Ram men's soccer team heads to Costa Rica
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Men's Soccer - Tue, Mar. 7, 2017

MOUNT VERNON - Cornell's men's soccer team has 20 players and three coaches departing March 8 for the program's first-ever international trip.

The team will fly to Costa Rica for a 10-day soccer tour of the Central American country where it will play three professional teams.

Cornell has matches scheduled against the reserve sides of three different professional Costa Rican teams: Alajuelense, Liberia and San Carlos. Each match will be played in the host teams' stadiums. The Rams will use this warm-weather trip as an opportunity to get in extra training and competition this offseason to build on the successes of last season, which saw many program firsts under head coach Nate Grosse.

The schedule for the trip will feature a number of team building and leisure activities off the soccer pitch, including whitewater rafting, hiking in the rain forest, swimming through a waterfall, a soak in natural hot springs, sampling local cuisine, dancing, and a city tour of San Jose exploring the local neighborhoods.

The team will visit two schools as part of a service project where they will donate almost $200 worth of school supplies and spend time mentoring the school children.