Carl Schneider can’t seem to shake free from his hometown. He was born and raised in Madison, played four years as a defenseman and midfielder for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team, and now he’s an inaugural member of Forward Madison Football Club, the professional soccer team that will take the field this spring.Before his days as a Badger, Schneider gained notoriety as a local soccer icon. As a senior at La Follette High School, Schneider was named the Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year on his way to leading La Follette to a 21-2-1 overall record and its first-ever Big Eight Conference title. A three-time La Follette MVP and four-year All-Big Eight Conference honoree, Schneider took his talents to UW in the Fall of 2011, where he redshirted his freshman year before becoming a starter by his redshirt sophomore season.Schneider was a strong presence on the field as a defender at UW, allowing him the opportunity to move to the professional level after graduation. He went on to play for a low-level professional Swedish team before returning to the U.S. in the fall of 2018 to pursue a career with Forward Madison, where he will once again be playing defensive back.Forward Madison FC Head Coach Daryl Shore offers insight, optimism on inaugural seasonDaryl Shore, the head coach of Forward Madison FC, the new professional soccer team that calls Madison its home, is Read…The La Follette High School graduate expressed excitement in playing against his former team in an upcoming exhibition match between the Badgers and Forward Madison.“It’s awesome,” Schneider said. “I think when I look back at my sophomore year as a redshirt, even the coaches would admit that they’d be surprised that I’m coming back as a professional player. This game is an opportunity to show that I’ve really grown as a player since I graduated.”The exhibition will take place April 16 at Breese Stevens Field and will be quite the spectacle for Madison’s soccer community. The game provides the first opportunity for fans of Forward Madison to see the team in action, as all of their earlier exhibition matches will be either closed to the public or away from Madison.“We are very excited for the opportunity to play Forward Madison,” UW Head Coach John Trask said. “This match will provide us the opportunity to expose our current student athletes to another level of soccer. We look forward to an entertaining and challenging game, and will be thrilled to see UW alumnus Carl Schneider potentially representing Forward Madison.”Forward Madison will also be hosting an exhibition against their Major League Soccer affiliate — Minnesota United — June 25 at Breese Stevens Field. The match marks the first time since the Chicago Fire visited Milwaukee in 2005 that an MLS team will play in the state of Wisconsin. As Forward Madison’s affiliate, Minnesota United will also be loaning players to them throughout the season.So far, Forward Madison has played in two exhibition matches, one against Indy Eleven and another against St. Louis FC. Both teams compete in the United Soccer League Championship division, one tier above Forward Madison, but the team scored a 1–0 victory against Indy and battled hard in a 1–0 defeat at the hands of St. Louis.“As a whole, I was really impressed with us. I felt that to not only win but to hold our own possession-wise and defending, that’s a good sign for us heading into the season,” Schneider said, discussing the win against Indy Eleven.Forward Madison FC: UW alumnus looks to be hometown favorite as new inducteeUniversity of Wisconsin soccer alumnus Carl Schneider is the newest signee of Forward Madison FC, Madison’s first ever professional soccer Read…Schneider also approved of how Head Coach Daryl Shore has approached the team thus far, saying he’s built them up instead of knocking them down.“So far, it has been more of a build-up to the season,” Schneider said. “Slowly learning all of the principles that coach wants us to play with: pressing, attacking shape and possession in general. It’s been a work in progress, but we are learning something new every day.”With the regular season set to begin on the road April 6 against Chattanooga, Forward Madison is in full-on preparation mode, getting ready for a grueling 28-game regular season. The season features a few additional exhibition matches, including those against UW, Minnesota United and another against the Green Bay Voyagers in early June. There is also the potential for more exhibition matches, depending on scheduling conflicts.After the regular season concludes in the first week of October, the top four teams in USL-League One will head to the postseason in a single elimination bracket. With only ten teams in the league, there is a high chance that Forward Madison can make the postseason. There will be a total of three postseason games, two semifinal matches and the final.In a previous interview, Shore said he believes his team has what it takes to win the league in its inaugural season.Shore said he expects to be “holding up a trophy, hopefully in front of a home crowd, as well as a parade down State Street.”Needless to say, as we approach the spring soccer season in Madison, it is evident that the team and fans alike are excited to begin a new era of professional sports in the city.Carl Schneider is no stranger to the Madison soccer community. But Forward Madison FC has provided him a unique opportunity that did not previously exist — playing professional soccer in the city he loves.
Bradley Voigt’s first goal of the season ended with a stomp. In the postgame press conference, Voigt cracked a grin. With No. 20 Syracuse in desperate need of a bounceback following last week’s loss to unranked Colgate, Voigt delivered a shot off the right side of the crease that found a hole to the right of Albany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski. Voigt turned and pumped his fist. For the first time this season — in a new role — SU’s “big and crafty guy” delivered. Last weekend offered Voigt a similar spot, one that sent line drives into the chest of Colgate’s goalkeeper. He waited, as always, and fired, as always. But Saturday was different, and the shots kept coming.Behind a career-high six goals from Voigt, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) dominated No. 15 Albany (0-1) 13-5. Coming off their first season-opening loss since 2013, and up against the same team that beat them 15-3 a season ago, the Orange were boosted by an unlikely top-option in Voigt, who has never scored more than two goals in a game in his entire four-year Syracuse career.“We were just moving good off ball,” Voigt said. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that were running right now.”Coming into the season, there was uncertainty as to who will see a majority of the minutes as the third member of SU’s attack line. As early as the Orange’s fall intra-squad scrimmage, Voigt ran with the first line. Come the week leading up to SU’s season-opener against Colgate, Syracuse attack Stephen Rehfuss said he’d “earned it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with the loss of Brendan Bomberry, the Orange were hard-pressed to find a piece that would fill the void. Voigt contributed sporadically in his three year career prior to the 2019 season, scoring 19 goals. Minus Bomberry, SU was in need to a player who could set in the right spots in front of the net and receive short passes on the interior for doorstep deliveries. Thrice Voigt got that shot against Colgate and it didn’t find the back of the net. But against Albany, the senior started about five feet further out. His first shot went through the right side, then he hit another from the same spot. In the second quarter, he hit one from the left side. Brendan Curry brought shifts each time he took the ball down the field and Nate Solomon worked as the Orange’s primary dodger around the crease, but the opportunities kept coming to Voigt.After the Orange were dominated on possessions a week ago, SU head coach John Desko ran a number of ground ball drills in practice to help fix the problem. After numerous one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills, the Orange responded by outpacing the Great Danes 44-24 on ground balls. Whenever the ball was knocked loose, SU was there to scoop it up and start up the offense again. “We kicked ourselves,” Desko said of the ground balls. “We’ve always been a pretty good ground ball team and Colgate just kind of woke us up.”The increased possession found Voigt in spots teammates said he excels in. Last season, Bomberry earned a lot of his points by hanging around the crease to the left or right flank of the goalposts. Multiple times, SU found him in that exact spot, and all he needed to do was finish.He found the goal, then again, then again, then again. Prior to his fifth goal of the contest, Voigt spied Solomon as he made a run around the crease and fired a shot around the corner of the goal. The ball deflected off the leg of Siekerski, and Voigt — continuing the trend the Orange set all game, just cleaned up.Though Desko has said the role is one Voigt was prepared to fill, after the game he conceded he couldn’t envision a game of this magnitude, and so quickly. But at the postgame press conference, Voigt said his performance wasn’t about what he could do on the field, it was about what he couldn’t. He’s not a dodger. He doesn’t make things happen behind the net. That’s not his game, and it doesn’t have to be. In the final quarter, when SU pulled Porter and the game was already decided, Rehfuss found Voigt streaking to the net. Open again. Voigt put in the shot and raised his stick in the air and finished his historic day with skip behind the goal as he gazed towards the Carrier Dome ceiling. Nothing was different about Saturday, he said. The opportunities just came, and he finished.“I guess I just felt better during the game today,” Voigt said. “The shots were just going.” Comments Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+