Men's soccer heads to Germany
Four matches scheduled during 12-day tour
May 7, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team is set to embark upon a 12-day tour of Germany May 9-20 that will include four exhibition matches between the Hokies and various club teams. The group will also attend several matches and training sessions of German professional teams, in addition to the sightseeing of numerous cities and landmarks.

A group of 16 players, three coaches and one trainer will be making the trip to head coach Oliver Weiss' native country, where he was born in Hannover and raised in Burgdorf. Both cities will be among the first stops on the Hokies' itinerary, as they are scheduled to arrive in Hannover on Wednesday at 1 p.m. local time (six-hour time differential from Blacksburg), and slated to kick-off their first match against TSV Burgdorf on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

After the match in Burgdorf, the squad will spend two more days in Hannover, and will take in a Bundesliga (Germany's professional league) match between Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt. The Hokies will then depart for Braunschweig to watch a Bundesliga second division contest between Eintracht Braunschweig and FC Augsburg on their way to Sittard, Netherlands. Tech will play its second match against GSC Genk in nearby Genk, Belgium on May 14.

Tech will travel to Kaiserslautern on May 15 for a match with the 1.FC Kaiserslautern Amateurs before concluding the trip's final five days in Munich. The Hokies' final match will be against FT Starnberg on May 16, and they will attend one more Bundesliga match (Bayern Munich vs. Mainz) on May 19 before returning to Blacksburg on May 20.

Updates from the trip will be available at Check back every couple of days for match results, photos taken by the players, and blog entries written by rising junior Alexander Baden (Visselh-vede, Germany) and rising sophomore Jimmy Carroll (Reston, Va.), who will make the trip but will not play due to injury.

Head Coach Oliver Weiss
Assistant Coach Mike Brizendine
Assistant Coach Scott Black
Trainer Keith Doolan
#1 Brendan Dunn
#2 Alexander Baden
#4 Kevin McFadden
#6 Bryan Collier
#8 Scott Spangler
#9 Marcus Reed
#10 Charlie Campbell
#11 Jimmy Carroll
#12 Patrick Nyarko
#14 Ben Nason
#17 Jonathan Collier
#18 Craig Brutus
#20 James Gilson
#22 Scott Dillie
#23 Taylor Walsh
#26 Stefan Caulfield