LAKE MARY, Fla. (CentreAthletics.com) - Ron Smith of USA Sports Tours & Events announced the rosters for the USA D3 Soccer Teams that will be touring Brazil in the first week of June and Centre landed representatives on both the men's and women's teams.
The men's team, coached by Iain Byrne of SUNY Oneonta, will feature Centre sophomore Jacob Haddad (Brentwood, Tenn.). Haddad finished his sophomore campaign with the Colonels with three goals and two assists. He scored the game winner and Centre's lone scoring effort in the Colonels' 1-0 victory over Austin on Sept. 2 and had a goal and an assist in Centre's 3-2 victory over DePauw on Sept. 17.
The women's team will be coached by Jim Conlon of Washington University and will feature a pair of Centre standouts, freshmen Alana Hughes (Lexington, Ky.) and Jessie Turner (Versailles, Ky.). Hughes started 16 of 22 games and finished her freshman season with seven goals and eight assists for 22 total points for the Colonels, good for second on the team. Turner started 22 of 23 games as a freshman defender and proved to be one of the best in the Southern Athletic Association at her position, earning Second Team All-SAA and Third Team All-South Atlantic Region honors.
The USA D-3 Soccer tour will run from May 29 through June 7. The squads will begin with orientation in Orlando, Florida on May 29th before the team flies to Sao Paulo, Brazil that evening. The teams will practice on May 30th in the City of Jundiai before playing their first two matches on May 31 and June 1 in the cities of Jundiai and Valinhos. The teams will then travel to Rio de Janeiro on June 2. The teams will play their third match on Saturday, June 3 and their fourth on Monday, June 6 versus teams from Rio de Janeiro. The two USA D-3 Soccer teams will be competing against top U-22 club teams from the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.