STORRS, Conn. – After wrapping up a successful spring season in April, the UConn men’s soccer team is set to embark on an 11-day trip to Italy on May 12-23.
The team, which will spend its stay in Rome, is scheduled to participate in three matches, beginning with a contest vs. S.S.C. Napoli on Monday, May 16. Commonly referred to as Napoli, the club is based in Naples, Campania and competes in Serie A, which is the top flight of Italian soccer.
Next up, the team squares off against A.S. Roma , which also competes in Serie A, on May 19 before rounding out its trip slate with a tilt against U.S. Latina Calcio on May 22. Latina is based in Latina, Lazio and currently plays in Serie B.
In addition to its match schedule, the team is set to train at A.A. Roma and participate in sessions at the Italian Olympic Training Center in Rome.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our student-athletes to experience competing in Europe,” said Husky head coach Ray Reid. “We will play an additional four matches and have 10 days to take in the culture of Italty. I’m excited for our team and the experience that this trip will be able to provide for them.”
UConn is coming off a 10-6-6 2015 season in which it earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons. Throughout the year, 42,054 fans came to watch the Huskies at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, including the No. 2 average mark in the country with 3,666 fans per match.
Reid, who is set to enter his 20th season at the helm of the Connecticut program, has a head coach record of 414-109-70, which ranks No. 2 in the nation in overall winning percentage among all NCAA active head coaches. In 2015, Reid was honored with the Jim Calhoun Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals that are active in community outreach programs. Reid has been a longtime supporter of the Franciscan Life Center. Additionally, Reid was a 2014 Gold Key recipient, as award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance.
Last week, rising senior captain Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s top-10 list of Division I men’s soccer defenders. To view the release, please CLICK HERE.
To keep up with the team during the offseason and throughout its trip, follow @UConnMSOC on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #EveryGameMatters