Members of the nationally-ranked Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team, who began practice for the 2013 season this past Monday, August 12, have had a busy summer prior to the start of practice.
Majority of the team reported back to the University early to attend summer school, work soccer camps and train together. However, several members of the team as well as Head Coach Kevin Langan took part in a variety of soccer related experiences this summer.
Langan spent four days at Stanford University watching legendary Italian soccer team Juventus train. Juventus was in northern California holding preseason camp. He spent time talking with the Juventus Head Coach Antonio Conte and the rest of the coaching staff about their coaching style and philosophy.
"It was a truly inspiring four days,” Langan said. “To watch one of the best modern coaches in Europe coach some of the best soccer players to have ever played the game was an experience I will keep with me for the rest of my career. The coaching staff were very accessible and eager to explain their training methods and style of play."
Junior Giuseppe Gentile and senior Tyler Gibson gained valuable experience training with Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC this past July. Gentile also trained this summer with Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids.
Sophomore Austin Pack trained with the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks.
Incoming freshman Brandt Bronico, who played for Premier Development League’s (PDL) Carolina Dynamo, was named to the PDL’s Eastern Conference All-Conference team.
Fellow freshman Matt Gerrish helped his Triangle United Club team reach the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in late June.
Newcomer sophomore Conor Agnew trained with two professional teams in Brazil (Fluminese and Duque de Caxias) this summer.
Freshman Maximilliano Rodriguez was invited to train with the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions. Fellow freshmen Hans Honer and Eduardo Iturbide were invited to train with the USL’s Charlotte Eagles.
After the busy summer of soccer experiences on and off campus, the 49ers are now practicing as a team in preparation for the 2013 season which begins with an exhibition game on the road at Winthrop next Tuesday, August 20.