Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - November 11, 2011

Pleasanton man named to U.S. under-23 soccer roster

Bingham is goalkeeper for the San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham of Pleasanton was named to the United States U-23 National Team roster for camp in Duisburg, Germany, last week as head coach Caleb Porter works to establish a pool of players for 2012 Olympic qualifying. Bingham departed Sunday to join Porter and 30 other invitees to train from Nov. 7-16 at Sportschule Wedau, a German sporting school.

Porter's goal for the camp is to evaluate players and create a pool of talent to draw from for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament hosted by the United States in March of next year. The tournament field includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada as well as representatives yet to be determined from the Caribbean and Central America.

Bingham featured in one match as a rookie with the Earthquakes in 2011, a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Oct. 8. He made four saves in that match and recorded his first career assist after launching a ball off the turf 70 yards down field to set up a goal by Chris Wondolowski.

The Pleasanton goalkeeper also saw time in exhibition and Reserve League matches. Bingham started and kept a clean sheet for 45 minutes against West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League on July 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. He also scored a goal against the Baggies, a 90-yard strike off the grass that bounced over West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill for San Jose's first goal in a 2-1 win. Bingham also started in two Quakes Reserve League games, compiling a 2-0-1 record with a 0.33 goals-against average and two shutouts.

The Earthquakes acquired Bingham in a weighted lottery on Jan. 25. At 6 foot 2, he was a 2010 NSCAA All-American as a junior at UC Berkeley, registering eight shutouts in 20 matches (including the NCAA Tournament). He helped lead Cal to a 14-2-4 record and allowed just 17 goals in 2010, good for a 0.77 goals-against average. The Golden Bears fell to eventual NCAA Champion Akron in penalties in the quarterfinals.

As a sophomore in 2009, Bingham was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team, posting four shutouts in 16 starts with a 0.95 goals against average. He also appeared in one game as a freshman while backing up current Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Bingham played his club soccer for Mustang, and his squad in 2007 reached the Super Y-League U-17 National Championships. He was also a three-year varsity starter at California High School in San Ramon.

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