for the U-20's in 2000, starting 17…Tallied two goals and two assists in two international appearances (caps), scoring a goal during a 3-1 win against Bermuda's U-23 National Team on February 18, 2000…Also played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Argentina on April 12.
PREP CAREER: A two-time All-Region and All-State selection at Duncanville High School…Playing primarily as a forward and midfielder, helped his team to three straight playoff appearances and a District Championship as a sophomore in 1998…Recruited by Creighton, Connecticut, St. Johns and SMU among others…Was a three-time member of the All-District First Team, as well as District MVP as a senior…Was also named Team MVP as a senior…Earned Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore…A member of the Dallas Texans Soccer Club since 1995, the same club Nick Garcia played on…Earned MVP honors at the 1996 Tampa Sun Bowl…In April of 2000, his team advanced to the Semifinals of the Dallas Cup…His teams won four State Cup titles and advanced to regionals on two separate occasions…A member of the regional ODP team since 1995.
PERSONAL: Born in Dallas to Jose and Aurora Burciaga…Has an older sister, Lori and a twin sister, Cynthia…Favorite players are Los Angeles Galaxy forward Luis Hernandez and Mexican international Blanco…Favorite team is Club America of Mexico's first division.