Spring Experience Huge For Men's Soccer
April 16, 2012
SEATTLE - The UW men's soccer team played two spring games this past weekend. Head coach Jamie Clark gives us a recap as to how it went below.
Our goal is to give our players the very best playing experience they can get in college soccer. We are fortunate to have so many professional teams nearby, and also the fact that US national teams have camps at the Nike Campus. This ensures we play the best games possible that push our team and let them grow as players.
We need to continue to grow as individuals and as a team all year round. Our tough Pac-12 games and additional out of conference schedule guarantees a great fall, but to make sure that players get the most of their soccer experience we need them to have productive spring and summer seasons. Our spring schedule is fantastic and lets our players face guys that are playing at the highest level. We are also fortunate that we have the best PDL conference in the country right in our back yard. The last two national champions come from this conference and all of players play here. The total sum of these three seasons is that our players can have the very best soccer experience of any college players in the country.
On Friday we tied the Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 in what was a really difficult game. They forced us to handle some of the top players in the MLS including the fourth-best scorer in 2010, Sebstien Le Toux.
On Sunday, we lost 1-0 on a 90th minute PK to the US U20 team on the Nike campus. It was a very tough game against most of the best 19 year olds in the US.
To play these two games in a single weekend was very difficult, but our players responded well and made a great account of themselves.
Next weekend we play the Sounders at 10 a.m. in a closed door friendly.