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
Huskies put all the elements together
by Paul Kennedy, August 22nd, 2012 6:13AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ELITE EIGHT: #1 Connecticut] Connecticut has all the elements for making a national championship run, a deep and talented team loaded with experience. Another key is chemistry. The Huskies hope to build on a successful spring trip to Canada that Coach Ray Reid says is one of the best things he's ever organized.

"The chemistry of the group was just fantastic," said Reid. "I was saying to myself, 'Can we pull this off? Because we'll lose three weeks in May of getting ready for the fall.' But I thought the players deserved it, and it could be a home run. Turns out, it was one of the best things I've done."

The Huskies went 19-3-3 in 2011 and made their 14th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the quarterfinals.

RETURNEES. UConn returns one of the deepest teams in the nation with Jamaican sophomore Andre Blake in goal, senior Jossimar Sanchez on defense, seniors Carlos Alvarez and Stephane Diop in midfield and junior Mamadou Diouf (13 goals in 2011) up front. Blake finished with 15 shutouts, including a program record nine straight. The key player will be Diouf. The 6-foot-1 Senegalese scored 13 goals as a sophomore after enduring an injury-plagued freshman campaign. The Huskies will need to improve their output after averaging just 1.6 goals a game in 2011 when they were shut out five times in the regular season.

NEWCOMERS. Andrew Jean-Baptiste, the 2011 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS's Portland Timbers, but UConn added reinforcements on the backline with Jamaican transfer Sergio Campbell (Central Arkansas) and Trinidadian freshman Dwight Ceballo.
--------------------------------
Email: Send releases to Soccer America
Friend Soccer America
Facebook
Follow Soccer America Twitter
Sign up College Soccer Reporter



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
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 ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] Pac-12 men's archrivals California and Stanford play on Monday night when the Golden Bears ...
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 ...
Marquette's Lyon moves into top 10 for shutout streaks    
[RECORD BOOK] Charlie Lyon extended his shutout streak to 808 minutes, now the 10th longest such ...
Bruins take battle of unbeatens with two late goals    
[UCLA-STANFORD: Women] A golazo by Ally Courtnall and goal by Annie Alvarado fed brilliantly by Sam ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives