Men's Soccer Begins Fall Training Camp

Aug. 13, 2008

SEATTLE - Fall training camp for the Washington men's soccer team got underway Wednesday morning as the Huskies begin preparations for the upcoming season. UW will have two and a half weeks of training before their season-opener, Aug. 29, vs. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Washington's 2008 squad features 14 letterwinners and nine starters returning from last year's team that made its second-straight trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Joining the squad will be nine talented newcomers.

'The team is off and running with a great first day,' 17th-year head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'The new season has all the coaches and players very energized and motivated. The conditions for the first practice were perfect and the entire team was well coordinated and efficient. You know you have started well when everyone is looking forward to the next practice.'

The Huskies will host a pair of exhibition matches to further their preparations for the official season opener. UW will entertain Seattle University on Fri., Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. and the Seattle Sounders on Wed., Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Both matches will be held at Husky Soccer Field and will be free to the public.

Washington will make its official debut at the Nike Portland Invitational over Labor Day weekend, facing Fairleigh Dickinson (Aug. 29) and 2007 NCAA semifinalist Virginia Tech (Aug. 31). The Hokies are one of seven squads UW will face that participated in postseason play last year. After traveling to South Carolina for the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational (Sept. 5 and 7) and back down to Portland to face off with their Northwest rival (Sept. 12), Washington will make its official home debut hosting the Husky Fever Classic, Sept. 19 and 21.

Among the top returners for UW this season will be senior midfielder/defender George John who was a first-team All-Pac-10 and All-Region honoree last year. Other returning 2007 All-Pac-10 players include senior midfielder Raphael Cox (second-team) and junior defender Casey Cunningham (honorable mention). Back in the fold will also be a pair of standouts who missed most or all of last season due to injury including junior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins and junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz. John and Hawkins will share the co-captain duties.

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