WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University men's soccer team will spend the next 10 days on an international trip in England which includes stops in London and the surrounding areas of Stratford upon Avon, North of Wales and St. George's Park.
"It's really a great opportunity for the guys to do a preseason trip abroad," said head coach Travis Beauchamp. "Our players will get to experience a ton of soccer in England with their teammates. it is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are looking forward to it."
Catholic will participate in four training sessions, including two guest sessions with a top class English Football Academy coach, as well as play three friendly matches against local English Academy opposition on Monday, Aug. 5, Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 8.
In addition, the Cardinals will get private tours of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, Old Trafford, home to Manchester United and Anfield, home of Liverpool FC. They will also get the opportunity to tour and train at St. George's Park, the training center and home to England's national teams.
The NCAA allows teams to participate in foreign tours once every four years. In 2013, the team embarked on a nine-day tour in Barcelona, Spain where it trained for four days, competed in three international friendly matches and volunteered with the Catalan Cerebral Palsy Association.
The 26 returning players from last year's team as well as Beauchamp and assistant coach Connor Keenan begin their trip on Friday when they depart for Heathrow Airport (LHR). On Saturday, the Cardinals will have lunch at the famed Covent Garden before volunteering for community service.
Catholic opens the 2019 season by hosting the Turk Emekli Classic with Gettysburg, Lycoming and The College of New Jersey Aug. 30-31.