I’m not sure how closely you follow this stuff, but WVU’s men’s soccer coach put together a schedule that’s as difficult as any I’ve witnessed here. That applies to all sports, not merely soccer. LeBlanc says it’s “arguably” the hardest he’s had, but he’s modest. And an Arsenal fan.
This thing is crazy. How crazy?
Well, I could recite the release and say the Mountaineers will be “taking on eight teams that have combined for 33 Final Four appearances, five teams that have combined for 11 national finalists and four teams that have combined for 11 national championships.”
But why limit it to that? Just know that it wasn’t enough to schedule the reigning national champion on the road. He scheduled the reigning national champion and runner-up. On the road. In a 48-hour window.
The following weekend, WVU will have a busy travel weekend playing at Georgetown on Sept. 6 before flying to Indiana for a match on Sept. 8. The two squads played in the 2012 National Championship with Indiana winning 1-0.
“We’ve always said that to be the best, you have to play and beat the best. Georgetown will be one of the best teams in the country next year with some of the highest scoring forwards in the country,” LeBlanc said. “Indiana is one of the greatest environments in college soccer with the history; eight national championships, countless Final Four’s and Big Ten Championships.”
Credit LeBlanc for this: He does not stand up with his hands out and beg for attention or revenue or resources. He instead does this. If you want to watch competitive college soccer — and, yes, I know that’s not for everyone — he has stood up with his hands out and presented you with this.