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Men's Soccer Heading to Scotland for 2005 Pre-Season

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State men's soccer team will be heading to Glasgow, Scotland, for nine days of training and matches in early August.

The team will train daily, participate in matches against top professional and amateur clubs, tour the Scottish country side and take in a Scottish Premier League match.

Head Coach Keith Byrnes is hoping this tour will help the Bobcats get off to a strong start this upcoming season.

With 16 returning players, including nine starters, from last season's 11-8-2 team which advanced to the AMCC semifinals, the timing seems right to participate in this type of experience.

"We have had a habit of getting off to a slow start the past few seasons, so hopefully this extra time training and playing together will put us in a better position to be more competitive in the beginning of the year," said Byrnes.

"I think our team chemistry will really benefit from this type of trip because not only will we be getting all of our soccer training in but we'll be able to do many activities as a team off the field that will help us grow and understand each other better.

"When our official pre-season starts in late August, we'll only have to integrate a handful of new players, which has not always been the case considering we've had classes of 11 and 13, respectively, the last two seasons," Byrnes added.

"Being able to count on so many for their leadership and experience and not having to rely on our new players to impact us right away will be a benefit we have not had in the past."

FSU will play two games against top youth programs from two professional teams — Queens Park FC and Falkirk FC — as well as two matches against two top amateur teams — Kilpatrick and Campsie Black Watch FC.

The Bobcats will train lightly on game days and twice on their days off. The team will also be touring the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and will get the chance to attend a Scottish Premier League soccer match.

FSU is doing this trip in association with Excel Sports out of Sykesville, Md., which has set up numerous trips with area colleges. They have taken care of arranging airfare, lodging, meals, games and tours for the team.

The team will also be accompanied throughout the trip by its own Scottish tour coordinator, who will arrange travel and help the team get around to its sights.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780