Made a name for himself in collegiate soccer as a freshman as he was one of the top freshmen in the country last season … named to Soccer America's All-Freshman team … played for the U.S. National Under-20 Team this past spring … scored the team's lone goal in its 1-0 victory against England … strong candidate for 2000 Olympics in Sydney … great in the air … extremely mature and confident … an offensive threat from the defensive midfield position … one of three freshmen who made up the Maryland backfield last season.
1999 Season Statistics GP/GS G A P S GWG Pts./G Career- G A Pts. 20/20 2 0 4 5 0 0.20 3 3 9
1999 season: A preseason All-American pick by College Soccer Online, Califf scored two goals for the Terps this year while providing a formidable presence on the backline for Maryland … Califf is one of only four players to start every game for the Terps in 1999 … scored goals against Marshall on Sept. 8 and Wisconsin on Nov. 6 … a sophomore defender, Califf was chosen as a “player to watch” for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Player of the Year race … a member of the Maryland/Fila Preseason all-tournament team, he was also one of two Terps selected to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic’s all-tournament team.
As a Freshman in 1998: One of three players to start in all 24 games … scored one goal, the game-winner, against Richmond in the regular season … added single assists against NC State, San Francisco and Wake Forest … held opponents to 26 goals in the Terps' 24 games.
Before Maryland: Attended Orange High School in Orange, Calif. ... listed as a Soccer America top 25 collegiate recruit ... a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team ... a 1997 Parade All-American ... a four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer at Orange ... earned all-county and All-CIF honors ... was captain his junior and senior years ... also played volleyball for three years where he earned all-league second team honors as a senior ... a member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team.
Personal: Son of Teri and Jon Califf ... born March 17, 1980, his full name is Daniel Benjamin Califf ... also recruited by Southern Methodist, UCLA, and Fresno State, to name a few ... chose Maryland because of head coach Sasho Cirovski and the team ... majoring in history ... maintained a 3.1 grade point average in his four years at Orange High School.
Califf By The Numbers Year GP-GS Goals Assts Pts 1998 24-24 1 3 5 1999 20-20 2 0 4 Career 24-24 3 3 9
Career Highs Goals: 1 vs. Richmond, 10/14/98 Assists: 1 on three occasions Points: 2 on three occasions