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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 – 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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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…

Men’s Soccer Advances to Second Straight Elite Eight

When the Michigan State Spartans and Washington Huskies met in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21 for a preseason match, both teams were figuring out their starting lineups as the Huskies won the game 1-0.

With both lineups set this time, these two teams would meet again in a match that would hold a little more significance, as the fate of both teams’ seasons would ride on this Sweet 16 match at DeMartin Stadium. 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…

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…

Stacy’s Play Powers Win for Men’s Soccer

The Spartans continued their success against Western Michigan University as they found the back of the net four times to come away with the 4-0 win on Wednesday.

It did not take long for Michigan State to find the back of the net after earning a free kick in the fourth minute. Read More…

Second Half Goals Give Men’s Soccer the Win

A young Wisconsin Badgers team surprised the Spartans early, but in the end the experience of Michigan State gave them the 2-1 win.

Within the first minute of the game, the Badgers earned a free kick on the left side of MSU’s 18-yard-box, 30 yards out from goal.

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Spartans Create Chances, Just Can’t Finish

In a game which Michigan State controlled most of the possession, the Spartans could not put one in the back of the net against Rutgers University, eventually finishing in a 0-0 tie.

From the start of the game, the Spartans brought relentless pressure on the Scarlet Knight defense, earning 12 set pieces in the entire first half, nine of those being corner kicks.

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A Hard-Fought Battle Gives MSU Fifth Win

In a competitive match between Bowling Green and No. 16 Michigan State on Wednesday, the Spartans came out victorious, 1-0, on a late goal.

At the beginning of the game, Michigan State was put under pressure from a Falcons team that pushed their defensive line high and pushed their strikers forward to chase the ball. Read More…

Chapman Gives Spartans Third Win of the Season

After a game full of turnovers against the Valparaiso University Crusaders on Thursday, the Spartans regained composure and their shutout streak against the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, 1-0 Sunday.

Right from the sound of the opening whistle, Michigan State began relentless pressure on Loyola’s defense.

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Crusaders Hand Spartans First Loss of Season

In a physical and offensive battle that saw a combined 32 shots from both teams, Valparaiso University edged out No. 7 Michigan State, 1-0 in a close game.

From the start of the whistle, the Spartans and Crusaders battled it out for the first 18 minutes of the game until senior forward, Adam Montague, collided with Valpo goalkeeper, Nico Campbell, on a 50-50 ball inside the Crusaders’ six-yard box.

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