Brooks Laimbeer

Corner Kick – Alashe and Montague Prep for MLS Combine

Senior forward, Adam Montague, and senior midfielder, Fatai Alashe, begin their preparation for the MLS Combine, which takes place from January 6-8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

On this episode of Corner Kick, hosted by Brooks Laimbeer, Adam and Fatai discuss how they are prepping for the MLS Combine and we look back on their favorite moments in the Green and White and who they will miss playing soccer with.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Bowls & NFL Wk 15 – 12/13/14

It’s the final Walk the Line of 2014. What a great year this was!

Now it’s on to the 2015 Cotton Bowl for the Michigan State Spartans football team, who will head to Dallas for a New Year’s Day matchup against the 3-point favorite Baylor Bears. Will it be a fourth-consecutive bowl victory for Mark Dantonio?

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the best bowls, including the playoff pairings of the Rose Bowl (Oregon -9.5) & Sugar Bowl (Alabama -10), and NFL Week 15 (Detroit -8 vs. the Minnesota Vikings). Read More…

Corner Kick – College Cup Edition

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and topdrawersoccer.com reporter, J.R. Eskilson, recap the Elite Eight matchups and give their predictions for the College Cup and who they believe will win the National Championship.
Brooks and J.R. also discuss who will likely go to the MLS Combine from the Michigan State men’s soccer team and who will be drafted in the 2015 MLS Draft.

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Men’s Soccer Falls to Friars in Elite Eight

Fighters fight, and Michigan State fought until the final whistle in their Elite Eight match against Providence College.

“The guys wanted this day and this game so much,” head coach Damon Rensing said. “I think when you look at the five goals scored, these are five incredible goals.” Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 15 & NFL Wk 14 – 12/5/14

Now that the Michigan State Spartans football team has finished the 2014 regular season with a commendable 10-2 record, Dantonio & Co. must sit at home and wonder “what if” as a depleted Ohio State squares off with Wisconsin (-4) at the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Is a spot in the College Football Playoff still a possibility for Sparty?

Other games this week include the SEC Championship (Alabama -14.5), the ACC Championship (FSU -4.5), and the Pac-12 Championship (Oregon -14.5). Plus there are a couple great NFL games to talk about, like Seattle @ Philly and New England @ San Diego.

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Corner Kick – NCAA Men’s Soccer Elite Eight

December is here, and amongst the start of the winter college sports seasons is the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament. Michigan State, Providence College, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Creighton University, North Carolina and UCLA remain in the NCAA tournament.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, break down the Elite Eight matchups and make their predictions on who has what it takes to advance to the College Cup and who will win the National Championship.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 14 & NFL Wk 13 – 11/28/14

One more regular-season game for the Michigan State Spartans football team as they head into Happy Valley as 13-point favorites over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. A win by any means takes Dantonio’s squad to a praiseworthy 10-2, but can the crew cover the spread and establish their right to a Selection Committee Bowl for this holiday season? Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl…whatever man.

Otherwise this Saturday, there are only like 100 other games that are worth watching. Rivalry week for NCAA football. It’s on! So great!

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Carroll’s Header Puts Spartans into Sweet Sixteen

On a wet and slippery field, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies and Michigan State Spartans battled for 90 minutes to see who would advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

This game would be a rematch after Oakland beat Michigan State 2-0 in Rochester, Michigan during the regular season.

“Honestly we tried to taper [the earlier regular season loss]” head coach Damon Rensing said. “We knew our guys were going to be really fired up for this game.” Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 13 & NFL Wk 12 – 11/21/14

After grinding out a win at Maryland (and covering the -12) last Saturday night, the Michigan State Spartans football team returns to East Lansing for their final home game of the season, favored by 22 points against Rutgers.

Do the Spartans have enough motivation to blow out the Scarlet Knights, or will this be a rainy noon kickoff game that sees Rutgers keeping it too close for comfort? Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer look at this week’s games (including the Lions +7 @ New England) and discuss the probable NCAA Football Championship Final Four.

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Corner Kick – NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament Preview

On Sunday, the NCAA Selection Committee narrowed the 2014 NCAA Tournament field to 48 teams, and on Monday at 1 p.m., teams waited eagerly to see if they made the tourney or received a seed.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, topdrawersoccer.com reporter, give their predictions for each round, discuss possible upsets and what teams have the most difficult road to the College Cup.

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Spartans Earn No. 3 Overall Seed in NCAA Tourney

An inconsistent Internet feed from NCAA.com made the room even more tense as the Spartans eagerly waited to see where they would end up in the NCAA Tournament.

All of a sudden the Internet feed came to and on the screen appeared a No. 3 seed for the Michigan State Spartans and the team got up out of their seats and cheered and congratulated each other on their hard work during the regular season. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 12 & NFL Wk 11 – 11/14/14

There’s no looking back now; only forward to what needs to be done next.

After suffering a devastating and deflating home loss to the underdog Ohio St. Buckeyes last week here in East Lansing, the Michigan State Spartans football team must regroup and get the season back on track as they travel to Maryland as 12-point favorites for a night game against the Big Ten newcomer Terrapins.

Some great games in both college (like Miss St. +8 @ Alabama) and pro (Detroit Lions +2 @ Arizona) on the menu for this week’s show… Read More…

Corner Kick – Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Semifinals

The Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals are long gone and the semifinals are now about to kick off on Nov. 14 with the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes going up against the No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers at 1 p.m. Later that day, the No. 1 seed Maryland Terrapins go up against No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans at 3:40 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersocer.com, discuss the two semifinal matchups. Read More…

Corner Kick – NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Preview

Conference play and tournaments are done. The field of 68 has been selected by the NCAA committee and Friday, Nov. 14 kicks off the 2014 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. For some teams it will be a long road to Boca Raton, Florida, and for some it will be an easier road.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, break down the field of 68 and predict who has a chance to make it to Boca Raton for the College Cup and to win it all. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 11 & NFL Wk 10 – 11/7/14

Now the real season starts! With the Michigan State Spartans football team staring up at both TCU and Kansas State in the most recent NCAA College Football Playoff Poll, it’s going to take a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday and a cover of the -3.5 to leave a lasting impression on the selection committee.

In a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championship game, MSU is in need of a convincing victory over Urban Meyer for the second straight season. Other great games Saturday include Notre Dame +2.5 @ Arizona St. and a death match between the aforementioned TCU, who sits at -6 versus K-State.

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Anyone’s Game in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament

The Big Ten regular season is over with and now the madness can begin with the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, discuss the tournament matchups and predict who they believe will win the Big Ten Tournament.  Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 10 & NFL Wk 9 – 10/31/14

Happy Halloween from Walk the Line!

It’s a bye week for the Michigan State Spartans football team. It’s also a bye week for ex-Michigan Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon, whose former team was pummeled last week 35-11 by a Spartans squad who showed the world what it’s like to shove it up into someone’s misplaced sense of superiority. Props to Dantonio. No more need to be diplomatic.

The question of MSU’s run to the College Football Playoff now centers on the Ohio State Buckeyes and a matchup here in East Lansing on Nov. 8th. In the meantime, the best of 2014 is just getting started. Our select menu on this week’s show… Read More…

Kreutz’s Goal Off the Bench Helps Spartans Tie Fighting Irish

In a hard fought match that went back and forth all night between Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Spartans came out of South Bend, Indiana with a 1-1 draw.

For the opening minutes of the match, the Spartans controlled the possession game and worked the ball around the pitch, but could not put themselves into good scoring opportunities. Read More…

Opinion: Men’s Soccer Ready for Fighting Irish

In the last three years, the Spartans and Fighting Irish have met on the pitch five times. Three times during the regular season and two times during the NCAA Tournament.

The last time Michigan State beat Notre Dame was in 2010 when redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, redshirt senior defender, Ryan Keener, and redshirt senior defender, Josh Barens, were freshman and adjusting to life in East Lansing. Read More…

Spartans and Wildcats Draw in Defensive Battle

In a hard-fought match between both sides, Michigan State and Northwestern could only notch one goal apiece in 110 minutes of play.

The Wildcats came out with high pressure against the Spartans, but Michigan State would set themselves up first for scoring opportunities as they earned a corner kick in the second minute and redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, whipped in a cross in the eighth minute that was grabbed by senior goalkeeper, Tyler Miller. Read More…

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