Spartan Summer: Ed Brand

Ed Brand, who will be a fourth-year senior and third-year captain of the San Jose State men’s soccer team this fall, is spending his summer back home in London, England. Primarily a central defender, Brand has appeared in 51 games over his first three years in a Spartan uniform, starting all but one of them. He has produced five career goals, all from the penalty spot, and assisted on three other scores for 13 total points.

In his final season of college soccer, Brand will attempt to become just the third Spartan to earn All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation recognition in all four years. He has also been voted to the MPSF 15th-Year Anniversary Men’s Soccer Third Team.

A journalism major with a minor in political science, Brand hopes to graduate next summer. He was an Academic All-MPSF honoree and San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete last year.

“I have been playing with friends of mine who are good players, and (fellow Spartan senior-to-be) Sam Shore has just arrived in London (the native of Sydney, Australia, is visiting family there), so he and I will be working hard together as well,” explained Brand via e-mail about his summer soccer activities. “I am also still pursuing the option of training with some professional players that I know, but unfortunately, my coming back (to London) has coincided with their end-of-season break. I have still managed to play, however, which is all that counts.”

Anything outside of soccer?

“I decided not to work,” went on Brand. “I joined a gym and have been going twice a day. I decided when I came home, to have less money by not working, but train a lot harder, as I am determined to be in the best shape possible for our team’s season in the fall, which is my number-one priority.

“I have been able to do some fun things though while I have been home. Nicole Chapman (formerly) of the (Spartan) swim team is in London (working for Vogue), and we have spent lots of time together, going to Harrods (a world-famous department store) and nights out, etc. Also, Sam Shore and I went to an Eric Clapton concert in Hyde Park, which included Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz and John Mayer as well. That was great!

“I have also improved my cookery skills big time! With my mum, dad and sister getting home from work, I have been cooking all the dinners and I really enjoy it!”

In addition to all of that, Brand has found a worthwhile cause to participate in, as he will be running in a 10K race for charity, also at Hyde Park, on Sunday, July 20.

“The 10K run came about sort of in the spur of the moment. I was at my gym and heard about it on the radio that was playing and thought, why not? It’s an annual event here in London, and all proceeds go to the Help a London Child charity, which helps under-privileged and abused children living in London. Eleven thousand people are expected to run in the event, and celebrities run in the event as well, so it is good fun and something I am really looking forward to doing. I’m running it on my own and have been training for a month in preparation, so I am aiming for a good time.”

Finally, Brand looked ahead to the new season for San Jose State, with training camp just one month away on August 13, and gave confident and hopeful messages to Spartan fans.

“I am very determined, as are the other boys, to have a successful season. Our minimum aim is to reach the playoffs (NCAA Championship), which will obviously mean us winning the conference. I firmly believe we can achieve that. As captain, alongside Rich (Mann) and now Hiroki (Akiyama), I am really proud to be captain of these boys and I believe that we have a squad capable of making a big impact this year. I can’t wait to get started.

“From a more personal point of view, I am very, very determined this year to have my best year to date, as turning pro is a burning ambition of mine and one, with enough hard work and desire, I believe I can achieve!”

Past 2008 Spartan Summer Features
June 12 - Jason Martin, Baseball
June 13 - Alex Sofranac, Baseball
June 16 - Craig Hertler, Baseball
June 19 - Ricky Dorrego, Men's Soccer
June 23 - Max Peterson, Baseball
June 26 - Danny Stienstra, Baseball
June 30 - Karson Klauer, Baseball
July 8 - Kyle Bellows, Baseball
July 10 - Gavin Wenyon, Men's Soccer
July 13 - Ed Brand, Men's Soccer