MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will take its first foreign tour, when it travels to Spain, from May 7-17.
The trip to Sevilla, Spain, will include three matches against professional clubs, sightseeing and educational opportunities in Sevilla and meetings with local coaches and athletes.
“We are very much looking forward to taking our Mountaineer men’s soccer team to Spain in May,” WVU coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “It’s a great opportunity for our team to experience another culture and to travel. It’s an opportunity for our guys to expand themselves as individuals, but just as importantly, after finals, they’re going to get an opportunity to really dive into a soccer culture that’s second-to-none on the planet.”
West Virginia will play three matches against La Liga teams, beginning with a contest against Málaga on May 10. WVU will play Real Betis on May 14 before concluding the trip against Sevilla on May 16.
The team and staff will also have the opportunity to meet with 2010 World Cup champion Carlos Marchena and Marcos Alvarez, the physical coach of Real Betis’ first team. They will also watch several teams train, including Real Betis’ first team.
Along with sightseeing opportunities in Sevilla, the Mountaineers will watch Real Betis play Atlético in a La Liga match on May 14. The team will also tour Sevilla Stadium and Real Betis Stadium and visit Málaga, in southeast Spain.
The trip to Spain will also be a homecoming for freshman defender Albert Andres-Llop
, who hails from Vila-Real, Spain.