Maisonneuve to assist U-20s

Surely you are getting ready for a summer of top-flight international soccer. Burnishing your knowledge of World Cup rosters and what not.

Turns out new Indiana assistant soccer coach Brian Maisonneuve, one of the most decorated international players to come from the Hoosiers’ program, will spend some of his time training future American World Cup hopefuls.

The press release, courtesy of IU soccer maven Melanie Schneider:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana assistant men’s soccer coach Brian Maisonneuve will serve as an assistant coach with the U.S. Under-20 National Team as it travels to Holland May 14-25, for a pair of friendlies and international tournament.

Maisonneuve will assist head coach Thomas Rongen and will serve alongside assistant coaches Dave Dir and Tim Mulqueen as the U-20s face Senegal and South Korea in friendlies before taking part in the 25th International Cor Groenewegen Tournament.

“It’s an honor to work with your National Team,” Maisonneuve said. “Anytime you are able to wear the jersey, whether playing or coaching, it is truly a special moment. To work with our countries best U-20 soccer players is wonderful experience.   These friendlies against Senegal and Korea, along with the Groenewegen Tournament, should really help with our preparation for World Cup qualifying early next year.”

Maisonneuve and the Hoosiers recently completed the spring season, wrapping up the slate with a 2-0 win over the U-20 Mexico National Team on April 27. Indiana opens the 2010 season on Sept. 3 against California in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Armstrong Stadium.

2 comments

  1. I do so enjoy reading this blog. I believe Chris, Dustin and Hugh are the best writers around!

  2. Hey, that’s good for Mais, and good for IU.

    My two favorite memories of Mais are 1) when he danced through the highly-regarded St. Louis defense for two goals in the first 20 minutes in a home game- he made them look silly. And 2) in an early-round game (Notre Dame?) in ’94, with time winding down and one-goal lead, he chest-blocked a shot and then took the ball to the other end of the field -and despite two defenders trying to pry the ball out, he just ran out the clock.
    I’m glad to see him and Yeags back at IU- they were pretty unlucky not win a championship together at IU as players, here’s hoping they get one as coaches.

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