Archive for the ‘IU Men’s Soccer’ Category

There are clearly many Indiana Men’s Soccer Players playing professionally, but there are also many who chose not to go pro. This doesn’t make them any less notable, considering most of them contributed to these achievements:

NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship:

  • Winners (8) – 1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012
  • Runners-Up (6) – 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1994, 2001

Big Ten Conference Tournament:

  • Winners (11) – 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • Runners-Up (3) – 2005, 2007, 2008

Big Ten Regular Season:

  • Winners (14) – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 20001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010
  • Runners-Up (3) – 1991, 1992, 2005

For this, we applaud all the Hoosiers that made the soccer program as notable as it is today.

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Facebook-less

Posted: April 22, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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The IU Men’s Soccer Program is Facebook-less.

I know. I was surprised, too. You’d think that such a successful program would promote their team via Facebook, which even come before Twitter, but you’ll just have to resort to @IUMensSoccer for all your updates on the team!

Along with having a good reputation throughout Bloomington, specifically on campus, the Indiana University Men’s Soccer program leaves lasting impressions on aspiring soccer stars.

Every summer Todd Yeagley and the rest of the IU Soccer Staff hosts a soccer camp for boys between the ages of 10 and 19. The campers get to stay in the dorms and eat at the IU dining halls, getting a feel for college life.

The Indiana Soccer Camp develops players who come it at all levels of play and aim to increase their level of skill by the end of the camp. The players get a chance to train with the the best coaches at the collegiate level.

As a whole the soccer program reaches out to a broad audience, creating better soccer players at all ages and levels. Hopefully, a future Hoosier and professional are in the mix. For more information about the soccer program visit indianasoccercamp.com.

Photo Courtesy of Indiana Soccer Camps

Photo Courtesy of Indiana Soccer Camps

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Photo Courtesy of IU Men’s Soccer Twitter

One of the most useful and efficient ways to get the latest updates on Indiana University’s Men’s Soccer team is their twitter account. @IUMensSoccer provides updates to everything the team is doing.

They provide a play by play during games such as the score and scoring chances or saves. During the offseason (like now for example) the account tweets about practices and scrimmages. Most recently they have tweeted about the new star being added to the scoreboard at Armstrong Stadium.

In addition, they do a lot of promoting past players if anything substantial comes along. For example, when Luis Soffner and Eriq Zavaleta were drafted in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft they tweeted pictures and information so that fans could stay up to date. Again, as I’ve mentioned, they also took part in #GetWellKA, where the New England Revs tried to reach their fan base to get well wishes sent to their player.

The twitter account definitely gives the men’s soccer program at Indiana a good image and helps promote games etc, so that fans come out and support the team. Definitely give it a follow!

Kevin Alston, Revolution defender and Hoosier, was recently diagnosed with a rare but treatable leukemia, myelogenous leukemia. He has taken an indefinite leave of absence for treatment, but is expected to return to the team. The amount of support Alston has received from Hoosier nation proves the saying “Once a Hoosier, Always a Hoosier.”

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Photo Courtesy of IU Men’s Soccer Twitter Account

Previous players, including players who are too young to have played with him (Eriq Zavaleta), have tweeted sending their prayers to Alston. The Indiana Men’s Soccer twitter account has been retweeting the shout-outs to make the fans aware of the situation.

They even retweeted the New England Revolution’s tweet about the email address that fans can email to send him well wishes and positive thoughts.

This form of support really shows how close knit the program is and that Hoosier Nation continually supports alumnae.

If my previous posts haven’t explained the overall prestige of the IU Men’s Soccer Program you should check out this list of all of the Hoosiers that have played professionally.

Still Kickin’

Posted: April 2, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Soccer

Okay, so he briefly coached for Notre Dame.  That being said, John Stollmeyer will remain a Hoosier in my heart forever.

Stollmeyer played two seasons in Major Indoor Soccer League and one each in both the American Soccer League and AmericanProfessional Soccer League.  He also earned thirty-one caps with the U.S. national team from 1986 to 1990 and was a member of the U.S. team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Force 86-87 Road John Stollmeyer

Stollmeyer set the IU career assist record and currently ranks third on IU career list.  He played professionaly with the Cleveland Force and was rookie of the year in 1086 and 1097.  In 1987, he was also a member of the Pan American Games team and the World University Games team.  In 1988, he went on to the US Olympic team and the 1990 US World Cup Team.

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At 47, Stollmeyer is retired from professional ranks but still keeps in great shape by playing men’s indoor league.

When asked about soccer, Stollmeyer says,

We still don’t lose.  We look like a bunch of old bums, but we still know what we’re doing.

The love of thegame never really dies.  Today, Stollmeyer is Vice President of investments for Raymond James in Indianapolis.

And, of course, his children all play soccer.

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As a freshman at Indiana University, Lee Nguyen already had an outstanding resume. His freshman season (2005) brought him many honors such as: National Freshman of the Year, 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, only Big Ten freshman to be named to the All-Big Ten first team, unanimous selection to Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and numerous others among this caliber.

After his freshman year at Indiana, Nguyen went on to play for the Ajax Orlando Prospects and began his roller coaster of a career. The Prospects were an American soccer team that was a member of the US Leagues Premier Development League. When the team began to disintegrate, Nguyen started surveying his options overseas.

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Photo Courtesy of wvhooligan.com

This started his international career. He started in the Netherlands for PSV Eindhoven from 2007-2008. From there he traveled not too far to Denmark where he played with the Randers FC for a season in 2008. The next three seasons he played in Vietnem for Hoang Anh Gia Lai and then Becamex Binh Duong FC, where he was the highest paid athlete.

It wasn’t until 2011 that the MLS had been committed to Nguyen’s talent. In December he signed a multi-year deal with the MLS. A weighted lottery system placed in in Vancouver to play for the Whitecaps FC. He was later waived before the start of the season and picked-up by the New England Revolution, where he now plays with other former Hoosiers Alec Purdie and Kevin Alston (pictured below).

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Google is a powerful thing. Maybe too powerful. It can be hard to find just what you’re looking for. Sometimes there’s just TOO much going on. Want to keep up with the Hoosiers but you’re not sure where? Here’s some links to popular IU blogs and news sources for the past, present and future of IU Athletics.

Peegs, the official rivals.com site for just Indiana. Subscribe and get access to exclusive forums and information. (http://indiana.rivals.com/)

The Crimson Quarry. Sounds like it’d be just football, but you can find information and post your own views on most major sports at IU. You can even purchase tickets for upcoming events! (http://www.crimsonquarry.com/)

Hoosier Hype. The student led blog associated with the Indiana Student Daily. (http://www.idsnews.com/blogs/hoosierhype/)

Hoosier Sports Nation. It pretty much has it all. “A forum of the people, by the people, for the people.” A lot of student contribution and solid information. Follow them on twitter, too. (http://www.hoosiersportsnation.com/)

Indiana University Insider. Want something more “professional?” From the office of the Indy Star, this source is updated by hired journalists, not students. I’m not convinced that’s always better, but you might find less grammatical errors. (http://blogs.indystar.com/hoosiersinsider/)

Hoosier Hystoria. A fun flash back of what IU athletics used to be. Articles from the archives of the Bloomington Herald-Times. (http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/hoosiershq/historia/)

 

Nick Garcia brings a new meaning to the lyrics “All I do is win, win, win, no matter what.” This Indiana Alum truly has won on all platforms.

Starting in high school in Texas, Garcia won two TAPPS state high school championships. He was selected to the to the all-district, all-state, and all-tournament teams, and was named Gatorade’s National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. At the same time, he played with the Dallas Texans youth club, a prestigious soccer club in North Texas.

By bringing his talents to Indiana University, Garcia brought championships. He won consecutive NCAA Men’s Soccer championships with the IU soccer program in 1998 and 1999. These made his all-time championship record four total… As a sophomore in college.

Garcia then signed with Project-40 and the MLS in 2000. Project-40, then sponsored by Adidas, was a program that encouraged early entry for American soccer players to sign with the MLS without a college degree, but would give scholarships to students who wished to continue with college if their professional dreams and expectations were not fulfilled.

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Image Courtesy of Dallas Texans Soccer Club

Fortunately for Garcia, he was signed 2nd overall in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards.

As I’m sure you can assume by Garcia’s championship pattern, the Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000, the first year Garcia played with them, and won the US Open Cup in 2004. During his time in Kansas City, he played in or started approximately 200 games from 2000 to 2007. However, his luck and success would not carry over to his next team.

Garcia was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes for their return to the MLS in 2008, where he became team captain. Soon after he was traded to Toronto FC, where he ended up becoming a free agent.

Garcia’s career may have ended sooner than he would have liked, but he has won 6 championships, making him a champion despite the ending of his career.