“Unnamed Philadelphia Union Podcast”: Episode 2: Interview With Pete Caringi, UMBC Soccer Head Coach
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Scott Kessler, of BrotherlyGame.com and philly.sbnation.com, hosts the second episode of the “Unnamed Philadelphia Union Podcast” on the Philadelphia Union and soccer.
For episode two I was able to chat with UMBC soccer head coach Pete Caringi. UMBC should sound familiar to Union fans because third round SuperDraft pick Levi Houapeu attended and played at the school for four years.
Caringi and I spent time discussing Houapeu, UMBC and soccer in the Baltimore area. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do this episode with Caringi, who is a soccer legend in the Baltimore/Maryland area. Could not have asked for a better interviewee or a more helpful person. A big thank you to Pete.
More after the jump.
Despite the success of the UMBC program over the years, especially last year when Houapeu had his second straight 15-goal season, UMBC is not recognized by casual observers of NCAA soccer. Caringi discussed that fact and how UMBC faced the 25th hardest schedule, based on RPI, in 2010.
As much as I wish I could say I'm knowledgeable on Houapeu after devoting plenty of time on researching him over the past month, I can't. I'm sure, like myself, most of you want to know more about the talent midfielder/forward out of the Ivory coast. Things like his strengths, his ability to transition to the MLS and his citizenship, along with a lot more, were talked about in this episode of the podcast.