Connecticut Huskies men's soccer

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Connecticut Huskies
men's soccer
2016 Connecticut Huskies men's soccer team
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Founded 1939
University University of Connecticut
Conference The American
Location Mansfield, CT
Head coach Ray Reid (15th year)
Stadium Joseph J. Morrone Stadium
(Capacity: 5,100)
Nickname Huskies
Colors National Flag Blue and White[1]
         
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Champions
1948, 1981, 2000
NCAA Tournament Semifinal
1960, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1960, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
1983, 1984, 1989, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Conference Regular Season Champions
1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012

The Connecticut Huskies men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of the University of Connecticut. The team is a member of the American Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

History[edit]

Connecticut soccer existed prior to 1969, but was not considered a major sport and did not even have a real stadium. However, in 1969, Joe Morrone was hired as head coach, and made significant changes that would make the Huskies a premiere program. He started by building Connecticut Soccer Stadium, which now bears his name as Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Eventually, in Morrone's words, the team became "the Notre Dame of college soccer".[2] Morrone would ultimately coach the team until he retired in 1994.

In 1981, the Huskies won their first NCAA-sanctioned College Cup, defeating Alabama A&M 2-1 in overtime at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The Huskies also won a title in 1948, although that was before the NCAA. The Huskies, under coach Ray Reid, would win their second title in 2000, beating Creighton 2-0 in Charlotte.[3]

However, in the latter part of the 2000s decade, the Huskies struggled in the NCAA Tournament, losing their openers on penalty kicks in both 2009 [4] and 2010.[5] The Huskies would advance to the 2011 Quarterfinals, but PKs would once again prove to be their undoing, losing to Charlotte at home in a shootout.

The Present Day[edit]

UConn's student section is known as the Goal Patrol, and as of 2007, it is the largest in America with 540 members.[6] The Goal Patrol is known for being very rowdy, and has made Morrone Stadium one of the toughest places to play. In 2011, College Soccer News ranked the rivalry between UConn and St. John's as the sixth best college soccer rivalry in America.[7] Two Uconn players have been selected first overall by the MLS SuperDraft in consecutive years, Andre Blake in 2014 and MLS Rookie of the Year Award winner Cyle Larin in 2015. While other players such as Sergio Campbell (2015), Carlos Alvarez (2nd overall 2013), Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Tony Cascio in 2012 and Hermann Trophy winner O'Brian White in 2009 have been other recent MLS SuperDraft selections.

Head Coaches[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1928 Roy Guyer 1 2–1–0 .500
1929 Jack Seman 1 0–4–0 .000
1930–31 Billie Darrow 2 1–12–2 .133
1932–36 Jack Dennerley 5 11–27–0 .289
1937–41 John Squires 5 15–26–1 .360
1942 Carl Fischer 1 3–6–0 .333
1946–68 John Squires 23 133–114–14 .536
1969–96 Joe Morrone 28 358–178–53 .653
1997– Ray Reid 19 267–92–56 .711

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