Former Mustang Player Impresses in First Two Matches with the Quakes
As a youth soccer player, many dream about reaching the top level in their country. Not many do. For Nick Lima, he is realizing that dream right now.
In 2017 after finishing his 4-year career at Cal, Lima was signed as only the second homegrown player in the San Jose Earthquakes history.
The story only gets better from there.
In his first match, Lima was named into the starting lineup. In the season opener, joining two other former Mustang players, Chris Wondolowski and David Bingham, he was often matched up with 2016 Best XI player and MVP candidate, Ignacio Piatti of the Montreal Impact. After the match, Lima was named in to the Major League Soccer "Team of the Week", as one of the best 11 players chosen in Week 1 of the MLS season.
In week two, he scored.
On a cross sent across the goal by Albanian international Jahmir Hyka, Wondolowski softly knocked the ball down to the ground with his right foot to the streaking and sliding inside run of the attack-minded right back.
Quakes team Captain, US National team member and Danville native Wondo approves.
“I’m on the Nick Lima hype train" Wondolowski said. "I’m actually driving it!”
Lima, an attacking player for Mustang beginning in 2004 before joining the Earthquakes Academy in 2010, was converted to right-back while in college in Berkeley. It is in his nature to score goals.