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#NIUSOCIALSUMMER: UNITED STATES OPENS WORLD CUP PLAY TODAY

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As I'm sure most of you might have seen, last Thursday the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicked off as the host nation took on Croatia and defeated the Vatreni, 3-1. With 11 games played over the weekend, much of the hype all weekend in the United States was the start of the Red, White and Blue's World Cup campaign Monday versus Ghana at 4 p.m. Central. For those not familiar with U.S. Soccer, the contest is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 where Ghana defeated the "Yanks", 2-1 in extra time.

What does the World Cup and U.S. Soccer have to do with #NIUSocialSummer? It's really simple actually. NIU Athletics has two connections to the U.S. Soccer Federation, one current and one former.

Currently, NIU men's soccer Associate Head Coach Garrett Biller is a scout in the United States Soccer Federation's Development Academy where he performs player identification and training evaluations for U.S. Youth National Teams. 

In the former, NIU Hall of Famer Willy Roy, who served as the Head Coach of the men's soccer program for 16 years between 1987 and 2002, played for the U.S. National Team between 1965 and 1973. In his time at NIU, Roy posted a 142-131-22 record and is the all-time leader in victories. Roy earned 20 caps (games played) for the United State's, scoring 10 goals for the Red, White and Blue, the most by a U.S. Soccer player between 1973 and 2002. In honor of the United States Soccer Federation's 100th anniversary, the 11 best players in federation history were selected. Though Roy was not named to the all-time XI, he did receive a vote for the squad. Roy is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

For more on Roy, take a peak at these articles below, including a photo gallery.

TOP DRAWER SOCCER PREVIEWS THE MAC

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On the eve of reporting day for the NIU men's soccer program, Travis Clark at Top Drawer Soccer has a preview of the Mid-American Conference. The big news for the league this season is the addition West Virginia who, along with NIU and Akron, gives the league three teams that made the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Both the Mountaineers (Oct. 27) and the Zips (Oct. 13) come to DeKalb this season.


LESETH READIES FOR YEAR TWO

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With just over a week before the NIU men's soccer team reports for preseason camp, sophomore midfielder Jayson LeSeth spoke to the Journal & Topics Newspapers about his first season as a Huskie, what it was like to become a Division I soccer player and the upcoming season. LeSeth and the Huskies will be on the field for the first time on August 12 when they host Notre Dame in an exhibition contest at 12:30 p.m.


HUSKIE TRIO PLAYS WITH FIRE

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Issac Fire.jpgAnthony Zilis of the Daily Chronicle recently caught up with three members of the NIU men's soccer team, Jordan Godsey, Isaac Kannah and Sean Totsch, who have spent the summer playing with the Chicago Fire's Premier Development League (PDL) team. The PDL is the highest level of amateur soccer in the U.S., featuring most of the top college players from around the country. In the case of the Chicago Fire team, the Huskies received the added benefit of working alongside professional players throughout the summer. 


BIG WEEK FOR FUTURE HUSKIES

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This is playoff week for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in Frisco, Texas, where the clubs of four future Huskies are competing in the 32-team field, hoping to qualify for the finals to be held in Houston, Texas in mid-July. The Chicago Fire Under-18 team and the Lonestar SC Under-18 team both feature players who will suit up for the Huskies.

Charlie Oliver is representing NIU and the Chicago Fire, who dropped their opening match 2-1 on Monday. Oliver and the Fire return to the field tonight at 8:30 p.m. Bertrand Gaschot, Kyle McDonald and Parker Thornton are all members of the Lonestar Under-18 team that fell in their opening match yesterday, 1-0. Lonestar returns to the field tonight, also at 8:30 p.m.

In other news involving incoming soccer players, Matt Pritchard from Creighton Prep in Omaha, Neb., was named as the co-captain of the Nebraska All-State team by the Lincoln Journal Star after helping lead Creighton Prep to another state championship.


FORMER HUSKIE OUSTS CURRENT HUSKIES IN US OPEN CUP

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Current NIU soccer players Jordan Godsey, Isaac Kannah and Sean Totsch saw their U.S. Open Cup adventure end at the hands of former Huskie Kyle Knotek on Tuesday night as the Dayton Dutch Lions eliminated the Chicago Fire Premier Development League team, 2-1, in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Godsey, Kannah and Knotek all started the match as the two teams tangled for the right to move on to play the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in the third round. Kannah nearly opened the scoring in the 25th minute as his shot from just outside the box forced an excellent diving save from the Lion goalkeeper. After the Fire tied the match in the 90th minute, the Lions answered in stoppage time to claim the victory and advance to the next round.

Knotek and the Lions will meet the Crew next Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET in Columbus.  


THREE HUSKIES ADVANCE IN US OPEN CUP

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Three members of the Northern Illinois men's soccer team, Jordan Godsey, Isaac Kannah and Sean Totsch, helped the Chicago Fire Premier Development League team to a 1-0 victory over the Croatian Eagles on Tuesday night in the First Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Kannah scored the lone goal for the Fire while Godsey made seven saves en route to the shutout. With the victory, the Fire PDL team advances to play the Dayton Dutch Lions of the USL Pro Division next Tuesday, May 22, at the Toyota Park Practice Field in Bridgeview, Ill., at 6 p.m.

In its 99th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States. Should Godsey, Kannah, Totsch and the Fire PDL team defeat the Dayton Dutch Lions next Tuesday, they would be drawn to play against a Major League Soccer team in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup.


STOCK RISING FOR NIU SOCCER

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College Soccer News recently released its list of on the rise programs heading toward the 2012 season and Northern Illinois was among its 10 cited as those to keep an eye on. The Huskies were noted for being not only a talented team but also one whose "work ethic gives them the edge in close contests."

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