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Zips In The Pros

By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, Sept. 10, 2014, Men's Soccer

MLS / Weeks 10-11

DeAndre Yedlin – Back with Seattle....played 90 minutes in 1-1 tie with San Jose...played 90 minutes in 4-2 win over Portland....played 90 minutes in 1-0 win over Colorado...played 90 minutes in 4-2 win over Chives

Evan Bush – Montreal Impact .....Played 90 minutes in 3-2 win over CD Fas in CCL ....played 90 minutes in 4-2 loss to NYRB....played 90 minutes in 2-0 win over Crew

Ben Zemanski – Portland Timbers... played 90 minutes vs Alpha United in the CCL and played 1 minute in 3-0 win vs Vancouver .....Steve Zakuani....played 74 minutes in CCL game vs Alpha United with 1goal and played 10 minutes in 4-2 loss to Seattle with 1 assist....Darlington Nagbe.....played 80 minutes in 4-2 loss to Seattle and played 90 minutes in 3-0 win over Vancouver with 1 assist....Michael Nanchoff....played 90 minutes in CCL game vs Alpha United

Teal Bunbury - NE Revolution – played 24 minutes in 2-1 win vs Chicago and 65 minutes scoring 1 goal in 3-0 win over TFC and played 90 minutes in 3-1 win over SKC with 1 goal and played 31 minutes in 1-0 win over Chivas....... Scott Caldwell...played 90 minutes vs Chicago, TFC and Chivas

Chris Korb – DC United ....DNP vs Vancouver, NYRB, LA, SKC and Waterhouse in the CCL.....Perry Kitchen.....played 90 minutes in all games with an assist vs NYRB but DNP vs Waterhouse in the CCL

Kofie Sarkodie – Houston Dynamo.....played 90 minutes in 3-1 win over SKC and 90 minutes in 0-3 loss to Columbus

Will Trapp - Columbus Crew – Played 90 minutes vs Houston in 3-0 win and 90 minutes vs Montreal in 0-2 loss.....Chad Barson – DNP

Darren Mattocks – Vancouver Whitecaps......Played 90 minutes vs LA and DC United and 30 minutes vs Portland in 0-3 loss

Eric Stevenson – New York Red Bulls...DNP in last three games but is on the bench.

Dillon Serna – Colorado Rapids.....played 41 minutes vs LA in 0-6 loss, played 79 minutes vs Seattle and played 73 minutes vs DCUnited with 1 goal.

International

Zarek Valentin – Norwegian Premier League, out for year with torn achilles

Anthony Ampaipitakwong – Bankok United, Thailand Premier League

USL

Blair Gavin – Atlanta Silverbacks played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss to San Antonio Spurs and 90 minutes in 2-1 win over Carolina and DNP in 0-1 loss to Indy 11

Robbie Dershang – Harrisburg City Islanders

Aodhan Quinn – Orlando City

Bryan Gallego – Arizona United – DNP

Sinisa Ubiparipovic – Ottawa Fury...DNP




   


Zips In The Pros

By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, June 11, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

MLS / Weeks 9-10

Seattle Sounders
DeAndre Yedlin - Officially headed overseas to play with Tottenham Hotspur; will stay with Seattle for remainer of MLS season...played 90 minutes with one assist in 6-0 win over Chicago in Open Cup...played 90 minutes in 2-1 loss to RSL

Montreal Impact
Evan Bush - Played 90 minutes in 1-0 win over Chicago

Portland Timbers
Ben Zemanski - DNP in 1-1 tie with New England
Steve Zakuani - Played 78 minutes
Darlington Nagbe - Played 54 minutes
Michael Nanchoff - DNP

New England Revolution
Teal Bunbury - Played 90 minutes in 1-1 tie with Portland
Scott Caldwell - Played 90 minutes

DC United
Chris Korb - DNP in 4-2 win over Colorado
Perry Kitchen - Played 90 minutes

Houston Dynamo
Kofie Sarkodie - Played 90 minutes in 2-0 win over Philadelphia

Columbus Crew
Will Trapp - Played 90 minutes in 4-1 win over Los Angeles
Chad Barson - DNP

Vancouver Whitecaps
Darren Mattocks - Played 45 minutes in 0-0 ties with Chivas USA

New York Red Bulls
Eric Stevenson - DNP in 1-0 loss to Chicago

Colorado Rapids
Dillon Serna - Played 73 minutes and scored the first goal for Colorado in the 52nd minute

 

International

Norwegian Premier League
Zarek Valentin - Out for year with torn achilles

Thailand Premier League, Bangkok United
Anthony Ampaipitakwong

 

USL

Atlanta Silverbacks
Blair Gavin - Played 90 minutes in 1-1 tie with Ft. Lauderdale

Harrisburg City Islanders
Robbie Dershang - Played 82 minutes and scored the first goal in the 6th minute in 3-1 loss to Orlando City

Orlando City
Aodhan Quinn - Played 29 minutes in 3-1 win over Harrisburg

Arizona United
Bryan Gallego - DNP

Ottawa Fury
Sinisa Ubiparipovic - DNP

 





  

Zips In The Pros


By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, July 29, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

 

In the MLS (US Open Cup 4th Round)...

Colorado Rapids
- Dillon Serna
played 83 minutes against Philadelphia, scoring a goal in the 18th minute ... played 83 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Portland.

Columbus Crew
- Chad Barson
played 83 minutes in 2-1 win over New England.
- Will Trapp
played 90 minutes in 2-1 win over New England.

DC United

- Chris Korb DNP in 3-0 loss to Fullham.
- Perry Kitchen DNP in 3-0 loss to Fullham.

Montreal Impact
- Evan Bush
started and played layed 90 minutes in 3-2 loss to Portland.

New England Revolution
- Teal Bunbury
started and played 90 minutes in losses to Philadelphia, Chicago and LA and 57 minutes in 2-0 loss to Dallas.
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Scott Caldwell started and played 90 minutes vs. Philadelphia and Dallas, both losses, and played 61 minutes in loss to Chicago…DNP vs LA in 5-1 loss.

New York Red Bulls
- Eric Stevenson
DNP in 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Portland Timbers
- Michael Nanchoff
DNP.
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Darlington Nagbe started and played 90 minutes and assisted on first goal in 3-2 win over Montreal.
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Steve Zakuani DNP.
-
Ben Zemanski played 4+ minutes in 3-2 win over Montreal.

Vancouver Whitecaps
- Darren Mattocks
started and played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs Dallas scoring the 1st goal in the 11th minute.


In the USL...

Arizona United

- Bryan Gallego DNP.

Atlanta Silverbacks
- Blair Gavin
started and played all 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Minnesota.

Harrisburg City Islanders
- Robbie Derschang
DNP.

Orlando City
- Aodhan Quinn
DNP.

Ottawa Fury
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic
DNP.

 

International...
- Zarek Valentin – Norwegian Premier League, out for year with torn achilles
- Anthony Ampaipitakwong – Bankok United, Thailand Premier League USL

 


 

  

Zips In The Pros


By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, July 22, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

- DeAndre Yedlin: USA World Cup Team played valuable and productive minutes against Portugal, Germany and Belgium changing the game with his pace and quality service! Word is he will be going to Roma or Liverpool after MLS season ... also made an appearance on The ESPYs with his teammates after the USMNT was nominated for "Best Moment".

In the MLS

Colorado Rapids
- Dillon Serna played 83 minutes against Philadelphia, scoring a goal in the 18th minute ... played 83 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Portland.

Columbus Crew
- Chad Barson started and played 90 minutes vs New York in a 4-1 loss ... started and played 90 minutes in 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City and in a 2-1 win vs. Montreal in 2-1 win.
- Will Trapp started and played 90 minutes vs. New York and Sporting Kansas City ... DNP vs. Montreal.

DC United
- Chris Korb started and played 90 minutes in a pair of wins against San Jose and Chivas USA.
- Perry Kitchen started and played 90 minutes against San Jose and Chivas.

Montreal Impact
- Evan Bush started and played all 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Columbus.

New England Revolution
- Teal Bunbury started and played all 90 minutes in losses to Philadelphia and Chicago ... played 57 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Dallas.
- Scott Caldwell started and played 90 minutes against Philadelphia and Dallas ... played 61 minutes against Chicago.

New York Red Bulls
- Eric Stevenson DNP.

Portland Timbers
- Michael Nanchoff DNP.
- Darlington Nagbe played 120 minutes in a pair of matches vs. Seattle ... scored a goal in a 3-1 loss ... started and played all 90 in a 2-1 win against Colorado.
- Steve Zakuani played 50 minutes in two matches against Seattle ... logged 63 minutes vs. Colorado.
- Ben Zemanski DNP.

Vancouver Whitecaps
- Darren Mattocks played 68 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Chivas USA ... started and played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw vs. Toronto FC, scoring the lone goal in the 50th minute ... started and played all 90, scoring a PK in the 73rd minute, in a 1-1 draw vs. Real Salt Lake.

In the USL...

Arizona United

- Bryan Gallego DNP.

Atlanta Silverbacks
- Blair Gavin started and played all 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Edmonton.

Harrisburg City Islanders
- Robbie Derschang scored in stoppage time of a 3-1 win vs. Dayton.

Orlando City
- Aodhan Quinn DNP.

Ottawa Fury
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic DNP.




Zips In The Pros

Zips Staff, July 11, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

DeAndre Yedlin – USA World Cup Team played valuable and productive minutes against Portugal, Germany and Belgium changing the game with his pace and quality service!! Word is going to Roma after MLS season with Seattle on loan!!

MLS / US Open Cup 4th Round

Chivas USA 1, Montreal Impact 0
-Evan Bush (MTL) DNP.

LA Galaxy 2, Portland Timbers 2
-Ben Zemanski (POR) DNP, Steve Zakuani (POR) DNP, Darlington Nagbe (POR) played 82 minutes, Michael Nanchoff (POR) DNP.

Real Salt Lake 2, New England Revolution 1
-Teal Bunbury (NE) played 63 minutes, Scott Caldwell (NE) DNP.

DC United 2, Toronto FC 1
-Chris Korb (DC) played 90 minutes, Perry Kitchen (DC) played 90 minutes and scored the second goal!

Houston Dynamo 2, New York Red Bulls 2
-Kofie Sarkodie (HOU) played 90 minutes and assisted on the first goal just 39 seconds into the match.
-Eric Stevenson (NY) DNP.

Colorado Rapids 1, Columbus Crew 1
-Chad Barson (CLB) played 80 minutes, Will Trapp (CLB) played 90 minutes.
-Dillon Serna (COL) played 68 minutes.

Vancover Whitecaps 1, Seattle Sounders 0
-Darren Mattocks (VAN) DNP.

International

Zarek Valentin – Norwegian Premier League, out for year with torn achilles

Anthony Ampaipitakwong – Bankok United, Thailand Premier League

USL

USL and NASL did not compete last week


Zips In The Pros


By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, July 3, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

USMNT...

- DeAndre Yedlin: Played valuable and productive minutes for the USA World Cup team against Portugal, Germany and Belgium. Changed the game with his pace and quality service!

MLS...

Montreal Impact
- Evan Bush
: Montreal Impact was not active this week.

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City
- Ben Zemanski (POR) DNP, Steve Zakuani (POR) played 64 minutes in a 3-1 win on June 24, Darlington Nagbe (POR) DNP on June 24, started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat on June 29, Michael Nanchoff (POR) DNP.

New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union and Rochester Rhinos
- Teal Bunbury (NE) DNP vs Rochester in U.S. Open Cup match, played 58 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia, Scott Caldwell (NE) started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Rochester.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders
- Perry Kitchen (DC) and Chris Korb (DC) each started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Seattle.

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact and FC Dallas
- Kofi Sarkodie (HOU) started and played 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Dallas and a 3-0 defeat to Montreal.

Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire and FC Dallas
- Chad Barson (CLB) started and played 120 minutes in a 4-2 loss to Chicago, started and played 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with Dallas, Wil Trapp (CLB) played 48 minutes versus Chicago and 68 minutes against Dallas.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact and Colorado Rapids
- Darren Mattocks (VAN) played 75 minutes in a scoreless draw versus Montreal and 45 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Colorado.

Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact and Atlanta Silverbacks
- Dillon Serna (COL) DNP.

USL...

- Blair Gavin (Atlanta Silverbacks) started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Colorado.
- Robbie Dershang (Harrisburg City Islanders) DNP.
- Aodhan Quinn (Orlando City Lions) DNP.
- Bryan Gallego (Arizona United) DNP.
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Ottawa Fury), NASL, DNP.


Zips In The Pros

By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, June 20, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

USMNT...

- DeAndre Yedlin: USA World Cup Team (DNP) in 2-1 win over Ghana.

MLS...

 

Montreal Impact
- Evan Bush
: Montreal Impact was not active this week.

Portland Timbers 3, Orlando City U-23 0
- Darlington Nagbe (POR) DNP, Michael Nanchoff (POR) started and played 90 minutes, Steve Zakuani (POR) DNP, Ben Zemanski (POR) DNP.

New England Revolution 3, Richmond Kickers 2
- Teal Bunbury (NE) DNP, Scott Caldwell (NE) started and played 90 minutes.

Rochester Rhinos 1, D.C. United 0
- Perry Kitchen (DC) DNP, Chris Korb (DC) DNP.

Houston Dynamo 1, Loredo Heat 0
- Kofie Sarkodie (Hou) Started and played 90 minutes.

Columbus Crew 2, Indy Eleven 1 (OT)
- Chad Barson (CLB) played 36 minutes, Wil Trapp (DNP).

Colorado Rapids 5, Orlando City 2
- Dillon Serna (COL) started and played 90 minutes.

Vancouver Whitecaps
- Darren Mattocks: Vancouver was not active last week.

New York Cosmos 3, New York Red Bulls 0
-Eric Stevenson (NY) DNP.

USL...

- Blair Gavin (Atlanta Silverbacks) played 68 minutes in Atlanta's 2-1 upset win over Real Salt Lake.
- Robbie Dershang (Harrisburg City Islanders) DNP in a loss to the Philadelphia Union.
- Aodhan Quinn (Orlando City Lions) DNP in loss a loss to the Colorado Rapids.
- Bryan Gallego (Arizona United) DNP in a loss to LA Galaxy.
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Ottawa Fury), NASL, DNP.


My Day As An AK Rowdy And American Outlaw

By Jared Embick, Zips Men's Soccer Head Coach, June 17, 2014, Men's Soccer

I have been in Rio since the start of the World Cup on Thursday. So far, I have seen countless fans from various countries represented in the World Cup. I’ve heard everything from their songs and cheers of hope during the games to their songs of celebration after the games. Unfortunately, I have also witnessed many looks of sadness and heartbreak from the losing fans. However, with each passing day, my excitement for the USA game continued to grow!

My good friend from St. Louis, Justin McMillian, and I have been fortunate enough to not only attend the World Cup, but also catch a few games live. The first game we attended was Argentina vs. Bosnia on Monday night. There were so many fans from Argentina at the game that it seemed like it was a home game for Argentina and the fans. The passion and enthusiasm the fans shared was astonishing. After the game, I knew the next night when the USA played, it would be our turn to show the same passion and enthusiasm for our country.

Monday evening finally came around and we started to get ourselves ready for the big game. We dressed in USA colors and gear and listened to American classics like Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" and Guns and Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle".  We then took the 10-minute walk to Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach. Along the way, we proudly high-fived anyone in USA attire while chanting "USA USA" loud enough to annoy the locals.

There was an overwhelmingly packed American crowd at Fan Fest. The pre-game music consisted of Michael Jackson, Nirvana and of course, Bruce Springsteen. Normally, I like to watch games closely, looking at them through the eyes of a coach. Today was different. Today I wanted to be an AK Rowdy. I wanted to support the team through the ups and downs of the 90 minutes and no matter what the result, I was going to sing, chant and dance. I wanted to celebrate the game of soccer and show my pride and support for our country. 

We walked to the front of the crowd/stage and stood in the mosh pit with many American Outlaws (USA version of AK Rowdies). We sang "I Believe" (the great song our AK Rowdies sing better than anyone) and chanted "USA USA" before the game.

When it came time for the national anthem, all the fans sang in complete unison. I don't think anyone there could have dreamt of what happened next. Clint Dempsey scored in 30 seconds and complete pandemonium broke out in the crowd. Beverages flew into the sky. Screams of joy and ecstasy surpassed anything I’ve heard before. Singing and chanting became louder and louder. I found myself yelling at the big screen. Screaming at anyone – the USA players, Jurgen, Ghanaian players – anyone or anything to help me deal with my nerves. The fans kept trying to scream passion and energy into the players. We tried every chant we could, but deep down we felt like a Ghanaian goal was inevitable (which it was). 

When Ghana scored to tie the game with eight minutes remaining, everything went silent. At that moment everyone seemed to be thinking the same thing - did we just let this slip away?

The next moment that broke through the silence truly defined the American spirit. I heard a group of fans chant "I believe".  Soon enough, the whole crowd joined in the chant and “I Believe” was shouted louder than ever. Americans always fight to the last second and that is exactly what this team did. It made us all proud. Justin and I had a positive feeling about the late corner kick that USA had so we started to film it.

I will leave you with the video I took while watching the USA win the game. It truly speaks for itself. Enjoy!

Until next time,

Jared Embick

 

Zips In The Pros


By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, June 11, 2014, Men's Soccer

Since 2007, The University of Akron men's soccer program has had 19 players selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft – including nine first-round selections – and six more sign a Homegrown Contact with their respective teams since 2013.

Check back weekly as we keep you up to date with the growing list of Zips professional players – both in the U.S. and abroad. Here's how our boys did last week:

USMNT...

- DeAndre Yedlin: Arrived in Brazil Monday with the USMNT to begin preparations for the club's first match against Ghana on June 16

MLS...

Montreal Impact 1, Toronto FC 0
- Evan Bush (MTL) started an played all 90 minutes in net to earn the shutout as Montreal won the Canadian Cup.

Portland Timbers 3, Real Salt Lake 1
- Darlington Nagbe (POR) started and played 88 minutes, Steve Zakuani (POR) played 22 minutes, Ben Zemanski (POR) DNP.

New York Red Bulls 2, New England Revolution 0
- Eric Stevenson (NY) DNP.
- Teal Bunbury (NE) started and played all 90 minutes, Scott Caldwell (NE) DNP.

Columbus Crew 0, D.C. United 0
- Chad Barson (CLB) DNP, Wil Trapp (CLB) DNP.
- Chris Korb (DC) DNP, Perry Kitchen (DC) DNP.

Sporting KC 2, Houston Dynamo 0
- Kofi Sarkodie (HOU) started and played all 90 minutes.

Philadelphia Union 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 3
- Darren Mattocks (VAN) played 16 minutes.

Colorado Rapids 0, Chicago Fire 0
- Dillon Serna (COL) played 75 minutes.

USL...

- Blair Gavin (Atlanta Silverbacks) DNP in a 3-3 draw vs. Indy Eleven.
- Robbie Dershang (Harrisburg City Islanders) DNP in a 1-0 loss to Richmond.
- Aodhan Quinn (Orlando City) played 65 minutes in a 2-1 win vs. the Montreal Impact reserves.
- Bryan Gallego (Arizona United) DNP in a 1-1 draw vs. Sacramento.
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Ottawa Fury), NASL, DNP in a 1-0 loss vs. the New York Cosmos.


Zips In The Pros

By Leo Chappel, Zips Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, June 3, 2014, Men's Soccer 

USMNT...

- DeAndre Yedlin: Played 25 minutes in the second half of the USA World Cup Team's wins against Azerbaijan (2-0) and Turkey (2-1).

MLS...

Montreal Impact 2, New England Revolution 0
- Teal Bunbury (NE) started and played 90 minutes, Scott Caldwell (NE) DNP.
- Evan Bush (MTL) DNP.

Vancouver Whitecaps 4, Portland Timbers 3
- Darlington Nagbe (POR) started and played 90 minutes, , Michael Nanchoff (POR) substitute, Steve Zakuani (POR) started and played 57 minutes, Ben Zemanski (POR) DNP.
- Darren Mattocks (VAN) played 24 minutes.

D.C. United 1, Sporting KC 0
- Perry Kitchen (DC) started and played 90 minutes, Chris Korb (DC) started and plaed 39 minutes.

Colorado Rapids 3, Houston Dynamo 0
- Dillon Serna (COL) started and played 90 minutes.
- Kofi Sarkodie (HOU) started and played 90 minutes.

Toronto FC 3, Columbus Crew 2
- Chad Barson (CLB) started and played 90 minutes, Wil Trapp (CLB) injured during pre-game warm ups.

New York Red Bulls 1, Sporting KC 1
- Eric Stevenson (NY) DNP.

International...
- Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Bankok United (Thailand Premier League).
- Zarek Valentin, Bodø/Glimt (Norwegian Premier League), out for year with torn achilles.

USL...
- Blair Gavin (Atlanta Silverbacks) played 24 minutes in game vs. Minnesota; played 90 minutes vs. Chattanooga midweek in US Open Cup.
- Robbie Dershang (Harrisburg City Islanders) started and played 35 minutes vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
- Aodhan Quinn (Orlando City) DNP over the weekend.
- Bryan Gallego (Arizona United) DNP vs. OC Blues; played 36 minutes vs OKC, midweek in US Open Cup.
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Ottawa Fury), NASL, DNP vs. FC Edmonton.


Zips In NYC...

By: Paul Warner, September 5, 2013, Men's Soccer

After playing in 90-degree weather last weekend in South Carolina, weather conditions will be quite different when the Zips take the pitch at No. 23 St. John's tomorrow night. With a true Fall night projected in the forecast and an 8 p.m. ET kick off, it will be a welcome break from last weekend's heat.

After landing in LaGuardia Airport this afternoon, the team went to the site of tomorrow's night match, Belson Soccer Stadium, for a train and walk through, which lasted about an hour and a half. The playing surface is rubberized artificial turf, similar to the one at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field, and the field sits about 20-30 feet above the rest of campus and on top of a parking garage. This not only creates a game atmosphere that is very windy but one could actually feel the field move up and down slightly from time to time with cars passing in and out below!




As Things Change, They Stay The Same...

By: Paul Warner, August 31, 2013, Men's Soccer

With a new head coach and a number of new faces on the team, its was the same dominating brand of Akron Soccer that we have been accustomed to in the Zips' 2-0, season-opening victory at the College of Charleston last night. UA out-shot the Cougars 23-5 overall and 11-3 on-goal to earn its first W of the year and secure the first victory of what will likely be many in the Akron head coaching career for longtime assistant Jared Embick.

Hear what Coach Embick had to say following last night's match below:



For official statistics, photos and a complete recap of all the action, click here.


It was also great to see all the support from our incredible network of current professional players following the match.


 

It will be a quick turnaround for the Zips this weekend however as the team will have just one day to recover and prepare for Furman Sunday. Then they take the field against the Palladins, they will see a familiar face in senior midfielder Martin Ontiveros, who appeared in 12 matches as a true freshman at Akron during the 2010 NCAA National Championship season.

Ontiveros led Furman to an exciting 4-3, overtime win over Xavier in the first match of the Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic Friday with a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 106th minute.


After a late breakfast this morning, the team went back to the practice field for a stretch and light training. During the session, which lasted approximately an hour and 15 minute session, assistant coach Carl Capellas, who may have the most energy of anyone I've ever met, got in the goal box to take on some of the coaches in a 1v1. Check out Coach Capellas' keeper skills in the video below.



After a quick shower, the team was then off to the Tournament Luncheon at the Charleston Battery Stadium. There, they found an old 1994 U.S. National Team photo that featured Aodhan Quinn's father, Brian Quinn (#14), who earned 48 caps between 1991 and 1994.

 


Zips Eager To Begin Season...

By: Paul Warner, August 30, 2013, Men's Soccer

Just got back from today's light training session and stadium walk through. The team is looking sharp and itching to get the year started. Here are a couple snap shots from this morning.


 


Soccer Central At The Sleep Inn...

By: Paul Warner, August 30, 2013, Men's Soccer

College soccer season is here. If that wasn't already apparent, we were all reminded of it this morning as the team went down to the breakfast area only to find women's teams from Jacksonville State and Canisius, who will be competing at at tournament hosted by The Citadel this weekend, already enjoying their meals. With student-athletes spilling out into the lobby and food disppearing by the second, the coaches turned to Plan B. Bagel run!

That being said, it's a beautiful morning (though already very hot and humid) for a #ZipsGameday! After a full day of travel yesterday – the team checked into the hotel around 9:30 p.m. last night – players are excited to actually get back to soccer.

Plenty of pregame reading for Zips' fans today: read Michael Beaven's 2013 preview in today's Akron Beacon Journal, Top Drawer Soccer identifies Victor Souto As One Of 10 Freshmen To Know and Aodhan Quinn as an MLS SuperDraft Player To Watch in Week 1.


The Journey Begins For Men's Soccer...

By: Paul Warner, August 29, 2013, Men's Soccer

With the start of the college men's soccer season just one day away, the actual journey for Akron begins today. The Zips will touch down at the Charleston International Airport later this evening for the Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston, this weekend. For more information about the matches, read our preview.

As a note, there will be a free video stream for Friday night's season opener against the host Cougars on the front page of the College of Charleston athletics' web site: www.CofCSports.com.

In case you missed it, new Zips head coach Jared Embick broke down the team's preseason schedule and said he was pleased about the club's progress heading into the opener yesterday after a training session at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. The video is posted below.

 

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