RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada soccer team will take a trip to Brazil this weekend to compete against several clubs, watch a few professional matches, and experience the game of soccer abroad. The trip has been financed by the coaching staff and support of the student-athletes and their families.
“International trips provide an entirely unique experience for our student-athletes,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “We value this trip as part of our development as a team, program, and as young women as a whole. We're fortunate to play against some quality women's teams in Brazil and I see this as another opportunity to develop our program. Our players will be challenged and I know we will rise to the occasion. These games are about taking risks, enjoying the competition, and working well as a team.”
Brazil plays host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup next year. The country has produced two of the most famous soccer players in Pele and Marta, as well as many other talented and world renowned stars.
Nevada will face a total of three semi-pro level women’s teams while in Brazil. The Wolf Pack will play the Americano Futebol Feminino club Sunday morning, before taking on Ferroviaria-Fundesport on Tuesday. The team closes out the trip with a match against Centro Olimpico Futebol Feminino on Thursday.
The team will watch several men’s club teams compete and will get an opportunity to visit Santos FC (former club of Pele) for a tour. A visit to the Museum of Soccer at Pacaembu Stadium is also planned.
Nevada opens the 2013 season with four consecutive matches at Mackay Stadium, beginning with an exhibition against a to be determined opponent on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. The team will then battle USF Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., Eastern Washington Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., and Wright State on Sep. 1 at 1 p.m.