UNO men’s soccer team embarks on Costa Rican trip
July 2nd, 2015
The University of Nebraska at Omaha menâ€™s soccer team is traveling to Costa Rica today for a ten day trip. The Mavericks will face-off against four professional Costa Rica teams. KVNOâ€™s Brandon McDermott has more on the Central American trip for the Mavs.
Omaha, NE – The UNO menâ€™s soccer team is fresh off a 2014 season where they shared a Summit League regular season title for the first time in its short four year history.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/costa-rica-final.mp3]
Now the Mavericks are taking an overseas trip to Costa Rica and head coach Jason Mims says his team will benefit greatly from it.
â€œFour games in about ten days. Three top division Coast Rican professional teams and one second division team. The level of play in Costa Rica is pretty high, I think they are currently ranked 7th in the World in soccer. They are coming off a quarter final finish in the World Cup. The country is booming with soccer right now, weâ€™re going at a great time.â€
Now that the Mavs will be in a different country with many distractions, Mims says opportunities like this early in the season often provides chances for teammates to bond.
â€œAnytime you put guys in a foreign country together, you instantly become closer,â€ Mims said. â€œNow, you have to rely on each other for everything from the language, to food, to hanging out and to the facilities. It will be a neat experience off the field for these guys to gel a little bit. I think the team is a close team already. This will just make it that much better.â€
Mims isnâ€™t worried about wins and losses, he says, with this Costa Rican trip. He said this will give the team a boost a month before the annual Black-White scrimmage kicks-off the 2015 season.
â€œI think we are in a good spot – that is the advantage of having a good spring season. Weâ€™re not like most teams were we only play local colleges. We play professional teams and we play top college teams. I think the spring gives us a good chance to evaluate heading to the fall and we had a good spring.â€
UNO was 10-5-2 overall in 2014 and 3-2-1 in the Summit League. The Mavs play BelÃ©n and CS Cartagines of the Costa Rican Primera DivisiÃ³n, but first UNO takes on Juventud Escazucena Friday. All the games are exhibitions. The team will also take part in rafting and zip lining as well as visiting a National Museum and help out in a local community service project.
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