WASHINGTON – On Friday, Aug. 2, The Catholic University of America men's soccer team will cross the Atlantic to embark on a nine-day foreign tour to Barcelona, Spain for skill development, community service and team unity.
"We are very excited to get going. We look forward to representing Catholic University in a number of friendly matches," said head men's soccer coach Travis Beauchamp. "Having the chance to go and play in Europe is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a lot of our players. Obviously getting a head start to the season is also a plus."
The Cards will train for four days, while competing in three friendly against Spanish clubs: CF Mollet (Sunday, Aug. 4 at 5:00 p.m.), Sitges (Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6:00 p.m.) and Fenícia FE l'Hopitalet Atlétic (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m.). During their four days of training, Cardinal student-athletes will receive professional training from top level Spanish coaches.
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, CUA will attend a local derby when RCD Espanyol takes on Girona.
CUA's trip will be more than just goals and corner kicks, as the men's soccer team will uphold the university's mission of service by volunteering with the Catalan Cerebral Palsy Association. The Cardinals will meet with members of the organization and engage in native Spanish games, including boccia.
The men's soccer team kicks off the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30 with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Dickinson in Carlisle, Pa.
For more information on Cardinal soccer, visit the official CUA athletic website at www.cuacardinals.com.