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U Mary men's soccer an international affair

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Soccer is the most popular sport in the world.
That international popularity has made its way to the U Mary campus.
Jon Schaeffer has more with the Marauders team that has a unique blend of talent.

"We have a lot of players from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and we found that's a pretty good fit."

In 2011 the U Mary men's soccer team had 3 players from outside of the U.S. on the squad.
Coming into the 2013 season-- 10 of their 23 players come from the UK or Ireland.

(Jonny Sellars) "I think it's just a great opportunity we got here. We actually got offered to come out to America and play football and the opportunity is unreal for college ball. It's unbelievable compared to what it's like back home."

For Irishman Adam Potter--American soccer is very different than football overseas. But he says with U Mary now having so many Europeans-- it's brought a blended style to the pitch.

(Potter)"The one thing I noticed when I came over here is they're very athletic and big stronger than us Europeans were when we came over. But I think what we bring is we seem a bit more patient with it we play a kind of slower style of football rather than always constantly on the attack we keep the ball more and in fairness the lads because of the foreign players that are in now they've had to adapt to it."

Many of the Foreign players agree-- the weather has been harder to adapt to than the style of play.

(Potter) "My grandma made me watch the movie Fargo before I came out here to give me an idea of what the snow is like but to be in it, it is something different."

The community in Bismarck has made the move across the pond much easier on these athletes. That also make head coach Dave Cook's job a lot easier when bringing in talent from abroad.

(Sellars)"I think the people here like really nice. We've met such nice people it definitely makes the place so much better."

(COOK)"The more you draw from certain areas the more you have a reputation in certain areas of being a place that people wanna go, that tends to be something that you continue to draw players and I think that's what you're seeing within our roster now."

This season Cook will once again look to the European players to slow down the speed of the games as the Marauders want to improve on last season's 5-10 and 3 record.

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