Billy Rappo was born into the sport of wrestling. His four older brothers all wrestled at Council Rock South High School and in college. Rappo started wrestling at only 4 years old.
Whenever Rappo could, he would go into gymnasiums to watch his brothers wrestle. Even when his siblings went off to wrestle for Division I schools, Rappo was always watching and learning.
He trained with his brothers from an early age, taking a piece from each of their wrestling styles to craft his own. Once the time came for Rappo to wrestle in high school, he knew he had big shoes to fill.
Inside the Maryland men’s soccer team’s locker room, signs of positive words cover the walls.
No matter where the Terps players look they’re reminded of the squad’s values. In one corner the Maryland players see “Perseverance,” while in another they see “Commitment” and “Concentration.” On the field, the positive messages don’t stop. Coach Sasho Cirovski writes “WW” on his wrist, which stands for “winning words.”
Soccer is so often referred to as the world’s most popular sport, but it took a while to catch on in the United States.
Despite this, the country is rapidly progressing in what most people around the world call “football.” From the professional level all the way down to instructional leagues for kindergarteners, the sport continues to grow. One place that is a perfect example of this is the University of Maryland.
Under head coach Sasho Cirovski, now in his 24th year at the helm, the Terrapins soccer program has blossomed into one of the most consistent and successful college soccer setups in the country. As Maryland improves, as do other university soccer teams, and it is a sign of how the United States is coming along in development. Continue reading “Foreign-born players making impact in college soccer”
As soccer in the United States continues to grow, emulating the European game has become a primary goal among top American teams.
As a result, there’s been a surge of investment in youth soccer development in recent years. Following the models of Europe’s biggest clubs, Major League Soccer teams have turned unprecedented attention toward their academies, offering promising youngsters highly-structured technical and tactical training with the goal of producing players for their first teams.
As a true freshman, the expectations were not set too high for Lorenzo Harrison. Entering the season, he was still behind incumbent backs Ty Johnson, Kenneth Goins Jr. and Wes Brown, but through seven weeks of the season it is the true freshman from Hyattsville who leads the team in carries (88), and rushing touchdowns (5) and is second in rushing yards (633).
“He’s been tremendous,” head coach DJ Durkin said. “I think numbers don’t even really tell the story about the type of effort he’s playing with, the competitiveness he’s playing with.”
With Maryland leading San Diego 2-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining in the second half, San Diego’s head coach Seamus McFadden made a late substitution. The sub was McFadden’s seventh change of the game, a move that would not have been allowed professionally.
In NCAA soccer, coaches are allowed 11 substitutions per game. The unique aspect to the NCAA sub rule is if a player is substituted in the first half, the coach must wait until the second half to put that player back onto the field, and each player is allowed only one reentry per game. Following FIFA rules, coaches are allowed only three substitutions per game and there’s no reentry.
“The liberal substitution rule is almost a necessary evil in college soccer because of the compressed schedule and the lack of rested recovery in between games,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “[Reducing number of subs] would actually increase the number of injury to an astronomical level.” Continue reading “Is NCAA’s Substitution Rule Affecting College Soccer?”