Sure, summer just started, and fall feels like an eon away. But lets talk some footy, because the UConn men’s soccer team just released its fall 2019 schedule.
At first glance, it doesn’t offer the firepower of last year’s slate, which featured national powerhouses Indiana and Notre Dame. However, the 2019 schedule does feature five teams that made the NCAA tournament last season: Rhode Island, UCF, SMU, Rider, and Syracuse. Head coach Ray Reid called the schedule “challenging” in the team’s release.
The Goal Patrol will have eight regular-season home games to flex their muscles, as well as a battle against Yale for in-state bragging rights. The Rhode Island out-of-conference game will be one to watch too, considering the fireworks from the last time the two teams met. New striker Jordan Hall will get a crack at his old team in a preseason tilt against Rutgers, now coached by Connecticut soccer legend Jim McElderry.
- John Deeley, the longtime right-hand man of Ray Reid at UConn for 22 seasons, stepped down earlier this spring. He spent 18 of those 22 seasons as the team’s associate head coach. No replacement has been named.
- The Huskies named redshirt senior Dayonn Harris, junior Robin Lapert, and sophomore Felix Metzler as the 2019 tri-captains.
- Former Husky talisman Abdou Mbacke Thiam has carved out a nice role for USL side Louisville City FC. He’s appeared in 11 game thus far (starting six) and has bagged two goals and one assist on the young season.
- Andre Blake, the 28-year old goalkeeper for the Philadelphia Union, resumed his rank as #1 Union keeper, after sitting out the past month with a groin injury. Blake was the team’s starter before going down with the injury against Montreal.
A reminder that UConn games this year will be free for students, via the new ticketing policy. All the more reason to swell the ranks of the Goal Patrol. We still await official word on where those games will be played, though.