Aug. 21, 2012
Friday, Aug. 24 -- vs. No. 5 South Florida (Tampa, Fla.), 7 p.m.
TV: Fox Soccer Channel (Ch. 727 in Ann Arbor) | Live Stats
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (0-0) will open up the 2012 season with a trip to take on the No. 5 South Florida Bulls on Friday (Aug. 24, 7 p.m.), in a match that will be aired live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. Dean Linke will provide play-by-play, with Keith Tabatznik providing commentary. Charlie Slagle will be on the sidelines of Corbett Soccer Stadium for the broadcast, which will be shown locally in the Ann Arbor area on Channel 727 on your Comcast provider.
This is the first official game under new head coach Chaka Daley, whose squad faces USF for the second time in program history, with the first coming in a 2-0 win on Sept. 21, 2003, at the Marquette Invitational.
Wolverines Return Scoring Punch -- Michigan returns all but three of its 2011 goal scorers this season, along with eight starters, with the biggest loss being two-year starter and holding midfielder Adam Shaw. Additionally, 12 letterwinners return to team up with eight newcomers in the 2012 version of the U-M program.
Opare Named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Ten Squad -- Senior defender Kofi Opare has been named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Big Ten squad. Opare, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team last season, has started 50 matches in his three seasons, and scored a pair of goals last season off set-pieces.
Alashe's Streak -- Senior Latif Alashe is riding a consecutive start streak of 63 matches heading into the 2012 season, having never missed a match in his Maize and Blue career. After playing more of a wide midfield role the past several seasons, Alashe will also see time as a central midfielder.
Grinwis Named PDL Goalkeeper of the Year -- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Adam Grinwis has been named the Professional Development League Goalkeeper of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year, the league announced Aug. 6. He also earned a spot on the all-league and all-central conference teams for his summer club squad, the Michigan Bucks.
Grinwis led the squad to an 8-0-1 record when in goal and compiled five clean sheets. Additionally, he allowed a league-low four goals on the season and led the Bucks to a 3-1 mark in U.S. Open Cup matches. The returning Michigan starting goaltender also turned away 50 shots on the year.
New Coaching Staff Takes Shape -- Former Providence College head man Chaka Daley was named the second head coach in program history Dec. 23, 2011, after 12 seasons at his alma mater.
In the past seven seasons, he guided the Friars to a 72-47-21 mark, and led his alma mater to seven consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Friars hosted NCAA Tournament match-ups during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He owns a career record of 90-111-27 heading into his 13th season as a head coach.
Upon his appointment as head coach, Daley hired former Columbia assistant Tommy McMenemy, as well as former Columbus Crew Youth Coach Ian Gordona. Additionally, Daley tabbed Jhojan Obando, a former Providence College standout goalkeeper, as volunteer assistant coach.
Trio of Captains Named -- Latif Alashe, Kofi Opare and Brian Klemczak were named captains by head coach Chaka Daley. Klemczak will be serving as a captain for the second time after garnering the honor for the first time in 2011. Alashe and Opare will each wear the armband for the first time this season.
Scouting South Florida -- The Bulls enter the 2012 season coming off a 7-1-2 Big East record and NCAA Tournament berth, and saw its season end in the NCAA Elite Eight with a loss to Creighton. The offense will be paced by senior Stiven Salinas as well as Kyle Nicholls and midfielder Wesley Charpie.
Defensively, the Bulls will seek to replace goalkeeper and former Wolverine Chris Blais. In front of Blais' replacement will be midfielder/defender Ashani Fairclough, and USF will add several transfers into the fold to provide defense and a scoring punch as last season's top overall player, Dom Dwyer, is now a part of MLS' Sporting KC.