Aug. 19, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s soccer team took part in three events on Tuesday, holding its annual Media Day and Coaches Clinic in the morning before hosting its first ever Youth Night later in the day.
Connecticut's Media Day and Coaches Clinic took place on the practice field behind Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, as over 25 high school coaches and several media outlets came out to watch the Huskies train. Following a warm-up session led by Connecticut strength and conditioning coach Chris West, UConn trained from 8-10:30 a.m. in front of the crowd at the practice field behind Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The training session was run in conjunction with the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Coaching Clinic.
Several players, including MAC Herman Watch List selections midfielder Adria Beso Marco (Lleida, Spain) and forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) were available to the media after practice. Other players that spoke with reporters on Tuesday were sophomore forward Nicholas Zuniga (Norwalk, Conn.), redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.), and Preseason All-Conference honorees senior defender Sergio Campbell (Clarendon, Jamaica) and senior forward Allando Matheson (North York, Ontario).
Writers from the Daily Campus, Hartford Courant and The UConn Blog were all in attendance as well as three members of the American Athletic Conference staff.
Men’s soccer coach Ray Reid also took time to meet with reporters, and after the media session there was an hour-long Q&A session in between the Morrone Stadium and the practice field, where Reid and associate head coaches John Deeley and Tim O’Donohue fielded questions from some the high school coaches.
UConn's first ever Youth Night, which began at 5:30 p.m., gave youth soccer players (entering 8th grade or below) the opportunity to watch the three-time national champion Connecticut men's soccer team train. The first 100 kids in attendance received a free gift from ProHealth, and every youth soccer player in attendance was given an autographed UConn soccer poster signed by the team.
Below is a transcript of some of Reid’s comments from Media Day.
On how the new guys have embraced the level of expectations at UConn
“It’s a growing process. We’re only six days into this thing, tomorrow we will be a week in so we can’t get too high or low but I like what we have. I like the mentality and now we just need to build on it.”
On how the Huskies are able to succeed each year despite losing good players
“We’re always losing good players. If I’m doing a good job here we will always have good guys at UConn and we’ll figure it out.”
On what he’s trying to get out of his players in the preseason practices
“We’re just trying to get them better and comfortable with the UConn way and have them start doing the right things.”