Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
#5 Connecticut: Huskies can be much better this season
by Paul Kennedy, August 25th, 2011 4:36AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college men

MOST COMMENTED

[TOP 5 PREVIEW] Rarely do Connecticut stars leave Coach Ray Reid's program early to turn pro so it's no surprise that perhaps no team in the country has more talent than No. 5 Connecticut. This year's team features a pair of Preseason All-Americans, Tony Cascio and Carlos Alvarez, both exciting players, and one of the nation's top young defenders in sophomore Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

Such is UConn's reputation as a soccer power that the Huskies recruited Cascio and Alvarez from Arizona and Southern California, and they have not disappointed. Cascio has scored 19 goals and 17 assists in three seasons, and Alvarez has seven goals and 27 assists in two seasons).

"Having those guys in the front of the team is very good for us," says Reid. "We are very happy with them."

The wild-card in the UConn attack will be Senegalese striker Mamadou Doudou Diouf, who scored six goals in a freshman season cut short by an injury.

The big question mark is in goal, where Josh Ford graduated after starting for four seasons. Reid says Jamaican freshman Andre Blake is in line to get the starting job, but it's a battle among five candidates.

Jean-Baptiste was outstanding as a freshman when UConn went 12-2-6, losing only to Maryland and Georgetown and going out in both the Big East and NCAA Tournaments in shootouts.

"I think this team can be better," says Reid. "Andrew Jean-Baptiste is going to be a key guy on defense, he is the leader of the backs. Last year's team was very good, but this year we can also be very good. We are playing a harder schedule and we are more mature."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Michigan State's Stacy puts away a 'banger'    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Junior transfer Jason Stacy had a big week for No. 18 Michigan State ...
Pac-12 battle destined for a tie    
[STANFORD-CALIFORNIA: Men] Zach Batteer's goal in the 76th minute earned No. 5 Stanford a 1-1 tie ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] The Patriot League is in the spotlight on Wednesday when Colgate (11-1-2) faces Boston ...
Bruins move back into first-place tie in Pac-12    
[UCLA-OREGON STATE: Men] No. 15 UCLA moved into a first-place tie with Washington in the Pac-12 ...
Terrapins are on an upward trend    
[INDIANA-MARYLAND: Men] Watch out for Maryland. The Terrapins' first season since leaving the ACC for the ...
Short-handed Bruins knock off No. 1 Huskies    
[UCLA-WASHINGTON: Men] UCLA, which began the season as the No. 1 team in the country, knocked ...
Bruins extend unbeaten streak to 35 games    
[UCLA-CALIFORNIA: Women] No. 1 UCLA blew open a close game with three-second half goals by Darian ...
Soccer alum pledges record $8 million for stadium    
[CONNECTICUT] Tony Rizza, who started 59 games as a defender for the University of Connecticut over ...
Gunn: 'We were dominant in every sense of the game'    
[STANFORD-UCLA: Men] Zach Batteer's goal in the 57th minute gave No. 9 Stanford a 1-1 draw ...
Beavers come away 'a little disappointed' with draw    
[OREGON STATE-WASHINGTON: Men] Freshman Jordan Jones scored on a header in the 73rd minute to give ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives