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  1. Irish Set to Begin Title Defense

    Aug 29, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    One at a time. Tasked with defending a national championship for the first time in program history, Notre Dame will continue to employ the simplest of approaches. “I know we took the extra step in 2013, but what our team has been very good at doing in the last couple of years is taking the…

  2. Notre Dame Handles Wisconsin in Offensive Display

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    It’s common speak in soccer circles – 2-0 is the most dangerous lead to hold. It appears large enough to warrant a more relaxed approach by the squad ahead, but all too often, succumbing to this notion results in a quick goal by the opposing team. In an instant, the leading team finds itself dogfight…

  3. Irish to Battle Badgers in Grassroot Game

    Aug 25, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Nearing the end of a summer highlighted by a three-week trip to Zimbabwe, Notre Dame will conclude preseason play tonight against Wisconsin in the 11th annual Grassroot Soccer game. The Irish’s well-documented travels in Africa were born from the team’s connection with Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-governmental organization that utilizes the power of soccer…

  4. Besler’s Ride To Brazil

    Jun 13, 2014, 2:12 AM EDT

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    When I began in this position in the summer of 2013, one of the first one-on-one interviews I participated in was with Irish men’s soccer alum Matt Besler. Besler, a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame, was in the middle of his MLS season with Sporting KC and had just…

  5. Irish In The MLS (And The World Cup)

    Jun 10, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    Not only has a former Notre Dame men’s soccer student-athlete landed on the ground in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but a few other alums are making their presence felt in the MLS. Matt Besler After a storied career at Notre Dame, 2009 graduate Matt Besler was…

  6. Irish In The MLS (And The USMNT) • June 3, 2014

    Jun 3, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    Another weekend of great play from Notre Dame men’s soccer alums in the professional and International ranks is behind us. We can’t forget about our boy, Matt Besler on the United States Men’s National Team on his play preceding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Before we get underway,…

  7. Irish In The MLS (And On The USMNT) – May 27, 2014

    May 27, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    A great week on the international stage for the Irish soccer program as the men’s squad continues its journey over in Africa for their “Service, Sightseeing & Soccer” trip abroad. On the national stage, an alum was named to the United States Men’s National Team for the 2014 World…

  8. For College And Country

    May 22, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    For the first time in program history, a former Notre Dame men’s soccer player was selected to the 23-man roster for the United States Men’s National Team ahead of the 2014 World Cup. It was announced on Thursday afternoon (almost a week earlier than most predicted) by USMNT manager…

  9. Irish In The Pros – May 13th

    May 13, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Harrison Shipp

    It was a huge week on and off the pitch for Irish alums as the MLS season continues to roll on and the United States Men’s National Team manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, inches towards his final roster for the 2014 World Cup. First off, let’s congratulate Matt Besler for being named to the United States Men’s…

  10. An Irish Run For The Roses

    May 5, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    Mostly everybody watches horse racing once a year, and that time was on Saturday, May 3rd. As the eyes of the world and especially the horse racing community turned to Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Derby, there was a bit of an “Irish Flair” to the…

  11. Klazura And Rose Abroad: The Boys Are Back

    May 2, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

    GRS

    A pair of Notre Dame men’s soccer alums, Greg Klazura (’11) and Mike Rose (’12), are on a six-month internship with Grassroots Soccer in Zimbabwe and are sharing their story with us as it goes. This week, Greg returns to the keyboard and talks about pretty much everything … I want to apologize to the world for…

  12. Notre Dame Tops Mexico in Spring Finale

    Apr 26, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    Guillermo Martinez watched as the ball nestled into the back corner of the net and waved his index finger in the air, urging on the deafening roar of the sellout crowd at Alumni Stadium. The star striker had just tied the contest at two on a freak goal, and it seemed as if his squad…

  13. Irish Down Broncos and Crusaders, Prepare for Indiana

    Apr 8, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

    Playing at Notre Dame for the first time all spring, the men’s soccer squad earned wins against both Western Michigan and Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon. “It was great to get outside on our campus, to actually see the sun,” head coach Bobby Clark said. “Everyone was excited.” Clark divided his group into two equal teams…

  14. Topping the Aces

    Apr 1, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    Brendan Lesch tallied two goals and an assist in the midday game and Notre Dame rode a steady effort from its veterans in the nightcap to earn a sweep over the host Evansville Aces on Saturday. The Irish and Aces played a shortened, sixty minute match in the morning and a full game in the…

  15. Klazura And Rose Abroad: Greg’s Hat And The Soccer Culture Of The Region

    Apr 1, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

    Hand-washing our clothes at the Bantu House

    A pair of Notre Dame men’s soccer alums, Greg Klazura (’11) and Mike Rose (’12), are on a six-month internship with Grassroots Soccer in Zimbabwe and are sharing their story with us as it goes. This week, Mike talks about Greg’s hat, lacking infrastructure in Zimbabwe and the soccer culture in the region…   Hi everyone…

  16. Irish Fall to Michigan, Top Oakland in Spring Tilts

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:36 AM EDT

    Notre Dame’s men’s soccer squad continued spring play this past weekend with matches against Michigan and Oakland. The games were held at the massive Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Michigan. The Irish fell to the Wolverines, 1-0, before rallying past Oakland, 2-1. Unlike the team’s previous game against the Columbus Crew in which only starters…

  17. Irish Tie Crew in First Spring Match

    Mar 18, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

    Paced by two goals from sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan, the Notre Dame men’s soccer squad tied the Columbus Crew, 2-2, in its first spring contest. The team was initially slated to battle the Chicago Fire, but stormy weather in America’s heartland kept the Fire on the West Coast after a tilt against Chivas USA. This…

  18. Irish In The MLS

    Mar 13, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    MLS: Preseason-Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls

    As the 2014 MLS season began last weekend, I thought it was necessary to run through the former Irish soccer student-athletes who are actively on MLS rosters.   Nine former members of the Irish soccer program are currently in the MLS, they are …   Justin Morrow • Toronto FC   )   Bright Dike…

  19. Klazura and Rose Abroad: Mike’s Sniffing Talent and Preventing HIV

    Mar 12, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

    GRS

    A pair of Notre Dame men’s soccer alums, Greg Klazura (’11) and Mike Rose (’12), are on a six-month internship with Grassroots Soccer in Zimbabwe and are sharing their story with us as it goes. This week, Greg is on the keyboard talking about HIV prevention, Mike’s incredible sniffing talent and the Mayor…   Greetings Makiwa…

  20. Klazura and Rose Abroad: “Someone Took Their Money And Ran”

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

    Ever seen the movie 'Searching for Bobby Fischer'? Yea, it was nothing like that.

    A pair of Notre Dame men’s soccer alums, Greg Klazura (’11) and Mike Rose (’12), are on a six-month internship with Grassroots Soccer in Zimbabwe and are sharing their story with us as it goes. This week, Mike is on the keyboard talking about getting robbed, losing a soccer game and the importance of circumcision in…

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