I and my cohosts at the Detroit City FC Fancast podcast sat down with Michigan Soccer seniors and Detroit City FC alumni Colin McAtee, Will Mellors-Blair, James Murphy and T.J. VanSlooten for a discussion about their time at City, their experiences at Michigan and what they're looking forward to in the upcoming season.
iTunes, Stitcher or http://www.dcfcfc.com/episode-9-university-of-michigan-soccer/ for those interested.
(Thanks to Brian for the permission to be a little self-promoting here.)
Michigan's Men's Soccer Team released their 2015 schedule and it features nine 2014 NCAA Tournament teams. Last season was disappointing following their strongest recruiting class to date.
Michigan lost several players through transfer attrition (including Ahinga Selamani, a highly touted prospect) and Jacob Duska (to Ohio State). They have two incoming recruits who are solid prospects, Francis Atuahene, a midfielder from New York and Marcello Borges, a defender in the New York Red Bulls system.
Michigan is returning nine starters, including GK Evan Louro, defenders Billy Stevens, Lars Eckenrode and Midfielders/Attackers Will Mellors-Blair, James Murphy, Rylee Woods and Colin McAtee.
This is another ambitious schedule for Michigan soccer. Home matches include West Virginia, Niagara, Detroit, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Rutgers (at 11:30am for homecoming, football ticket holders get in free before football game that day), Duquesne, Valpo, WMU and Michigan State.
Michigan graduate Tyler Arnone has signed his first professional soccer deal with the Real Monarchs, a United Soccer League (USL) team owned by MLS club Real Salt Lake. This hasn't been confirmed by the team yet but Arnone himself has been retweeting congrats and Detroit City FC (he's played there in the past) also tweeted it.
Arnone was a three time All Big Ten selection and the 2013 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year. He was invited to the MLS Combine but surprisingly not selected during the MLS Superdraft earlier this year after graduating from Michigan.
The USL is the third division of US Soccer (MLS – NASL – USL) and includes MLS Reserve Teams, including the newly formed Monarchs, MLS-affliated teams (Richmond Kickers & DC United) and some independent teams (Pittsburgh, Colorado Springs, Tulsa).
The Monarchs opened their inaugural season last week with a scoreless draw against the LA Galaxy’s reserve team.
Michigan Soccer looks to extend their winning streak to 4 matches as it takes on Akron tonight at 7pm.
Akron's website will have a Live Stream here
I'll have a huge update on the soccer team tomorrow or Thursday including this match but wanted to point out that there's a live stream. Go Blue!
Not *that* football related but Michigan Men's Soccer is hosting 2013 National Champions Notre Dame tomorrow night at 7pm at the Michigan Soccer Complex. ND is currently #1 in the country.
Tickets and Concessions are $1 each (GA seats) for the match. Concessions include $1 hot dogs and soda or pop or whatever you call it.
I'll have my soccer update within a day or two but wanted to put this on the board in case you were thinking of attending.
The $1 Tickets are showing on M's website here.
Michigan is coming off an Overtime Golden Goaling winning match at Wisconsin on Saturday, their first of the B1G campaign.
Congratulations to the Women's Soccer team. Advances to the Elite Eight for only the second time in program history after defeating Notre Dame 1-0 this afternoon. Will play the winner of Virginia-Wake Forest next.
For the second time in program history Michigan will play in the elite eight!