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FGCU alumna Tabby Tindell on trial with NWSL side Orlando Pride

Kicking off the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season with its preseason camp, the Orlando Pride welcomed 29 players to the club’s camp, including FGCU alumna Tabby Tindell as a trailist. “We’re very happy with the roster we’ve built during our first full offseason players,” Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said to orlandocitysc.com. “I’m excited to get to work and see how this group performs in the coming year.” As a three-time ASUN Player of the Year, Tindell has the ASUN record for career goals with 66 and points with 162. Spending all four seasons of her collegiate...

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MLS team Chicago Fire holds preseason training camp at FGCU

From flurries and 40s to sun and 70s, FGCU will welcome another MLS team for the second consecutive season. The MLS team, Chicago Fire, has ventured its way down to Southwest Florida as part of its 2017 spring preseason training. With better weather conditions and the ability to play on grass versus turf, the Fire has an ample amount of training opportunities at the FGCU Soccer Complex. “It’s way better than training inside in Chicago on turf,” midfielder Drew Conner said. “It’s definitely a professional level pitch here. I played college soccer for four years, and I’ve been to...

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FGCU men’s soccer suffers loss against MLS team Chicago Fire

With the MLS team, Chicago Fire, visiting FGCU for their preseason training, the men’s soccer team had the opportunity to face the professional side, nearly producing an incredible win. Coming off its best season in program history, the Eagles fell 1-0 to the Chicago Fire Saturday, Feb. 4. The match also marked the first time new head coach Jesse Cormier led the Eagles. After being announced as the new head coach less than two weeks ago, Cormier became just the second men’s soccer head coach in FGCU history. Regardless of the recent change and quick turn-around time, the Eagles...

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Jesse Cormier named FGCU men’s soccer head coach

Following the departure of program founder Bob Butehorn, FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced that Jesse Cormier will be the new head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer team. Succeeding Butehorn, who resigned to take the head-coaching job at USF, Cormier joins the Eagles after spending 13 seasons as the head coach at the University of Vermont. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity to take over and lead a program which has achieved great success,” Cormier said to FGCU Athletics. “Bob (Butehorn)...

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FGCU men’s soccer to face MLS side Chicago Fire in a friendly

Welcoming an MLS side to the FGCU Soccer Complex for the second consecutive season, the FGCU men’s soccer team will take on the Chicago Fire in a friendly on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Announcing that the FGCU Soccer Complex would host the Fire’s preseason camp from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10 in December, the Eagles will take on their second MLS team in the past two seasons, after playing to a 1-0 loss against David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo’s New York City FC side. Kicking off their 20th season as an MLS club in Fort...

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Albert Ruiz to return for senior season

Two days before the Mac Hermann trophy ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, FGCU forward Albert Ruiz announced on Twitter that he will be returning to FGCU for his senior season. “I can officially say that I’ll be playing College soccer for one more season,” Ruiz said on Twitter. “One more year to become a better player. Grind Season is here!” Although Wake Forrest Midfielder Ian Harkes took home the MAC Hermann trophy besting Maryland’s Gordon Wild and Ruiz, the Barcelona, Spain, native lead the Eagles to their best season in program history. Leading the nation in goals with 22...

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Orlando City honors Pulse victims in new stadium

Orlando City Soccer Club president Phil Rawlins held a private ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 4 where he unveiled 49 rainbow-colored seats honoring the 49 Pulse Nightclub shooting victims. The seats, which honor the people killed in the Orlando gay nightclub on June 12, are in section 12. The new stadium is set to open in March at the start of the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Each seat features a #OrlandoUnited stamp, memorializing one of the tragedy’s victims. This memorial will be a permanent feature in the new stadium that can seat up 25,500 people. “Just over six months ago...

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Tabby Tindell named to ASUN Fall 2016 Winners for Life

Highlighting success on and off the field, the Atlantic Sun Conference named Tabby Tindell to its Fall 2016 Winners for Life team for demonstrating the conference’s core values: education, honesty, student-athlete experience, fairness, health, ambition, respect, diversity, inclusion, leadership, responsibility and sportsmanship. Entering her senior season with a 3.29 GPA, the health science major earned Dean’s List three times, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll five times and ASUN All-Academic Honors twice. On the field, Tindell won the ASUN Player of the Year for the third consecutive season in 2016, setting conference records in career goals with 66 and points with...

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FGCU men’s soccer head coach resigns to become head coach at USF

FGCU men’s soccer program-founding head coach Bob Butehorn has resigned from his position after 10 seasons to become the head coach at USF. Assistant coaches Joe Dincecco and Henry Apaloo will be following Butehorn to USF. Eduardo Villarreal, who just finished his second season with the Eagles as an assistant coach, has been promoted as the team’s interim head coach. Since the Eagles first season in 2007, Butehorn has coached six professional players and 63 ASUN All-Conference selections. He has guided the Eagles to four ASUN Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016) all during...

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Beyond the Nest: Ep. 1 – Albert Ruiz

Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Albert Ruiz walks across the pitch without a care in the world. Taking the same field as he has done time and time again from his youth, to his career with the FGCU men’s soccer team, Ruiz seems calm after experiencing feelings of euphoria and disappointment on the pitch through the 2016 season. Ruiz, a Barcelona, Spain native, led a historic season for the FGCU men’s soccer team, propelling the team to the second round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history and its highest national ranking–No. 11—while...

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