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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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Montague Joins Alashe and Chapman in MLS

Adam Montague became the latest Spartan to join the increasingly prestigious MLS on Tuesday. It had been unclear whether Montague would be drafted, but the Vancouver Whitecaps vanquished any doubts when they chose the Michigan State graduate with the 58th pick of the MLS Superdraft.

The pick was acquired via a trade with D.C. United in which Vancouver sent 24 year-old Long Tan to the Capital City for a third-round pick. Read More…

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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A Day to Remember for MSU Soccer

Even for draft day, Michigan State had an inordinate amount of success. Having one player go professional in a day is a success for most teams; another player to put on the “Wall of Fame” and show recruits what they could become. The Spartans had two players officially go from player to picture on the wall, as Jay Chapman and Fatai Alashe turned pro yesterday.

Alashe will be headed out west to San Jose after the Earthquakes gambled on the senior midfielder with the fourth pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Although Alashe went higher than many expected, the Earthquakes never thought about anyone else. They were in dire need of a defensive specialist, and Alashe was the best in the draft. Read 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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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…

Men’s Soccer Hosts Providence with Final Four on Line

Michigan State has made the Elite Eight again, for the second time in the past two years. However, you will not hear anybody on the soccer team bragging about that; they want more.

Preparing to face the Providence Friars with a chance to drive down to the college soccer Final Four (or the College Cup), the Spartans soccer team will be looking to defend their home field as well as they have defended their goal this season. With a trip to Cary, North Carolina on the line and guaranteed national ESPN coverage, this is State’s biggest game of the year. Read More…

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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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…

No. 3 Seed MSU Men’s Soccer Team Ready for Glory

It’s been 46 years since Michigan State has gotten to hoist the most coveted trophy in collegiate soccer. Trending upwards, the Spartans must only have their eyes on gold in 2014.

With the third seed in the bracket, expectations will be deservedly high for the Spartans, who kick off the tournament Sunday at 1 PM against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Spartans lost a 2-0 contest when playing at Oakland earlier this year. Read More…

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…

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…

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…

Men’s Soccer Looks to Defeat In-State Rival

Sunday at 2 p.m,  the Michigan State men’s soccer team will attempt to replicate the success of their acquaintances playing American football. The Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will be battling again for the Big Bear Trophy, which currently resides in East Lansing.

In years past, Michigan State has had immense success at home, winning the last five contests at DeMartin Stadium against their in-state rivals. Michigan comes in at 5-7-3 (2-2-2 in the Big Ten) while MSU boasts a 9-3-4 (3-1-2) record that has kept them in the top 25. Given the teams’ records this season, one would expect the streak to continue. 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…

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