Brooks Laimbeer

Corner Kick — MSU Women’s Soccer Recruiting

It’s not the biggest signing class, but MSU women’s soccer has signed five players that will compete in the green and white for the next four years.

Of the five players that signed with the Spartans in 2015, three are from the state of Michigan, while two come from the Lone Star state.

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Corner Kick – 2015 MSU Men’s Soccer Recruiting Class

National Signing Day has come and gone, and the Michigan State men’s soccer program has added eight players to their roster for the 2015 Fall season.

Out of the eight players from the 2015 recruiting class, five are from the state of Michigan, while the other three are from Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Read More…

Corner Kick – 2015 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Recruiting

National Signing Day has passed and high school seniors have signed their national letters of intent.

Topdrawersoccer.com has four Big Ten teams in their Top 20 2015 recruiting classes — Maryland at No. 3, Michigan State at No. 8, Ohio State at No. 17 and Michigan at No. 20.

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Corner Kick – Third Spartan Drafted, Second Heading to Canada

With the 58th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Vancouver Whitecaps selected former Michigan State forward, Adam Montague.
On this episode of Corner Kick, Montague joins host, Brooks Laimbeer, and Red Cedar Rowdie, Luke Ferris, to discuss being drafted by the Whitecaps and what he needs to do to prepare for the MLS.

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Corner Kick – Jay Chapman

After signing a homegrown contract with Toronto FC, Jay Chapman starts training with the first team this Saturday.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, discusses with Chapman what it was like to be at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and to watch his teammate, Fatai Alashe, get drafted No. 4 overall.

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No. 4 Overall Pick Alashe Ready for MLS

After the San Jose Earthquakes traded up to take him with the No. 4 overall pick, Fatai Alashe, is set to leave for training camp on Wednesday.

What does he need to work on to better prepare himself for the MLS? How much did playing at MSU and for the U23 Portland Timbers help his skills? How much is he looking forward to possibly playing against his former MSU teammate, Jay Chapman?

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The Pact – 1/12/15

MSU men’s basketball reporter, Andrew Hayes, recaps Sunday’s overtime win over Northwestern and discusses the retirement plans of Breslin Center PA Announcer, Terry Braverman.

MSU men’s and women’s soccer reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, and Michigan State men’s soccer head coach, Damon Rensing, talk about Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague, who are currently down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the 2015 MLS Combine, and discuss where they may be drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on ThursdayRead More…

Corner Kick – A Busy Month for Men’s Soccer

The month of January has been a busy month for the MSU men’s soccer program.

Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague are down at the 2015 MLS Combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Jay Chapman has left early to pursue a professional soccer career and MSU associate head coach, Kylie Stannard, has left to become the men’s head soccer coach at Yale University.

Michigan State head soccer coach, Damon Rensing, calls into the studio from the 2015 MLS Combine to discuss how Alashe and Montague have done at the MLS Combine. We also discuss what lies ahead for Chapman and how much of an impact Stannard will have at Yale University.

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Corner Kick – 2015 MLS Combine

The MLS Combine is from January 9-13 and 55 seniors are competing to raise their draft stock for the MLS SuperDraft on January 15.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, discuss the six Big Ten soccer players going to the MLS Combine as well as other players from college soccer conferences around the United States.

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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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