Cesar Rivera

Cesar Rivera Samaniego (born August 25, 1986 in Pomona, California) is an American retired soccer player.

Cesar Rivera
Personal information
Full name Cesar Rivera Samaniego
Date of birth (1986-08-25) August 25, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Pomona, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2004–2005 Mt. San Antonio College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Los Angeles Azul Legends 10 (4)
2011 Los Angeles Blues 13 (6)
2012–2013 Los Angeles Misioneros 14 (7)
2012Cal FC (loan) 0 (0)
2014 Orange County Blues 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


College and amateurEdit

Rivera played college soccer at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, where he was a junior college Second Team All-American.

After spending time training with Mexican clubs Necaxa and Morelia, and playing with numerous Los Angeles-area amateur teams, Rivera played with the Los Angeles Azul Legends in the USL Premier Development League in 2010.[1]


Rivera turned professional when he signed with the expansion Los Angeles Blues of the new USL Professional League in February 2011.[2] He made his professional debut – and scored his first professional goal – on April 15, 2011 in a 3–0 victory over Sevilla Puerto Rico[3]

He was released by the LA Blues following the conclusion of the 2011 USL Pro season, and subsequently signed to play for the Los Angeles Misioneros in the USL Premier Development League in 2012. He scored his first goal for his new club on his debut, a 4-1 opening-day loss to Fresno Fuego.[4]


  1. ^ United Soccer Leagues (USL) Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine. Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  2. ^ Los Angeles Blues Sign First Three Players Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine. Labluesprosoccer.com. December 14, 2010. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  3. ^ United Soccer Leagues (USL) Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine. Uslsoccer.com (2011-04-15). Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  4. ^ http://pdl.uslsoccer.com/stats/2012/2883409.html

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