NEW COACH . . . Former Stanford All-American Ryan Nelsen was named head coach of Major League Soccer club Toronto FC last week, becoming the eighth head coach and the youngest, at age 35, in club history. He takes over a Toronto FC club that finished 2012 at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table with 23 points (5-21-8 overall record). The club, however, captured its fourth Voyageur Cup by winning the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship with a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Over his two seasons on The Farm, Nelsen marshaled the Cardinal midfield and helped anchor the defense to a national-best 0.44 goals-against average in 2000. He also scored eight goals with 10 assists on the offensive end. Nelsen earned All-America recognition and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2000 after leading the Cardinal to an 18-3-1 record and NCAA Tournament quarterfinal berth.
CARDINAL NOTES . . . Stanford senior Eddie Penev was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Penev helped lead No. 3 Stanford to a season opening 425.000-411.150 victory at No. 6 California with first-place finishes in the floor (15.650) and all-around (85.200) events. The five-time All-American currently ranks first in the nation in both events . . . The No. 10-ranked Stanford men's tennis team opened its dual-match season by blanking visiting Sacramento State, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Stanford (1-0) captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead before sweeping all six singles matches. Three Cardinal freshmen picked up victories in their first career dual match at the Nos. 3-5 positions of the lineup.
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