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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: Spring 2013

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Training Time

With 11 straight seasons of at least 10 wins, it's obvious that something is going right with UTEP soccer.

While all of the focus for fans is in the fall, there's no denying the impact that the off-season training has.

Perhaps the biggest leap in terms of improvement comes in the spring exhibition season, with the Miners able to hone their skills against other high-level programs in the area. The games don't count and lineups often include outgoing seniors, but nonetheless they are a great opportunity to get better.

By the end of the spring schedule, UTEP will have played five exhibition training games. Road matches are against Arizona State (April 6), Arizona (April 7), West Texas A&M (April 13), Eastern New Mexico (April 14). The spring exhibition season comes to a close at home against New Mexico at 4 p.m. (April 20).

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Cross Talk Returns

After taking a break for the offseason, fans of UTEP soccer should be excited that Cross Talk is back! Cross Talk is the top-ranked show about UTEP soccer, with host and head coach Kevin Cross joined by special guests.

The first episode of 2013 has been posted with defender/midfielder Alexis Alaniz joining Coach Cross.

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Coming Soon... Summer Camps

Registration is underway for the popular Miner Soccer Academy summer camps which will be held in summer 2013. All camps are open to any and all entrants. While all of the camps will be a great time, UTEP soccer is thrilled to let fans know that the Soccer and Swim camp has returned after a two-year hiatus due to construction on the Student Fitness Center. Spots fill up quickly so be sure check out the schedule and sign up soon! You can also download the the official 2013 camp brochure.
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2013 Schedule Released

The longest part of the year for any UTEP soccer season is the offseason. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though, and that light got a little brighter this week with the announcement of the 2013 schedule.

A little more than four months from now, soccer will be back at University Field. From four matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams to a revamped look to Conference USA, there is plenty to be excited about. Get the full scoop with the official schedule release.

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Reinforcements On The Way

Coach Cross and his staff worked extremely hard on recruiting, and it resulted in the signing of 11 standout prep players to national letters of intent.

Ten were announced in February while Leonie Kijewski's recent official signing brought the class to completion at 11. Want to learn more about them? Check out the official signing day release, in addition to the 2013 signing day central page and of course the awesome article in the El Paso Times. More of a picture person? We've got you covered with the Signing day gallery on Facebook.

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UTEP Earns NSCAA Team Academic Honor

While success on the pitch is important, it pales in comparison the significance of succeeding in the classroom. Once again UTEP had an exemplary academic performance and received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for having a team GPA of 3.12.

UTEP Garners National Recognition As A School

UTEP was just ranked among the best universities in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine.

The ranking adds to UTEP's reputation for making a big difference in the lives of our students, the El Paso region and our nation.

Join Us On Social Media

UTEP has been so lucky to get such great fan support throughout the years.

To make the relationship even better, the Miners are now interacting more than ever with its fans through social media.

Be sure to join the more than 850 fans to LIKE us on Facebook if you haven't already.

Also come join the more than 600 fans to FOLLOW us on Twitter if you are not yet doing that.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

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This Is UTEP Soccer

For those who need a crash course on UTEP soccer, you've come to the right place. The Miners have been embraced by El Paso, and they have rewarded the faithful by turning into a league and regional power. Consider the following accomplishments under head coach Kevin Cross (* denotes prior to start of 2012 season):
  • 136 wins to rate 22nd in the country since 2002*
  • 10 straight winning seasons, all of which had at least 10 victories*
  • Tied for second in C-USA with 96 wins after becoming a member in 2005*
  • Played in three league championship games, including in 2011*
  • Record of 86-14-3 at home since 2002*
  • Outscored the opposition, 303-90, in those home contests*
  • One of 12 teams in the country with more than 500 goals in the past decade
  • Represented on the all-conference team 24 times*
  • 513 goals to rate eighth in the country since 2002*
  • Attracted a Conference-USA best 41,675 fans to its home games since 2005*
  • Led C-USA in attendance four times out of seven since joining it in 2005*
  • Earned 131 academic honors & 186 academic awards in its 16-year history*
  • Won at Texas to advance to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament
  • Been represented at both the FIFA Women's World Cup & Summer Olympics
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El Paso, Texas, The SAFEST Big City For A Third Straight Year

El Paso has been in the top three for safest big cities since 1997. For the third straight year the city, has been ranked as the safest big city in the United States.

Look at the list of rankings below or check out the complete report compiled by the CQ Press.

Top 10 Safest Big Cities In The Nation Top 10 Most Dangerous Big Cities In The Nation


1. Detroit, Mich.
2. San Diego, Calif. 2. Baltimore, Md.
3. New York, N.Y. 3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Austin, Texas. 4. Philadelphia, Pa.
5. San Jose, Calif. 5. Washington, D.C.
6. Los Angeles, Calif. 6. Indianapolis, Ind.
7. Portland, Ore. 7. Milwaukee, Wis.
8. Charlotte, N.C. 8. Columbus, Ohio
9. Seattle, Wash. 9. Oklahoma City, Okla.
10. San Antonio, Texas 10. Houston, Texas
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