The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) men’s soccer team kicked off their first week of practice on Monday, but they’re gearing up to hit ground much further than Northland.
Saints travel abroad for pre-season training in England. The team leaves this Friday for a 10-day training tour in the country of origin of its head coach Barry Chastey and five players.
“We’re allowed to do it every four years, well every three years, but we choose to do it every four years so everyone has a chance to go,” Chastey explained. “Unfortunately our seniors didn’t do it last year so it was a little disappointing but now these guys can experience it and it’s a trip of a lifetime. It’s incredible.”
While in England, CSS will play four exhibition games against local clubs and attend three English Premier League events. They will also have training sessions at high-level academies.
“It’s a huge pleasure to be part of the team and to have this opportunity to go abroad, especially to England, a country which is really important for football,” said the midfielder. Junior Guilherme Silva. “I hope for us, for the whole team, that we make the most of it.”
Saints last made the trip in 2018 and will face Tooting & Mitcham United FC for the first time on Monday.
They will return home on August 29, then officially kick off their season on September 3 by hosting the Milwaukee School of Engineering.