|#22 Eriq Zavaleta|
Zavaleta played his freshman and senior seasons of high school soccer Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana. He scored 25 goals and nine assists as a freshman and 20 goals and 10 assists as a senior. He also spent his youth career with FC Pride, Real Salt Lake, C.D. Chivas USA and was also part of Columbus Crew's USL Super-20 Championship team in 2011.
Zavaleta was part of the U.S. Soccer Residency program from 2008-09 and made 23 appearances for the United States U17 national team during that stretch including three appearances in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Zavaleta was normally used as a defender while with the under-17's. He is also a member of the under-20 pool, but so far he hasn't appeared for them yet. He is eligible to play for both the United States national team and El Salvador.
On February 7, 2011, Zavaleta signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at Indiana University. In his freshman year with the Hoosiers in 2011, Zavaleta started 22 games and led the team with 10 goals and 5 assists and was also the team leader in points with 25. He went on to be named College Soccer News All-Freshman first team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first team selection, Soccer America All-Freshman first team and Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year. In his sophomore year, Zavaleta started all 24 matches and again was the team leader with 40 points this time as he finished with 18 goals and four assists and led the team to their eighth national title in school history. One of the four assists came in the 2012 College Cup final against #3 Georgetown when he set up teammate Nikita Kotlov for what turned out to be the title clinching goal. He went on to be named Big Ten All-Tournament team, NSCAA third-team All-American, College Soccer News first-team All-American and the College Cup All-Tournament team.
On January 5, 2013, it was announced by agent Ron Waxman that Zavaleta has signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer, making him eligible for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. On January 17, Zavaleta was selected 10th overall by Seattle Sounders FC and immediately added to the roster. He made his professional debut on March 23, 2013 in a 1-0 loss to San Jose Earthquakes.
Zavaleta is currently playing with the North American Soccer League's San Antonio Scorpions.