Regardless of dropping two of its prime gamers to the NFL as prime 10 draft picks, Stanford will probably be favored towards Rice when U.S. school soccer returns Down Underneath for the second yr in a row on Aug. 27 in Sydney.
Operating again Christian McCaffrey signed with the Carolina Panthers and defensive finish Solomon Thomas went to the San Francisco 49ers. McCaffrey set a report with three,864 all-objective yards in 2015 after which rushed for 1,596 yards and scored sixteen touchdowns final season, when Thomas had eight sacks and 15 tackles and Stanford went 10-three.
The Sydney recreation might be performed at noon Sunday in Australia, bearing in mind tv markets on Saturday night in america, and is being closely promoted by the New South Wales state authorities.
Stanford is predicted to be among the many groups included when the 2017 preseason AP Prime 25 is launched subsequent Monday.
“I feel we will play higher,” Cardinal coach David Shaw stated earlier this month. “We’ve an opportunity to be a greater workforce than we have been a yr in the past, an entire staff, although dropping two of the higher gamers within the nation final yr.”
After the primary week of Stanford’s preseason camp, senior defensive deal with Harrison Phillips stated it had been unusual with out Thomas and McCaffrey round.
“We miss them extra from a friendship degree as a lot as we do on the sector,” stated Phillips.
Listed here are another issues to know concerning the Sydney recreation:
GETTING THERE: Rice will fly commercially from Houston to Los Angeles, then make the 15-hour flight to Sydney, arriving Tuesday morning, simply hours forward of the official media convention for the occasion. Stanford leaves San Francisco on Saturday night and arrives Monday morning. Each groups lose a day heading to Australia because of the Worldwide Date Line.
CHANGE OF VENUE: When Cal beat Hawaii fifty one-31 final August to open the 2016 season, sixty two,000 followers have been on the eighty,000-capability Olympic stadium in Homebush in western Sydney. This yr organizers have moved the sport to forty five,000-seat Allianz Stadium, extra generally often known as Sydney Soccer Stadium, and solely minutes from downtown. Coaching fields at Moore Park, which surrounds the stadium and consists of equestrian trails and a golf course, will probably be utilized by the groups for apply periods forward of the sport. Organizers for the School Soccer Sydney Cup on Wednesday stated tickets gross sales have been “monitoring very properly” and that they anticipated gross sales to extend as soon as the groups arrive.
THROW A SHRIMP: Former Australian Olympian and WNBA participant and Rice coach Jae Cross offered some humorous moments for the gamers when she gave a speech about what to anticipate Down Beneath. “We’ve the highest 10 deadliest animals … truly it is solely the highest eight,” Cross stated, laughing. She warned the gamers particularly concerning the lethal Sydney funnel net spider, eliciting groans from many on the group. And she or he stated to not anticipate anybody to say “throw a shrimp on the barbie.” The Houston-based mostly Cross stated: “I do not know the place that got here from, Aussies say prawns.”
PLAYING TOURISTS: Stanford has a visit deliberate to the Taronga Zoo on the shores of Sydney Harbour, the place most of the gamers who need to see a kangaroo, koala or echidna — or perhaps a funnel-net — will get their want. Each groups have harbor dinner cruises deliberate, and Stanford could have its group photograph taken in entrance of the Opera Home.
AP Sports activities Author Josh Dubow contributed from San Francisco.