Men's Soccer Team Heads To Europe For Preseason Training

Aug. 13, 2004

  • Trip Recap COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's soccer team will take their preseason training to Europe as it prepares for the 2004 regular season in England and Scotland from August 17-28. The Terps will play five games on the 12-day trip. Be sure to check daily for updates on the team's trip. "It's of tremendous value for us," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Unlike preseason here where you see your players for a couple of practices and a meeting here and there, you are with them 24/7. It's an incredible team-building and team-bonding experience. Secondly, we're going to have a lot of people get an opportunity to play and we can tinker in games that really don't matter that much. It's a chance to work in our own little vacuum and find out what works and what doesn't. We also get to experience a culture that eats and breaths soccer, which will be very appreciated by the players." The Terps depart for England on August 17, flying through the night and arriving on the 18th. The squad will check into its accommodations at Manchester University and end the day with a practice session. On day three, Maryland will play its first game of the trip against Crewe Alexandra Reserves. On the fourth day, the Terps will take a guided visit of Old Trafford Stadium and see the locker rooms, the player's lounge and the museum at the stadium. The fifth day includes another trip to the stadium, however, this time the team will watch Manchester United take on Norwich City in a Premier League match. The Terps will play their second game of the trip on the sixth day against Accrington Stanley FC. Following the match, the squad will bus to Glasgow, Scotland, for the next leg of the trip. The next day, the Terps will play their third game against Glasgow Celtic FC Reserves at the Garscube Sports Complex. After a day of training, Maryland will play its fourth game on the ninth day of the trip against Hearts FC Reserves at the Heriot Watt training facility. The last game will be on the 10th day agasint Dundee United FC Reserves. The Terps will practice and pack on the 27th before departing back for College Park on the 28th. Maryland opens the season Sept. 3, in Charlottesville, Va., at the Virginia/Nike Classic against Long Island.