May 14, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - On Sunday, May 16, the Loyola men's soccer team departed for a 12-day tour of Barcelona, Spain and its surrounding cities. The Greyhounds will play three games and take in a couple more as they explore Barcelona to Calella.
"We're looking forward to a relaxing and enjoyable trip," says Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "It will be nice to take in the sights, watch a few soccer matches and experience some international competition."
Facing their first competition on Wednesday the 19th, the 'Hounds take on Sant Vincenc de Torrello, a Catalan semi-professional team. Loyola will also train at one of the world's biggest soccer clubs - FC Barcelona's own facilities.
Game two for Loyola comes on Friday when they play Horta, a high-standard semi-pro club at Espanyol's training ground. After its first two games, the Greyhounds take a quick break from soccer before checking out a Spanish first division match between RCD Espanyol and Real Club Murcia (Day 8).
On Day 9, Loyola plays its third and final game of the trip, facing Espanyol FC Reserve. The 'Hounds return to Olympic Stadium to watch the World Champion Brazilian National Team play Catalunya Select before returning to Baltimore.
Check back at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com for updates on Loyola's Barcelona Tour.