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    Sept. 22, 2009

    The longer I coach, the more interesting it becomes. As I am in my 21st year as a Head Coach, nothing surprises me.

    Our group this year is one of the most focused, prepared teams that I have been around. To a man, they take their opportunity at UConn seriously and are very driven. We have seen over the years, that is not always the case.

    We just came off a very demanding four-game road trip. We traveled to Hanover, New Hampshire for a tournament and then to Villanova and Rutgers for two BIG EAST matches. I thought that our guys did a great job of dealing with the difficulties that come on the road.

    I am very happy with the new players to the program. Some of our Rookies have done a tremendous job of jumping right into the mix of Division I college soccer. Carlos Alvarez, Jossimar Sanchez, Alan Ponce, Thomas Wharf and Stephane DIOP have all contributed in their 1st 6 matches as Huskies. This class has tremendous potential and has assimilated well into college soccer.

    It is very interesting to watch how these young men, from different areas of the world have come together and have done quite well for us.

    Other first year players this year are Colin Bradley, Trevor Constantine, Stefan Berkeley, Lionel Brown, Karl Rumph and Terrell Whiting. We feel that these young men are a great foundation for the future of UConn soccer.e have a great weekend of soccer coming up, with us hosting St. John's on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then hosting Syracuse this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Both matches will be at Morrone Stadium.