BDFC Sign Golden Bears Trio for 2016 PDL Season
Josh Morton, Nick Lima & Sam Ebstein Re-Sign for the Dragons
The Burlingame Dragons Football Club announced today that three members from the 2015 California Golden Bears men’s soccer team have committed to play for the organization during the 2016 Premier Development League season. Defenders Nick Lima and Josh Morton join midfielder/forward Sam Ebstein and will provide the Dragons with three very talented players that will contribute immensely to the club’s success this season.
Lima played in three games for the Dragons last season, playing a critical role for the squad late in the summer. The 5’9, 177 lb. defender showed his versatility last season as he also played in the midfield for the Dragons and showed himself to be a steady presence wherever he played. His tactical ability defensively is matched by his aggression and skill offensively whenever he has the chance to contribute up the pitch. He is not afraid to shoot from distance and is an excellent crosser of the ball.
The Castro Valley, California native is a San Jose Earthquakes Academy product. During the 2015 season, Lima won multiple honors including being named First Team NCAA Division 1 All West Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and 1st Team All Pac-12. He started all 17 matches for the Golden Bears and finished his season with two goals and four assists while helping lead the Bears to a 9-6-2 finish.
Morton played in 6 games for the Dragons last season, notching 1 assist. The 6’2, 155 lb. defender also played as a midfielder and his marauding play from his outside back position allowed him to contribute critically to the Dragons’ attacking philosophy. His ability to play at both ends of the field provided the Dragons with plenty of opportunities to cash in on quality crosses last season.
Morton’s calm, cool and collected demeanor under pressure should see him earn plenty of playing time this summer. He is also a San Jose Earthquakes Academy product, which is where he honed his skills as a central defender over the past few years.
The Indiana native started in all 16 games he played in for UC Berkeley this season scoring one goal as he helped secure the back end of the pitch for the Golden Bears.
Ebstein’s versatility saw him make the Dragons roster last summer before he was sidelined by injury. The 6’0, 170 lb. midfielder/forward has tremendous pace and shooting accuracy, which should prove to be useful once the Dragons hit the pitch this season.
The San Francisco, California native played in 16 games for the Golden Bears this season scoring two goals while adding one assist. Ebstein is a member of the San Jose Earthquakes Academy, last playing for them during the 2013-2014 season.