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Men's Soccer News: Hinkson Gets National Team Call

Carl Hinkson
Carl Hinkson

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A National Team call-up highlights a busy time period for SIUE men's soccer.

  • Spring Match vs. Evansville

The Cougars will play host to Evansville Saturday at Korte Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 11:30 a.m. and admission is free.

  • Hinkson Called for National Team Duty

Rising senior Carl Hinkson (St. George, Barbados) has been called on for National Team Duty. He will be in uniform when Barbados takes on Bermuda Sunday, March 25.

"For anyone to be recognized and to receive an invite to their full senior national team is incredible," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "It's great for the player. The international game is different than college soccer in a lot of aspects. To be put in that environment will help Carl grow as a person."

Sanchez said the benefit will extend to the rest of the team as well.

"Our guys will have questions for him," he said. "It's great for him, but it will be wonderful for our players to be debriefed by him and hear about his personal experience."

Former Cougar forward Devyn Jambga has signed his first professional contract, inking a deal with Portland T2, the USL affiliate of the Portland Timbers.

"For a lot of us at SIUE, Devyn represents what we strive for," Sanchez said. "Devyn was a great student-athlete, and he came here and earned his degree.

"He came here with a lot of developmental needs, from a soccer standpoint," Sanchez continued. "He put his head down and worked and every season he got better. At the end of it all he gets a professional contract with a great organization."

Jambga made his debut March 16 and played a full 90 minutes against Seattle Sounders FC2. Devyn Jambga bio at Portland T2.

  • Visit to World Wide Technology

The men's soccer team recently had a chance to visit the world headquarters of St. Louis-based World Wide Technology.

"Part of our culture here at SIUE is about providing opportunities for student-athletes not only on the playing field but academically as well as in the real world," Sanchez said. "Our kids get to see what a corporation is like. They see a major player, and they talk a lot about culture there."

Players were given the chance to tour the facilities and take part in a leadership development seminar which included a question and answer session featuring SIUE alumni now employed by World Wide Technology.

"Successful business are just like successful teams," Sanchez added. "For our guys to hear that from a multi-billion dollar company and from our alumni working there, it really resonated with them."

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