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NITTANY LIONS SIGN 8 NEWCOMERS

Penn State Soccer Coach Barry Gorman, entering his 17th season as the Nittany Lions' mentor, announced today, the signing of another impressive recruiting class. Recently, PSU Soccer has made it a habit of attracting the nation's top recruits. The class of 2008 is loaded with 3 All-Americas, 2 of whom were recognized with their respective State's Player of the Year Award. With 11 starters and 20 letter winners returning from the 2003 team, the class of 2008 will only strengthen an already formidable squad for the 2004 campaign.  The incoming class includes Richard Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, PA/FC Delco), Conrad Taylor (Colorado Springs, CO/Colorado Rush), Stephen Reihner (Washington, PA/Beadling), Dan Shaffer (Lancaster, PA/FC Delco), Geordie MacNeill (Canada/Markham), Yan Carvalho (Brazil), Ryan Badarraco (Wexford, PA/Beadling) and Michael Choate (Germany).

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COACH GORMAN'S BRAZIL REPORT

Most recently, head soccer coach Barry Gorman traveled to Brazil (Feb. 3-12) to view facilities and finalize arrangements for Penn State's pre-season tour. This will be the fourth international soccer trip orchestrated by the Penn State mentor in his 16 years in charge of the program. Previously, Gorman has taken his charges to Ireland/England, Germany/Austria and Holland/Belgium.

Gorman spent four days watching Atletico's teams train and interacted with their coaching staff in numerous question and answer sessions. The training facility is superb but don't take coach's word for it. Best viewed at Atletico's interactive page, the web site shows how this progressive club's vision is materializing. During his time at the training center, Gorman was also able to watch the Japanese team Albirex Niigata training in preparation for their upcoming "J-League" season. From Curitiba, Gorman flew to Rio de Janeiro where he visited the world famous Maracana Stadium and the home venues of Vasco de Gama, Flamengo and Fluminese.

The Penn State University soccer team's pre-season tour to Brazil will take place from August 18-30, 2004. Special thanks to Miguel DeLima.