|Full name||Jorge Ivan Becerra|
|Date of birth||May 22, 1984|
|Place of birth||San Luis Potosí, Mexico|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|San Fernando High School|
|2002–2003||Los Angeles Mission College|
|2004–2005||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos||34||(12)|
|2006||→ Cincinnati Kings (loan)||4||(0)|
|2009||Ventura County Fusion||4||(0)|
|2010||Ventura County Fusion||3||(1)|
|2011||Wilmington Hammerheads FC||23||(3)|
|Bishop Garcia Diego High School|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Jorge Ivan Becerra (born May 22, 1984) is a Mexican former professional soccer player.
Early life and education
Becerra was born May 22, 1984, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He and his family would move to the United States before Becerra's 6th birthday. He attended San Fernando High School, where he played soccer and football.
Becerra played college soccer at Los Angeles Mission College from 2002 to 2003, scoring 34 goals and 19 assists during his two seasons there. He then transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he played two seasons for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team. As a forward in his first year playing behind Drew McAthy, Becerra appeared in 14 games and tallied 2 assists, but failed to score. In his final year in Santa Barbara, Becerra played in 20 games, starting 18 of them, where scored 12 goals and 2 assists. He was named the 2005–06 Male Athlete of the Year by the Daily Nexus.
Becerra was drafted in the third round (27th overall) of the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft by Columbus Crew. Crew head coach Sigi Schmid converted Becerra to a central defender once on the team due to Columbus already having 4 forwards ahead of Becerra on the depth chart. He did not appear in a first-team match with the Crew and was subsequently sent on loan to then-USL Second Division side Cincinnati Kings. He made his professional debut on July 21, 2006. He featured as a starter for Cincinnati and appeared in four games with the Kings, the last being August 13, 2006, before returning to the Crew. Despite appearing in 6 MLS Reserve League matches for the Crew, he was waived in March 2007 as the team sought to become roster-compliant in preseason.
Becerra signed for Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier Development League for the 2009 season. He made his debut for the team on May 30, 2009, in a game against Bakersfield Brigade. Becerra would ultimately appear for the Fusion 4 times en route to winning the 2009 PDL Championship and scoring a goal in the championship game.
After returning to Ventura County Fusion in 2010 and appearing in 3 games with 1 goal scored, Becerra signed with Wilmington Hammerheads FC in March 2011 for the 2011 USL Pro season. He served as the team's co-captain and appeared in 23 games and scored 3 goals.
Becerra was named the head coach of Bishop Garcia Diego High School in October 2011. He also coaches youth soccer with Santa Barbara SC.
Ventura County Fusion
- USL Premier Development League Champions (1): 2009
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- "Timbers sign Quavas Kirk". United Soccer Leagues. December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on December 11, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
- "2010 Ventura County Fusion roster and statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- "Hammerheads Add Four Players Out of California". www.OurSportsCentral.com. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
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- "2011 Wilmington Hammerheads roster and statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- Punzal, Barry (October 21, 2011). "Former Gaucho star Becerra to coach Bishop soccer". PresidioSports.com. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
- "Santa Barbara Soccer Club: Coaches". SantaBarbaraSC.org. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
- Major League Soccer player profile
- Portland Timbers player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived December 8, 2009)
- Columbus Crew player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived February 12, 2007)
- UC Santa Barbara player profile