Dylan Remick ’13, background, and Thomas McNamara ’12.5, foreground, in action for Bruno
Just last year, Dylan Remick ’13 and Thomas McNamara ’12.5 were leading Brown men’s soccer to its seventh NCAA tournament in eight years. Now, they remain on the pitch, playing professionally in Major League Soccer (MLS)–Remick for the Seattle Sounders and McNamara for Chivas USA.
On Saturday, Remick grabbed some of his first meaningful MLS action, getting the start and playing the full game for Seattle in its season debut, a tight 1-0 overtime win over Sporting KC. The Sounders are one of the most popular clubs in the MLS, and Remick played in front of an electric crowd of 39,000. Last season, he led the Sounders’ developmental club in starts and minutes played, grabbing 105 minutes for the pro club as well. He appears set to remain with Seattle for the full year in 2014.
Sunday, McNamara followed up with a highlight performance of his own. He started the season opener for Chivas USA, an LA-based and formerly Mexican-owned club now in a transitional phase after being purchased by the league prior to the season. He scored his first professional goal in the 59th minute by drilling home a cross to give the squad a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Fire; they would eventually win 3-2 after McNamara left on a substitution in the 79th minute. It was a triumphant professional debut for McNamara, who exercised an extra season of college eligibility after graduating from Brown by playing at Clemson in South Carolina, where he excelled enough to be named Second Team All-American. Both Remick and McNamara project to continue as starters as the MLS season progresses, a rare professional athletic success for Brunonia, and one worth getting excited about. Go Bruno!
November might mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I think we can all agree that it mostly screams out, “Fall sports Ivy championship hunt crunch time!!!!” Am I right or what? While you kick back and pat yourself on the back for getting through those midterms mostly alive, athletic Brunonians are out fighting for those elusive Ivy League titles. Let’s see how they’re doing.
[Update: Football, men's soccer, and volleyball were all eliminated from championship contention over the weekend.]
Football: While Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman ’77 may have predicted big things, football’s Ivy chances took a big hit when it opened its conference schedule with decisive losses to Harvard and Princeton. Wins over Cornell and, this past weekend, Ivy-leading Penn have snuck Brown kind of back into the picture, but da Bears still need to win out against Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia, then hope Princeton, Penn, and Harvard choke real hard. Championship chances: 5%
Brace yourself, winter homecoming is coming! Tomorrow (Saturday, November 2) at 12:30 p.m. is Brown’s homecoming football game against Penn, and the festivities continue all weekend.
Whether you’re a die-hard Brown football fan or you’ve never been to a Brown sporting event before, this is the game to go to. The shuttles will start picking up students at multiple points across campus at 10:30 a.m. (it’s okay to wake up earlier for a tailgate than you usually do for class, right?). Support your team while keeping up the Halloweek momentum, but be sure not to burn out before SPG that night.
Homecoming weekend also features men’s hockey games tonight and tomorrow night, and both men’s and women’s soccer tomorrow (game times here). There will be t-shirt giveaways throughout the weekend, and what’s better than free stuff, sports and dayging? Get out your Brown apparel and beer hat (or beer belt) and support Bruno!
In case you hadn’t heard by now, a big, news-worthy rout happened recently–Brown football took down Yale, 20-0. Alright, I hear you all out there: “We play more football games after Homecoming? We play football games at all? We have Homecoming? We have sports? We go to ‘Brown’?” Yes on all accounts, and as it happens, we were lucky to schedule Yale, because they suck. (Actually, we weren’t really “lucky” to schedule them, since we play every Ivy League school by rule. But you get the point.)
It turns out that Yale’s tried-and-true offensive gameplan is “run backwards and get sacked or tackled for a loss three times in a row, then let our superhuman punter kick the ball 7 million yards.” Like seriously, holy shit, Yale’s punter is amazing! His gifts are probably in part due to the fact that he has to do his job every two seconds because Yale’s offense is depressingly horrendous, but damn. He’s got “All-Ivy” written all over him, and you know that nothing builds a resume quite like being named All-Ivy punter. He’s going places.
Anyway, our football team looked pretty good. Also they looked big, pretty damn big; i.e., I’m not about to say anything negative about them. But that’s not necessary anyway, since they actually played quite well, absolutely shutting down Yale’s crummy offense and moving the ball slowly but surely during two long touchdown drives (in addition to booting a pretty impressive 46-yard field goal). So huzzah for Da Bears–come check out their last home game (Senior Day) on Nov. 17 against Columbia. It’ll be a good time.
The Bears’ NCAA Tournament run unfortunately came to an end after a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Mary’s College last night.
Brown Men’s Soccer defeated St. John’s tonight 1-0 to move on to the third round of the NCAA tournament next week. Check out some pictures from Brown’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Fairfield after the jump. Continue Reading