July 24, 2009
BALTIMORE - With international heavyweights Chelsea and A.C. Milan squaring off in Baltimore on Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Sun has decided to profile the international flavor of Loyola's very own men's soccer team.
In a piece entitled "Local teams reap European benefits," sports reporter Ken Murray writes about the influx of global soccer talent to Baltimore, noting how Loyola, Towson, and UMBC all have an `international flavor.'
Murray speaks with Head Coach Mark Mettrick and players Tennant McVea, Jamie Darvill and Phil Bannister. McVea is an All-American defender from Northern Ireland, while Darvill and Bannister are All-Regional forwards from London, England, and Newcastle, England, respectively.
The consensus among the international players in the story seemed to be that the opportunity to play quality, competitive soccer while earning a top-rate degree made the move more than worthwhile.
"Here I've got the best of both worlds," McVea told Murray.
Tonight's game will be played at 8 o'clock and is televised live on ESPN. Loyola opens up the 2009 season against Villanova at 5 p.m. on September 1 in search of its third straight trip to the NCAA College Cup.