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Maryland men’s soccer will take a spring break trip to England

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland men’s soccer will play three games in England during spring break as part of its spring schedule this year, per a release from the team. The foreign tour will include friendly matches against the U-23 squads of Stoke City, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers.

“After our trip four years ago, the decision to go back to England this year was an easy one,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said in the release. “We are honored to get this opportunity from these three strong teams and embrace the challenge of playing their Under-23 sides. I am excited to see how we measure up.”

As part of the trip, the team will spend time at top-notch training facilities, cultural and historical sights and at professional soccer matches, including the FA Cup Quarterfinal tie between Manchester United and Brighton at Old Trafford on March 17.

“In addition to the fantastic competition we will get on the field, our players will get the chance to experience live English Premier League matches, see high level training sessions and most importantly, be immersed in the rich history and culture of England,” Cirovski said.

The team’s full spring schedule includes matchups with a pair of USL squads: the Bethlehem Steel and the Richmond Kickers. Canadian squad FC Porto Academy will take a trip to College Park to close out the pre-foreign tour slate of games. Upon returning to the States, Maryland will host Pittsburgh and Villanova before traveling to play College Cup semifinalist Akron.

In other news

Big Ten basketball honors were announced yesterday. Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando were all honored on the men’s side, while Kaila Charles, Ieshia Small, Kristen Confroy and Eleanna Christinaki were honored on the women’s.

The Big Ten Tournament will start on Thursday in New York City, and most of the participants are making quite a long trip to get there.

Maryland volleyball junior Angel Gaskin and freshmen Jada Gardner and Erika Pritchard are invited to represent the Terps at the United States Women’s National Team Open Tryouts in Colorado from March 2-4.

Maryland basketball offered four-star Paul VI combo guard Anthony Harris Monday night. He’s the No. 71 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.