Cesar Zambrano Begins Professional Career With Colorado Rapids|
March 7, 2008
Hertfordshire, England- Former UIC soccer standout Cesar Zambrano (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) has begun his professional playing career with extensive exhibition action with Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids.
On Thursday Zambrano started and played the entire first half for the Rapids side that played the Arsenal Reserves as part of a preseason tour of England.
Zambrano was on the pitch playing the likes of Arsenal First Team stars Gilberto, Robin Van Persie, and Theo Walcott.
The three-year UIC star has also played in games against Real Salt Lake, the U.S. U-17 National Team and English side Ipswich.
Zambrano scored 15 goals, assisted on 12 others and tallied 42 points during his UIC career from 2005-2007. He was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-Region selection (2006, 2007) and a three-time All-Horizon League selection (2005, 2006, 2007).
As a senior in 2007 Zambrano led UIC with six goals, seven assists and 19 points. He was a 2007 NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region Second Team selection, a 2007 All-Horizon League First Team selection, and the 2007 Horizon League Tournament Most Valuable Player.