Men's Soccer Team Is Brazil Bound

Feb. 26, 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. - Over Spring Break, the Loyola College soccer team is Brazil bound. The squad is preparing for a 10-day excursion through the fútbol paradise, which includes matches with top club teams, training sessions and community service. The team will leave Baltimore on February 27 and return on March 8, spending time in both Sao Paulo and the port city of Santos.

The Greyhounds will have three, full-team matchups with South America's best. The squad will open play with one of the top university teams in the country, UniSanta, and follow with some of Brazil's best club teams, including Santos, and Sao Paulo.

In addition to head-to-head action, the Greyhounds will attend professional league, domestic cup and Copa Libertadores matches, as well as professional training sessions at the world famous Sao Paulo Football Club training facility.

Loyola will also have unique team training opportunities, including beach soccer and Futsal.

On March 2nd, Loyola will make a social support trip to the Brazilian Favelas in Sao Paulo, home to some of the most underprivileged youth in the country. The Greyhounds will distribute gear they've collected throughout the year, including socks, shorts, t-shirts and other equipment to families in the area.

That evening the Greyhounds will have a 7-on-7 matchup with local club EC Pinheiros.The team will also get a chance to sightsee in some of the most scenic locations on Earth, including several Sao Paulo locations. Some soccer specific points of interest that the Greyhounds will visit include the São Paulo FC trophy room (which houses numerous international and national silverware), Santos FC and the Pele Museum.

Junior Greg Howard will be writing a blog for family and friends to describe the team's experiences. Please check the men's soccer website at and clicking on 'men's soccer' on the left side of the page.

Blogs will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week. On the team's return, the site will provide an extensive overview of the entire trip.