IU soccer spring schedule includes Mexico City trip

The Indiana men’s soccer teamm announced its spring schedule on Thursday, a slate that will be highlighted by a trip to Mexico City.

The trip, which is organized by IU’s Mexico Gateway office, will see the Hoosiers face the UNAM University team on March 14 at the legendary Estadio Olimpico Universitario, site of the 1968 Summer Olympics as well as 1986 World Cup.

“The opportunity to travel to Mexico City and represent Indiana University is a great honor,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said. “The soccer component will be a wonderful opportunity to test our team. The time off the field will be an experience that our players will cherish for many years to come. We are thankful to President McRobbie in providing our soccer program an opportunity to partner with IU and our Mexico Gateway program in Mexico City.”

Indiana will also face the Cruz Azul U-20 team earlier in the week in a match closed to the public. Along with the matches, the Hoosiers will also get experience the culture of Mexico during the trip.

Prior to the team’s departure for Mexico City, the Hoosiers will face Valparaiso and the University of Indianapolis on Feb. 23 in a pair of 9-v-9 matches in Mellencamp Pavilion, which will be closed to the public.

The Hoosiers will also face DePaul on March 2 at Grand Park in Westfield at 6 p.m.

“Our upcoming spring schedule will provide us a good platform to develop, evaluate and experiment as we build for the fall season,” Yeagley said. “The opportunity to gain valuable game experience for our young players as well as continuing to push our returners with specific areas of improvement will be valuable over the next three months.”

After returning from Mexico City, the Hoosiers will host Lipscomb at Armstrong Stadium on April 7 in a match that will be free to the public.

The spring campaign wraps up with the Hoosiers taking on Notre Dame at Grand Park on April 12 at 8 p.m., then visiting Louisville at Lynn Stadium on April 19 at 7:30 p.m.