Penn State Men's Soccer Canadian
Trip: Wrap Up
June 28, 2016
The Penn State men's soccer team
returned home from an eight-day trip to Canada where it took part in
international competition and saw the sites of the country. The Nittany Lions
left State College Saturday, June 18 to head to their first stop in Toronto and
finished their trip in Montreal Sunday, June 26. Head Coach Bob Warming wrapped
up the trip for Penn State men's soccer.
Wrap Up with Head Coach Bob Warming
Thanks to all of you who
have followed the teams trip to Canada. We appreciated the emails and
texts from everyone. We simply can't thank enough all the alumni and
friends of the program who donated the money needed to feed, transport, house,
buy tickets to two sold out MLS matches, the Niagara Falls tour, fund the pre-trip
training, housing and meals. AMAZING! The players and staff are so
Besides all that
donated, plenty of other folks to thank:
Herb Combs, Nate Miller
and their fantastic grounds crew staff for having our pre-trip training surface
at Jeffery looking and playing fantastic. THANK YOU.
Dan Sowash and all the
fun staff in the equipment room who went above and beyond their normal job
description to take care of training and travel gear for the team. THANK YOU.
Greg Nye and the golf
program for loaning us the luxury Mercedes Sprinter Penn State golf van, and
folks, I do mean luxury. Oh my goodness that van has it all. Everyone
certainly knew we were coming and it was terrific to get so many "We
Are" shouts from people in Toronto and Montreal whenever we would get out
of the vans in different locations. THANK YOU.
PSU administrator Rachel
Rito and academic advisor Sarah Cowart. I group you to together because I never
saw you apart for nine days! I mean never. The guys and staff appreciate all
you do for the program during the year and enjoyed having two really helpful
people along for the trip. THANK YOU-THANK YOU.
Steven Delger - as
athletic trainer you have super long hours and lots of folks to manage on our
team. THANK YOU for your professionalism and friendship.
Chad Duernberger and
Owen Griffith - you guys were, as always, so on top of things. You are tireless
workers who don't just get the job done but go above and beyond to make every
day special for our players and the team. THANK YOU for everything you are
doing to help us build a high performance atmosphere and championship culture.
Literally everyone we
met in Canada, thank you, such kind and thoughtful people. What a great concept
to not be rude. Patrice and the Vaughn soccer club, thank you, what great hosts
and dedicated professionals. The staff at Toronto FC, thanks for your
time with the players and the tour. Mark Bergevin and the Montreal
Canadians, oh my goodness, thank you for the tour the behind the scenes and the
opportunity to go be in the locker room, the players' lounge and to study and
take notes on all the attention to detail that the Canadians have in their
program. We want to be champions and to learn from the hockey program
that has won 24 championships was a rare opportunity. To Lake Shore FC and
Lanaudiere FC the two teams in the Quebec
Professional league we played, thank you for the matches and for being
And finally, to the Penn
State Men's soccer team.
Of course, when you put on a Penn
State University uniform you always represent more than yourself, you
represent your family, your coaches, your school and others. However, in
the case of an international trip, you represented much more. You no longer
carry the torch for just your family and Penn State when you go out of country
On this trip, you represented the State of Pennsylvania,
the United States of America, and college soccer in America to
everyone who saw you. In these times when some are talking of building walls
between us as people you helped build bridges to those who you played against, those
who met you, and those who observed your actions as Americans. You competed
hard against your Canadian opponents, you represented college soccer at a
very high level and impressed those you competed against with your skill,
teamwork and character. You came from behind against a pro team and
did not lose a match. When things got tough physically and mentally, you
hung together, supported each other, dug in and fought for victory. As
young men representing our country, you were exceptional both on the field and
off. I never heard anything but praise about you at any portion of the
trip from start to finish. I know that you are you are proud of what you did
and what you accomplished and you should be proud.
Looking to the future, for our Penn State fans, the team is
excited about the fall season. They are perhaps more excited than any team
I have coached at Penn State. They feel they can be great. On this trip they
went 3-0-1, scored 13 goals and only allowed three. Seven different
players scored as our combination play and interchanges on the field were, at
The team knows the fall schedule will challenge and test them in
every area. We play six opponents this fall who have won 16 National
Championships collectively. As I have said many times, the margin of
victory in our sport is so small that the most important quality is how you
play and compete together as a team. Winning every match just does not happen
at a high level in our sport, but how you play, how you represent Penn State
and yourself, that matters and that lasts long after the score line is
Win, lose or draw, this group of young men are the type of people
and team that I want to have represent Penn State University this
fall and in the future. We aim to make everyone who supports us and everyone
who is a Penn Stater very proud.
Thanks for keeping up with the team and to all of you who are such
great friends of Penn State soccer.
Have a great summer everyone and, of course.... We Are...