NSC Minesota Stars Release Preseason Schedule
The Stars conducted their player combine last week and a few players were invited back to train with the team. Coach Manny Lagos told IMS last week that there were also other players that did not make the combine that are being invited to trial with the team.
A core of last year’s roster will be returning to the team. Those players are: Ely Allen, Kyle Altman, Simone Bracalello, Chris Clements, Devin Del Do, Kevin Friedland, Geison Moura, Lucas Rodriguez, Kentaro Takada and Daniel Wasson. Several of those players are playing on indoor teams and are not expected until the end of the MISL season.
Several other signing announcements are expected in the near future. But Lagos still has more than a dozen spots to fill.
The Stars will play two games the weekend after the first week of training, against two U-18 US Development Academy teams. Shattuck-St. Mary’s will test the Stars in Faribault, Minn., on March 19 and the U-18 team from the Minnesota Thunder Academy will play them on March 20 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Lagos said he’ll cycle through as many as 30 players in these games as he looks to evaluate everyone still in camp.
Minnesota will again train at the NSC the following week followed by a match against the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the National Sports Center. Colin Monasterio, a junior from Maple Grove, Minn. and Paul Yonga, a freshman from Brooklyn Park, Minn. are both members of the Badgers squad.
The team’s preseason will finish up with an April 2 friendly against the Chicago Fire in Chicago.
“I feel like this a good way for us to build,” Lagos said. “We have tremendous respect for what our top academy teams have accomplished, and we’re playing them at a time when we’ll have a lot of trialists and be working on our conditioning. Wisconsin is becoming a power again under the stewardship of John Trask, and a Major League Soccer team is a fantastic way to close our preseason schedule.”
Kickoff times for the Stars’ preseason matches will be announced at a future date.
The Stars season starts away in Atlanta, Georgia on April 9 when they take on the Silverbacks.
Stars season tickets are on sale for the 2011 North American Soccer League season. Season tickets start at $135 for adult general admission or $75 for youth age 17 or younger. Season tickets are also available in reserved and pitch-side seats. Single-game tickets will be available beginning March 15. To order tickets, call (763) 792-7355.