Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The St. Scholastica men's soccer team left town on Thursday afternoon bound for Manchester, England, the first stop of a 10-day trip that couples as the team's preseason.
The Saints will train throughout the trip at several English academies including Manchester City, Glasgow South, and Glasgow Rangers, and the team will also play four exhibition games against English teams.
The team will also take in three games of the English Premier League (EPL), widely considered home to some of the best teams in the world.
"It'll be an experience of a lifetime for some of these players," St. Scholastica assistant coach Dave Robinson said. "The fact that we're watching the English Premier League, it's an eye opener. They'll understand where they're at and where they have to aim for."
Duluth, Minn. native Rob Johnson is a senior captain of the Saints this season, and this trip will be his first time overseas.
"I think the fact that we're doing everything as a team will make it a new experience, even for the guys who are from over there," Johnson said. "I'm really looking forward to it."
The Saints will be back stateside on Aug. 25, with the team's first game this season set for Aug. 30 in Duluth, Minn.