San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer program has completed the first two of a trio of three-a-days to begin its 2008 preseason training camp.
More than 45 players, over 15 of them tryout hopefuls, reported for physicals and meetings on Tuesday, August 12, with a team barbeque inside Spartan Stadium that evening.
Nineteenth-year head coach Gary St. Clair and his staff of Ron Smare, Chris Behler and Dan Benton, began the evaluation process on the morning of Wednesday, August 13, and unveiled a final roster of 31 players after the first of three practices on Thursday, August 14, with four full training sessions already in the books.
The 2008 Spartans received their gear and headed for the Spartan Stadium turf to take their team photo ahead of two more practices that afternoon and evening.
One final three-a-day will take place on Friday, August 15, with sessions open to the public at Spartan Field on South Campus at 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
San Jose State is now just eight days away from its first game action of 2008, as St. Clair and his squad will host UC Santa Cruz in an exhibition match inside Spartan Stadium on Friday evening, August 22, at 5:00 p.m. That contest will be followed by the San Jose State women opening their 2008 account against South Bay rival Santa Clara at approximately 7:30 p.m.
“Early days like this are always a couple of steps forward and one step backward,” remarked St. Clair after Thursday’s last session. “I think that’s what we are seeing. We are in desperate need of fitness. There’s great competitiveness and spirit on the team, but the guys need to get fit and I expect that will start happening some time next week.
“We’ve got a ton to work on, and we started that today. We have a very busy schedule, and we are going to train right through the game on the 22nd. Our focus is really on the 29th (season opener with Notre Dame de Namur), to get our guys ready to go.”
“Camp has been going well so far,” added fifth-year senior and two-time captain Richard Mann. “We’ve been running a lot. I think it’s important that we are fit for our first game, which is in eight days. Eight days is not a lot of time to prepare for a game. Our coach has us running, and we have started working on tactics. The guys are working real hard. I’m really excited for these games coming up. There has been nothing but positives coming out (of the first days of camp).”