2012: Played in 10 matches ... tallied one shot ... started at San Jose State (11/3) ... earned start at Denver (10/21) ... started at Air Force (10/19) ... started in midfield versus UNLV (10/12) ... earned start versus CSU Bakersfield (10/7) ... started at UNLV (10/5) ... saw one shot in start versus San Jose State (9/30) ... started at #20 Washington (9/23) ... started in win versus Portland (9/21) ... made first start of collegiate career versus #6 UC Santa Barbara (9/16).
High School: Jose helped the San Pasqual High School Eagles advance to the CIF semifinals in 2011 and to the CIF finals in 2012. The team MVP in 2011 and 2012, he was voted the league player of the year as well as receiving First Team All-CIF honors.
Club: Playing in the Albion SC program, Jose helped his team win the Cal South National Cup in both 2011 and 2012, plus he has participated in two national championships. A team captain in 2009 and 2010, he earned team MVP honors in 2010.
Personal: Jose is the oldest son of Tony Merlo and Rosa Guerrero, and he has two younger sisters: Jennifer and Janette. Born September 2, 1994, he is majoring in sport and exercise science and minoring in business. He made the Principal Honor Roll in both his junior and senior years of high school.