October 28, 2008
The Binghamton men's soccer team has always considered itself a close family but this season, 14 players have taken that concept to a new level. They share a old office building in downtown Binghamton and have turned it into a home away from the field.
The nine graduating players along with sophomores Kyle Manscuck, Scott Zobre, David Grad as well as juniors Chris Terry and Kyle Kucharski all share the place. There are 14 rooms with a common area in the middle. The situation works out perfectly.
"We got 14 rooms around the perimeter of an old office building," senior midfielder Justin Leskow said. "It opens up in the middle. We got a ping-pong table, a few futons and we have a good time."
"I don't know if I'd call it a house," head coach Paul Marco said. "I'd call it more of a warehouse/department store/arcade."
One may think that the 14 players would get tired of being around each other so much but nothing could be further from the truth.
"We are really all close so whatever happens on the field stays on the field," Manscuk said. "We are all best friends and help each other with everything. It's really good that the other 13 people to have your back at all times."
"It's a lot of fun all being together," senior back Mark Wood said. "We try and help each other out with staying on top of our school work."
One topic the players disagree on is who the neat people are in the house and who the messy ones are.
"There are a couple of slobs," Manscuk said. "I am not mentioning any Scottish names. I'll just leave it at that."
Junior back Cameron Keith, however, completely disagrees.
"The American boys' rooms are an absolute (mess)," Keith said. "All of the U.K. boys' rooms are neat and tidy. Whether that has something to do with U.K. society, I'm not sure. Our rooms are nice compared to theirs."
Perhaps Marco has the best answer to that question.
"I don't want to get too particular," Marco said. "Just look at the way the guys carry themselves. You see who shaves and who doesn't. You see who keeps their hair cut and who doesn't. I'm sure those are the same guys who are washing the dishes and those guys who are creating the messes."
Overall, however, sharing the place downtown is another aspect of their time at Binghamton that the players will always remember.
"It's been great for me," Keith says. "I have become close friends with both the Scottish boys and the American boys. It has been like family to me."
"They are loving it," Marco said. "They can't get enough of being together and spending quality time together. I think it is a great experience for them."
Posted October 28, 2008. 5 p.m.
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