Brian Dunseth, former Cal State Fullerton soccer star, will speak at the Titan women’s soccer’s fourth-annual Kick-Off Fundraiser on Aug. 6 at Golleher Alumni House.
Dunseth was a standout defender for Fullerton in 1995 and ’96, and went onto become an Olympian and enjoy an eight-year Major League Soccer career. He is currently a soccer analyst for Real Salt Lake, Fox Sports 1 and ESPN and host of CounterAttack on Sirius XM.
The event begins with the annual Blue-Orange Scrimmage at Titan Stadium at 2 p.m., followed by the fundraiser at 4 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet the Titan squad that finished 8-10-1 in 2016.
The team, which had won three consecutive Big West Tournament titles and made three straight NCAA tournament appearances prior to 2016, returns a strong senior class and standouts like Connie Caliz, Tala Haddad, Atlanta Primus and Lindsay Stasinis.
“For Brian to be able to come back and support us is just another example of the type of Titan family there is out there,” said CSUF coach Demian Brown, who was teammates with Dunseth on Fullerton’s men’s team.
“For me to be able to call on a teammate, a friend, who has so much success in soccer and is still extremely involved with the game not only nationally, but globally,” Brown continued, “hopefully what that does is that attracts more people to the event but also at the same time gives our women an opportunity to hear about what their experiences might have the opportunity to be.”
Dunseth was a tenacious defender and a fierce competitor for the Titans, who were coached by Al Mistri at the time.
“He was a fantastic soccer player, a tremendous defender, extremely athletic, and just a really good teammate,” said Brown, who was a veteran member of the squad when Dunseth joined.
Dunseth felt pride competing for Fullerton, a small school that challenged big-time programs like UCLA, which was run by legendary coach Sigi Schmid. Dunseth said his favorite moment in a Titan jersey was upsetting the No. 1 Bruins, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 1996.
UCLA had beaten the Titans 20 of the last 23 matches up to that point.
“We were so hellbent on beating them as often as we possibly could even though it wasn’t really that often,” Dunseth said. “It was a great opportunity for us to win at home and make a good run through the playoffs, where unfortunately we fell in penalties right before the Final Four.”
“It turned into an incredible amount of…