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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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MSU Men’s Soccer Season Recap

A few weeks removed from the end of the men’s soccer season, it is only natural that a little nostalgia creeps through the cracks of the shut door. For the Spartans, it was a very successful season, reaching their second Elite Eight in two years, although they were undoubtedly crushed not to progress further in the College Cup. Throughout the season, they endured many evenly-contested games and individual players received the accolades that they deserved, on the field and off.

Now, let’s attempt to relive the season briefly. Read More…

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…

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