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MLS Huskies Part IV: The UConn Advantage

May 18, 2015

Every Monday, UConn men's soccer will take a look at some of the former Connecticut standouts currently playing in Major League Soccer or other professional leagues. We will provide updates on their teams and share some insight from the players, who have all answered a variety of questions regarding their pro careers.

MLS Weekly Recap
Cyle Larin | F | Orlando City (Record: 3-3-5) | Scoring Totals: Four goals (Tied for team-high)
Wednesday's Result: 2-1 loss to DC United

>> Started up top and played 77 minutes
>> Recorded his third career MLS goal in the 11th minute, netting one from the top of the penalty box
>> Finished the game with one shot
Sunday's Result: 4-0 win over LA Galaxy
Started up top and played 78 minutes
>> Tallied his fourth MLS goal this season after scoring in transition in the 34th minute
>> Finished the game with four shots
George Fochive | MF | Portland Timbers (Record: 3-4-4) | Saturday's Result: 3-1 loss to Houston
>> Dressed but did not see any playing time
Tony Cascio | MF | Orlando City (Record: 3-3-5)
Wednesday's Result: 2-1 loss to DC United
>> Did not appear
Sunday's Result: 4-0 win over LA Galaxy
Did not appear
Andre Blake | GK | Philadelphia Union (Record: 2-3-7) | Sunday's Result: 1-0 win over DC United
>> Did not appear (Currently injured)
Sergio Campbell | D | Columbus Crew (Record: 4-2-4) | Saturday's Result: 2-0 loss to San Jose
>> Did not appear

This Week's Question: How did playing for Coach Reid at UConn help prepare you for the pro level?
Cyle Larin -
"Some things I learned from Coach Reid are discipline, working hard and getting things done on time. I think that really help me prepare for the MLS. Without those things you won't survive at the next level."
George Fochive - "Playing for Coach Reid has helped me understand what the standard should be for a soccer player. I developed a solid work ethic there and learned how to sustain pressure and give honest performances day in and day out. Also, discipline is a key and is something we valued a lot at Connecticut."
Tony Cascio - "I learned that every game is important, and that hard work pays off. Coach Reid hates losing, and I think that helps his players want to win even more."
Andre Blake - "
UConn produces great soccer, and it emulates an environment that you would see at a professional organization. For example, the structure of the team and the weight lifting program was top quality. I came into the professional environment and I felt like I was on track and not behind. The stuff we would do here is very similar to what I had done at UConn as it relates to weight lifting.
Sergio Campbell - "I think the most important thing that I took from Coach Reid and from UConn was to be mentally strong. That helped me transition into the MLS because as a rookie you really have to have thick skin. Aside from the technical soccer part of the game, the most important thing is to be able to take criticism and show them that you are improving."
Jossimar Sanchez (Defender for the Swedish Pro Team Nykopings BIS) - "While at UConn, I learned to listen to whatever I am told and take all of it in. Whether I think the other person is wrong or not, I've been able to listen to other players instead of being dismissive. This helps avoid arguments that only hurt the team."