One of the offensive leaders last season ... crafty player who is capable of scoring from his central midfield position ... should provide solid leadership as he leads all players in terms of total games played at UAB (57 entering season).
Junior Season (2007)
Team's second-leading scoring with four goals on campaign ... also recorded two assists and totaled 10 points on season, which was the third-most points on squad ... first goal of season was a game-winning tally in the 3-0 win over Lipscomb (9/7) ... also tallied goals against Birmingham-Southern (9/14), at SMU (10/17) and against UCF (10/27) ... tallied two assists on campaign, both of which came in win over Centenary (9/9) ... recorded 32 shots which were second-most on the team, while his 17 shots on frame tied for the team high with Frank Brown ... one of five returning players to have played in all 19 games, making 18 starts .... recorded at least one shot in all but four games during season.
Sophomore Season (2006)
Played in all 20 contests for UAB, earning nine starts on the season ... scored two goals on the season and accounted for five points (2g, 1a) ... scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 season finale win over Florida International (10/28) ... also scored in the 2-1 victory over Marshall (9/23) ... lone assist occurred in the 3-2 victory over Wright State (9/3) ... accounted for eight shots, five of which came on frame.
Freshman Season (2005)
Played in all 18 contests for UAB ... scored lone goal of season in win over Georgia State (9/11) ... had seven shots with two on goal for the year ... listed among "Top 100 Freshmen To Watch" by College Soccer News.
Attended Dante Alighieri Academy in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
Other Soccer Info
Member of the Canadian U-20 National Team player pool and a former member of the U-17 National Team ... represented Canada at the U-19 Francophone Games in December of 2005 in Naimey, Niger, Africa ... member of the Toronto CS Assurri team under the direction of coach Carmen Isaaco ... trained in the Ontario National Training Center organization ... veteran international player for the Canadian youth teams ... once recorded a hat trick, scoring three goals against Barbados in a friendly match in 2002 ... played in two international friendly matches against the U.S. youth teams, scoring one goal.
Full name is Derek Rios ... born Sept. 12, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario ... parents are Jairo and Omaira ... major is physical education ... has one older sister, Paula, and a younger brother, Matthew.