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As I'm sure most of you might have seen, last Thursday the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicked off as the host nation took on Croatia and defeated the Vatreni, 3-1. With 11 games played over the weekend, much of the hype all weekend in the United States was the start of the Red, White and Blue's World Cup campaign Monday versus Ghana at 4 p.m. Central. For those not familiar with U.S. Soccer, the contest is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 where Ghana defeated the "Yanks", 2-1 in extra time.

What does the World Cup and U.S. Soccer have to do with #NIUSocialSummer? It's really simple actually. NIU Athletics has two connections to the U.S. Soccer Federation, one current and one former.

Currently, NIU men's soccer Associate Head Coach Garrett Biller is a scout in the United States Soccer Federation's Development Academy where he performs player identification and training evaluations for U.S. Youth National Teams. 

In the former, NIU Hall of Famer Willy Roy, who served as the Head Coach of the men's soccer program for 16 years between 1987 and 2002, played for the U.S. National Team between 1965 and 1973. In his time at NIU, Roy posted a 142-131-22 record and is the all-time leader in victories. Roy earned 20 caps (games played) for the United State's, scoring 10 goals for the Red, White and Blue, the most by a U.S. Soccer player between 1973 and 2002. In honor of the United States Soccer Federation's 100th anniversary, the 11 best players in federation history were selected. Though Roy was not named to the all-time XI, he did receive a vote for the squad. Roy is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

For more on Roy, take a peak at these articles below, including a photo gallery.

THE WORLD CUP & INTERNATIONAL HUSKIES

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Social Summer World Cup Flags (small).jpgWith the World Cup getting underway on Thursday in Brazil, it seemed like a good time for #NIUSocialSummer to take a look at Huskie Athletics' international connections to this year's World Cup competitors.  

Using the 2013-14 NIU rosters, EIGHT of the 31 World Cup countries outside of the U.S. are represented by 15 student-athletes from nine different Huskie programs.

The World Cup countries represented by Huskies (number of student-athletes in parens): France (4), England (3), Spain (2), Mexico (2), Croatia (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Germany (1), Columbia (1).

The Huskie programs with the most World Cup-affiliated students: Women's Tennis (4), Men's Tennis (3), Men's Golf (2), Men's Soccer (2), Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (1), Women's Golf (1), Women's Soccer (1), Men's Basketball (1).

And the complete list:
MBB -   Marin Maric (Croatia)   
MGolf - Raphael Denais & Pierrick Fillon (France)   
MSoccer - Richard Hall & Albert Levett (England)       
MTennis - Simon Formont (France), Carlos Manzanas (Spain), Jovan Zeljkovic  (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
WXC/TR - Juliane Totzke (Germany)
WGolf - Lena Gautier (France)
WSoccer - Amy Carr (England)
WTennis - Cristina Alvarez (Spain), Arantza de la Torre & Ilse Pacheco (Mexico), Maria Rozo (Colombia)

Of course, this is only a partial list of NIU's international connections as student-athletes from Israel, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Zimbabwe and Jamaica will not be seeing their country's team compete in Brazil.



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Tennis: The Huskies finished the regular season against Buffalo, winning the affair 5-2. The team clinched the regular season championship with the victory, giving the Huskies the first seed in the MAC Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held at Ball State on April 25 and 26. 

Women's Tennis:  The Huskies closed the season with two losses against MAC foes. On Friday, they fell to Toledo, 5-2. On Saturday, they dropped to Eastern Michigan, 6-1. NIU finishes the season with a 7-12 record (1-7 MAC).

Track & Field: NIU took second at the Blue Demon Invitational out of five teams. Claudette Day set a new NIU record in the high jump, going up to 1.78 meters. Next up for the team is one of largest track & field competitions in collegiate athletics, the Penn Relays.

Baseball: The Huskies dropped four of their five games on the week to bring their current record to 10-28-1. On Wednesday, the team fell in both games of a doubleheader at Bradley, 3-0 and 7-5. On Friday, the Huskies dropped 3-2 against Central Michigan. On Saturday, the team followed with a 5-3 loss against the Chippewas. The Huskies took the series finale on Sunday, 3-1.

Softball: The Huskies went 2-2 on the week to bring their record to 19-22 this season. The week began with the team splitting a doubleheader against Central Michigan with a 4-1 win and 5-0 loss on Friday. On Saturday, NIU beat Eastern Michigan, 8-6. On Sunday, the Huskies fell to the Eagles, 4-3

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Baseball: NIU went 2-2 on the week overall, bringing its record to 6-21-1 this spring. On Wednesday, the Huskies beat Valparaiso on the road, 10-6. On Saturday, they dropped both games in a doubleheader against Toledo, 10-4 and 6-4. On Sunday, NIU rebounded with a 7-0 victory over Toledo

Softball: The Huskies won all four of their games on the week, improving to 15-16 on the season. On Wednesday, they took both games of a doubleheader against North Dakota, 8-5 and 10-2. On Saturday, NIU bested Western Michigan, 10-1. On Sunday, the team beat the Broncos again, 6-1

Men's Tennis: NIU bested Ball State on Saturday, 6-1. The win improved the team's record to 15-5 with a 2-0 MAC figure. The Huskies have just three matches left on the schedule before the MAC Championships. 

Women's Tennis: NIU lost both of its matches over the weekend, falling to 6-10 with a 1-5 MAC record. On Friday, the Huskies dropped at Bowling Green, 6-1. On Saturday, they fell at Western Michigan, 5-2. NIU has three more matches before the MAC Championships begin.  

Track & Field: NIU competed at the EIU Big Blue Classic. Ali Olson and Meghan Heuer turned in strong performances at the event. Next up for the Huskies is the UTEP Invitational. 

Gymnastics: Kim Gotlund and Amanda Stepp competed at the NCAA Regionals. Gotlund had an all-around score of 38.100 in the event and Stepp placed eighth in the floor exercise with a 9.775 score.  

Women's Golf: The Huskies finished third at the Bradley Invitational with a team score of 622. They were just five strokes out of first place to finish the event. Lena Gautier placed ninth individually with a final score of 155. 

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Baseball: NIU played a three game series at Bowling Green over the weekend, winning one of the games. The win was a 9-0 final on Friday. On Saturday, the team played a doubleheader, losing both games, 4-1 and 7-3. The Huskies currently hold a 4-19-1 record in 2014. 

Softball: The Huskies played five games over the week, going 1-4 in the contests. The first was a 13-2 loss at the hands of Northwestern on Wednesday. On Friday, the Huskies lost against Bowling Green, 6-4. On Saturday, they struck back against the same team to win against the same team, 10-3. On Sunday, NIU dropped both games in a doubleheader against Toledo, 10-9 and 9-0

Track & Field: The Huskies competed at the Raleigh RelaysBobcat Invitational, and Texas Relays over the week, finding some level of success at each. They'll next compete at the EIU Big Blue Invitational on Saturday, April 5.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies took down Western Michigan on Friday, 5-2. It was the first conference victory of the season for NIU. The team's record currently stands at 14-5 with a 1-0 record in the MAC.

Women's Tennis: The Huskies split two MAC matches over the weekend. On Friday, they beat Akron 4-3. On Saturday, NIU fell to Buffalo, 6-1. NIU is now 1-3 in conference play this season.  

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Wrestling: NIU sent two players to the NCAA Championships recently, Rob Jillard and Nick Smith. Both lost in the second round of their weight classes. The two combined to give NIU 53rd place at the event. 

Women's Tennis: The Huskies dropped both of their matches, getting their first taste of 2014 MAC play. On Friday, they fell 6-1 at Ball State. On Saturday, it was another 6-1 loss, this time at Miami (Ohio). The Huskies are currently 5-7 this season. 

Men's Tennis: NIU took its only match of the weekend against Saint Louis, 7-0. It was a dominating performance throughout. The Huskies will begin conference play on Friday, March 28 at Western Michigan. They head into conference play with a 13-5 record. 

Baseball: Northern Illinois went 2-2 on the week. On Tuesday, the team had a nice comeback victory against UIC, 8-7. Against Buffalo, the Huskies won the series opener on Friday, 15-9. On Saturday, they lost 3-2. Following that loss was another on Sunday, 3-1.  

Softball: The Huskies split two games at Iowa State, seeing their record move to 10-12. Both games were played on Sunday. NIU took the first, 15-6. The team lost the second, 6-5. Neither game went the standard seven innings, as the first ended after five and the second was forced to an eighth inning. 

Track & Field: The Huskies finished first at the Cougar Classic. Jasmine Wilson qualified for the javelin at the MAC Championships with her performance in the event. 

Gymnastics: The Huskies combined to finish fourth at the MAC Championships. Kim Gotlund had a great individual meet, finishing third in the all-around. Her performance is likely to land her a spot in at the NCAA Regionals, set to begin on Saturday, April 5. 

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Baseball: The Huskies had a rough go of things at the Fuddruckers Lobo Invite. On Friday, February 21, they nearly beat Missouri State after being down 8-0, but NIU came up just short and lost 9-8. Later that day, against New Mexico, the team fell in a 12-0 defeat. On Saturday, February 22, the Huskies lost once more to Missouri State, 11-0 being the final this time. On Sunday, February 23, NIU and New Mexico tied 3-3 after 10 innings of play. 

Softball: The Huskies went 3-1 last weekend at the Disney Diamond 9 Citrus Classic to improve their record to 5-4 this year. On Friday, they took down Fairfield, 7-3, and IPFW, 4-0. The lone loss of the event came against Albany on Saturday, 3-1. On Sunday, NIU bounced back to defeat Delaware, 2-1 

Women's Basketball: On Wednesday, February 19, the Huskies fell at Akron, 89-75. They followed up that performance with an 85-77 loss at home against Central Michigan Saturday. On the following Thursday however, NIU snapped its six-game losing streak with a 68-59 overtime victory against Toledo. NIU is 9-16 on the season. 

Wrestling: NIU ended the regular season on a high note at Buffalo. Against the Bulls, the Huskies were able to come back from being down 11-0 in the match to win 20-14. The Huskies ended the regular season with a 7-11 record and a 2-6 conference record. They will next play at the MAC Championships on Saturday, March 8. 

Gymnastics: On Friday, NIU placed third in the State of Illinois Classic in Normal, Ill. with a team score of 193.625. The following Sunday, the Huskies fell at Bowling Green, 194.825-193.075. Next up for the team is Senior Day. On Sunday, March 2, the Huskies will host Central Michigan for a meet at 2:00 p.m.

Women's Golf: NIU golfers performed well as they took sixth in the Islander Classic on on Tuesday, February 25. The team shot a 299 on the final day of the tournament, the third lowest team total in the history of the program.

Track & Field: As a final tuneup for the MAC Indoor Championships, the Huskies competed at the Ball State Quadrangular. They took third in the event. The indoor championships will run on both February 28 and March 1. 

Men's Basketball: Thursday, February 20 against Eastern Michigan, the Huskies took an intense double overtime game over Eastern Michigan, 61-59. The following Sunday, the team took a tight 70-67 defeat at Central Michigan. The Huskies bounced back with a win against the then top team in the MAC, Toledo, 74-66. The Huskies are 13-14 this season. 

Men's Tennis: NIU improved to 10-3 on the season with three wins in recent memory.  On Thursday, the Huskies dropped Butler, 7-0. On Saturday, they took both of their matches, playing against Western Illinois and Dayton, 7-0 and 4-0 respectively 

LYNCH AT THE COMBINE

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Lynch-Jordan-2013.jpgFormer Northern Illinois University football player and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is down in Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL Combine. He's met with several NFL teams down there, including the Chicago Bears. Lynch and the other draft hopefuls met the media today. Lynch talked about what teams have told him about his chances at playing quarterback in the NFL, his desire to do anything to make a team and the talent in the MAC.

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Men's Tennis: The Huskies went 3-0 last weekend after defeating Detroit, UW-Whitewater, and Southern Illinois. They outscored opponents 20-1 on the weekend. The three wins extended the team's winning streak to five matches. NIU has a home match on Friday, February 7 against SIU-Edwardsville and a road match on Sunday, February 9 at Indiana. 

Women's Tennis: NIU suffered its first defeat of the season on Sunday, February 2 in a road match at Wisconsin. The Huskies lost the match, 5-2. NIU is 1-1 on the young season. On Friday, February 7, the Huskies play SIU-Edardsville at home. On the following Saturday, they'll remain at home to take on Cleveland State. 

Men's Basketball: The Huskies have put together a nice three-game winning streak over the last week plus, bringing their current record to 10-11. On Wednesday, January 29, the Huskies edged Kent State, 50-49. On the following Saturday, they pulled off an overtime victory at Ball State, 67-65. On Tuesday, February 4, NIU bested Miami (Ohio), 53-41 

Women's Basketball: The Huskies went 1-2 over the last week plus, giving them an 8-12 overall record thus far. Against Kent State on Wednesday, January 29, NIU won 65-43. The following Saturday, the Huskies fell at Western Michigan, 56-43. At home against Akron on Wednesday, February 5, the Huskies lost 71-67

Wrestling: Northern Illinois saw its record drop to 6-9 with a 23-12 loss at Old Dominion on Friday, January 31. The Huskies are set to take on Kent State at home on Saturday, February 8. 

Gymnastics: NIU's gymnastics team improved its record to 2-1 (2-0 MAC) with a 192.450-191.600 win against Western Michigan on Saturday, February 1. The Huskies are on the road for a meet at Kent State on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Women's Golf: NIU defeated Ohio, 4-1, but lost to Bowling Green, 3-1 o the first day of MAC Match play on Monday, February 3. On Tuesday, the Huskies bested Cleveland State, 3.5-1.5.