YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team has departed Pennsylvania for a preseason trip to England and Holland prior to their highly anticipated 2012 season.
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig took 21 members of his squad on the eight-day, two-country trip to Europe.
The York squad departed the United States on Friday evening and arrived in Manchester, England on Saturday afternoon.
The purpose of the trip is to give the Spartans a head start to the 2012 season while also providing the student-athletes an opportunity to visit landmarks and historical sites in England and Holland.
Ludwig believes this trip can provide the Spartans with a great start to the upcoming campaign.
"This trip has proven to be a great bonding experience for the guys in the past and I expect that to be the same this year," states Ludwig. "The trip is not only beneficial from a team standpoint but it gives each of the players a chance to experience life in a pair of tradition-rich soccer cultures."
Ludwig's squad will face four European squads during the trip with the first game coming on Monday evening against Airbus FC followed by a contest against Stalybridge Celtic on Tuesday.
The Green and White will depart England on Wednesday for the short trip to Amsterdam. The Spartans play their third game vs. WV-HEDW on Thursday at 7:30 pm and their game schedule closes out on Saturday with a matinee against Zeeburgia-Amsterdam on 12:30 local time on Saturday, August 11.
In addition to the games and practice sessions, the Spartans will get to watch a match between Blackpool and Everton, get to tour Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium, watch Oldham Athletic FC practice, take a tour of the Ajax Football Club facilities, and go on a two-hour guided walking tour of Amsterdam.
"We have done various overseas trips and each time the players come back raving about their experiences," states Ludwig. "It should be a great start to the season."
The Spartans will return to York on Sunday, August 12 and then have five days off before the official start of practice on Saturday, August 18.