Soccer Takes Preseason Tour to England

Aug. 14, 2001

Seattle - The Washington men's soccer team departs Seattle Aug. 15 for an intensive preseason tour to England Aug. 15-26, visiting the soccer hotspots around the country and visiting and competing against some of the best-known soccer clubs in the world.

In the first tour of its kind for a Washington soccer team, the Huskies are scheduled to play six matches throughout Chester, Manchester, Liverpool and London They will face reserve teams from perennial powers such as Everton, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandria.

The tour starts in the major soccer cities of Manchester and Liverpool, in the northwest end of England and the team will headquarter for six nights at Chester College in the historic Roman city of Chester. Located there are soccer powershouse clubs Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City and the smaller Crewe Alexandra. The tour concludes with a four-night in London and a tour of its famous attractions including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

The tour replaces the usual home exhibition season for Washington. The Huskies, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, are led by a seven-player senior class including senior co-captains Bryn Ritchie, a second team all-American, and Ben Somoza, a first team All-Pac-10 honoree in 2000.

Washington opens its 2001 regular season on the road in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies play Fairleigh Dickinson Aug. 31 and defending NCAA champion Connecticut Sept. 1. The first home game is Sept. 14 versus UC-Santa Barbara.

Husky Men's Soccer England Trip
August 15-26, 2001

August 15
7:00 am - Check-in at Seattle for 8:55am flight Continental #128 Newark, NJ.
5:22 pm - Arrive EWR (Newark), and change planes on to Continental #20.
8:05 pm - Continental #20 departs EWR for Manchester, England

August 16
7:55 am - Arrive Manchester
10:30 am - Arrive Chester College
4:00 pm - Game #1 vs. Everton Reserves
Evening sightseeing in Chester, visit to Roman Wall and Cathedral

August 17
Training
Local area sightseeing

August 18
8:00 am - Morning training or sightseeing around Chester
1:30 pm - Depart Chester for Crewe
3:00 pm - Crewe Alexandra vs. Sheffield Wednesday (first home game of the season for this club in the First Division)

August 19
Training in Chester
4:00 pm - Manchester United vs. Fulham at Old Trafford

August 20
11:00 am - Game #2 vs. Manchester City Reserves
8:00 pm - Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park
Return to Chester College by 11:30 pm

August 21
8:00 am - Depart to Ewood Park home of the Blackburn Rovers
11:00 am - Game #3 vs. Blackburn Reserves at the Training Ground
Lunch and tour the Ewood Park Stadium
Return to Chester mid-afternoon for sightseeing or training
6:30 pm - Prepare for departure to London
8:00 pm - Arsenal vs. Leeds United on Sky Sports TV

August 22
8:00 am - Check out of Chester College. Head south to London stopping en route at Crewe Alexandra's training ground for games
11:00 am - Game #4 vs. Crewe Alexandra FC (English 1st Division)
Depart for Avery Hill College
6:00 pm - Arrive Avery Hill College
8:00 pm - Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United on Sky Pay TV

August 23
7:30 am - Training and departure to Saville Road, Essex.
1:00 pm - Game #5 vs. West Ham Reserves at training ground (at Saville Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex)

August 24
Training
10:00 Depart for London tour of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Changing of the Guard, 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon shopping in Leicester Square & Oxford St.
Tours of Tower of London or Windsor Castle

August 25
Training
Sightseeing in London

August 26
8:00 am - Depart Avery Hill for 1 hour journey around the M25 to London Gatwick Airport (South Terminal)
10:00 am - Check-in for flight Continental #5 departing Gatwick at 12:00 pm
4:15 pm - Arrive Houston
5:35 pm - Depart for Seattle on Continental #251
7:52 pm - Arrive Seattle

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