Saturday, August 10, 2013
Day 9: MVV Training, Maastricht, and Roda JC Match
::by Stephen Berenyi and Charles Bujambi
Husson men's soccer woke up this morning for the hotel breakfast at 8:30. We would start our day out by traveling to watch MVV train. It was a great experience and we got to ask high level coaches a variety of questions followed by a picture with the players. The assistant coach of the club was the assistant coach of Netherlands back in the last World Cup in South Africa. This team was able to make it to the finals in South Africa.
The majority of our day was spent in Maastricht after the training session. We ate lunch there and were giving a few hours to explore the shops. It was the teams final opportunity to shop and the last opportunity to visit a European town. We were transferred back to the hotel to eat a team dinner before heading out for our final event of the evening.
The professional match we attended was Roda JC against SC Cambuur. We had the experience of watching Roda play a match against Ajax FC as well as watch them train earlier in the week. The atmosphere of the match was most memorable. The huge displays screens located at the corners on stadium wrote Husson University as they welcomed us and showed our attendance at the match. The match was filled with roaring chants and clapping especially since the home team was winning the match. The beginning of the match began with fireworks and the Netherlands' anthem. Roda came away with the win 2-0 at the end of the night. Our team then departed for the hotel back to Sittard where we will start some of our packing for the return flight early Sunday morning as well as rest for the remaining few days.