Terps Announce Foreign Tour, Spring Schedule

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s soccer team will embark on a tour of England during spring break from March 16-25. The trip will include friendlies against the Under-23 squads of Stoke City, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers.

The Terps will also spend time in England training and visiting cultural and historical sites. The squad will kick off the trip attending the Manchester United/Brighton FA Cup Quarterfinal at Old Trafford on Saturday, March 17.

“After our trip four years ago, the decision to go back to England this year was an easy one,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We are honored to get this opportunity from these three strong teams and embrace the challenge of playing their Under-23 sides. I am excited to see how we measure up.”

Clayton Wood

Maryland’s first friendly will take play at the Clayton Wood Training Ground against Stoke City’s U-23 team. Maryland will also visit Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex before getting a tour of the famed Old Trafford the following day.


Maryland will take on Leicester City’s U-23s at the club’s development home at Holmes Park on Wednesday, March 21. The Terps will then travel back to London for a day of sightseeing and culture immersion.


The Terps’ final match of the week will come at the Harlington Sports Ground against QPR’s U-23 squad. Maryland will attend a match between Charlton and Plymouth at the Valley the following day before returning stateside Sunday.

“In addition to the fantastic competition we will get on the field, our players will get the chance to experience live English Premier League matches, see high level training sessions and most importantly, be immersed in the rich history and culture of England. Cirovski said.”


“I want to thank Murray Abrams, executive vice president at Capital One, for once again helping our fundraising efforts for this trip. Additionally, I want to publicly recognize the role played by the Starting XI, our elite level fundraising group. Finally, I’d like to thank Eric McAleer and everyone at WorldStrides for putting together such a great trip.”

The tour will be Maryland’s third organized by WorldStrides Excel Sports (formerly Excel International Sports). Maryland’s foreign tour is just one part of a comprehensive spring schedule that includes six additional games.

“We have put together a challenging spring schedule, in addition to our exciting UK Tour,” Cirovski said. “We open with two high quality USL sides that will prepare us for the trip to England. We will finish by playing three college teams that will help our preparations for next season.”

Maryland kicks off its spring slate against USL squad Bethlehem Steel, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Union on March 6 at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terps will then take the short trip to Richmond to face DC United affiliate Richmond Kickers on Saturday, March 10. The pre-foreign tour schedule ends when Maryland faces FC Porto Academy from Canada at Ludwig Field on March 12.

After their return from England, Maryland will host Pittsburgh (April 7) and Villanova (April 15) at Ludwig Field. The Terps complete their spring schedule on Sunday, April 22 at 2017 College Cup semifinalist Akron.

Maryland Spring Schedule

Date & Time Opponent Location

Tues., March 6

Bethlehem Steel

Ludwig Field, College Park, Md. 

Sat., March 10

Richmond Kickers Richmond Stadium, Richmond, Va.

Mon., March 12
9:30 a.m.

FC Porto Academy

Ludwig Field, College Park, Md.

Mon., March 19

Stoke City Clayton Wood Training Ground, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Wed., March 21

Leicester City Holmes Park, Leiscester, England

Fri., March 23

Queens Park Rangers Harlington Sports Ground, Harlington, England

Sat., April 7

Pittsburgh Ludwig Field, College Park, Md.

Sun., April 15

Villanova Ludwig Field, College Park, Md.

Sun., April 22

Akron Cub Cadet Field, Akron, Ohio