ATLANTA (AP) – The Newest on the Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide soccer championship sport on Monday evening (all instances native):
Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a little bit of water dripping on to the sideline, seemingly coming from excessive above the sphere.
Across the 20-yard line on Alabama’s aspect of the sphere, however off the taking part in area, just a few drops could possibly be noticed falling on to the inexperienced synthetic turf.
A stadium safety employee sporting a blue shirt was standing the place the water was touchdown and had wets spots on his shirt.
There have been points with the stadium’s signature retractable roof since building started on the ability. The roof has solely been opened as soon as for soccer for the reason that stadium opened in August.
The group is trickling into Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the kickoff for Monday evening’s Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship sport about an hour away.
Alabama native and former NFL star Terrell Owens is among the many crowd that navigated the constant chilly drizzle exterior the stadium and safety strains to get into the constructing.
Owens, from Alexander Metropolis, Alabama, wore a wool knit Crimson Tide cap and talked with the SEC Community earlier than the competition, telling host Paul Finebaum that his dream rising up wasn’t the NFL, it was to play for Alabama.
If he had, the Crimson Tide may need had one other nationwide crown or two of their trophy case.
Owens as an alternative performed at Chattanooga and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1996. He had 1,078 catches in 15 seasons with 5 NFL groups.
Alabama radio play-by-play announcer Eli Gold says he has been informed that President Trump can be on the Alabama Radio Community throughout the Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship sport between the Crimson Tide and Georgia.
Gold says community officers reached out to the White Home via the Alabama governor’s workplace final week to request an interview with the president and heard again within the final day or in order that Trump agreed to come back.
Gold says nothing is definitive but when Trump comes on it could like be after the primary quarter.
Georgia will not be at full power at tight finish in its nationwide championship sport in opposition to Alabama.
Sophomore Charlie Woerner, who set a profession excessive with three catches within the Bulldogs’ Rose Bowl playoff win over Oklahoma final week, was on crutches when the group entered Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Monday evening’s sport.
Coach Kirby Sensible stated Sunday Woerner’s standing was uncertain after the sophomore suffered a leg damage in final week’s win, so the crutches weren’t a giant shock.
Woerner, listed with Isaac Nauta behind beginning tight finish Jeb Blazevich, had 9 catches for 100 yards this season.
Woerner is the nephew of former Georgia defensive again and return specialist Scott Woerner, a member of the Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame. Scott Woerner was a standout on Georgia’s 1980 nationwide championship group.
No. four Alabama faces No. three Georgia in an all-Southeastern Convention Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship sport Monday evening.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tries to tie former Alabama coach Bear Bryant’s file six main ballot nationwide championships. Saban has led the Tide to 4 nationwide championships since 2009, and the final three nationwide championship video games.
Georgia, coached by former Saban assistant Kirby Sensible, is in search of its first nationwide championship since 1980.
The Bulldogs function essentially the most prolific working again mixture in faculty soccer in senior Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. They mixed for six touchdowns within the Bulldogs semifinal victory in opposition to Oklahoma within the Rose Bowl.
Alabama has to No. 1 dashing protection within the nation and smothered Clemson within the Sugar Bowl semifinal to get right here.
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