The Serie A club is the third world-class team to train at Harvard this summer (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Attracting a top-tier soccer team for the third time this summer, Harvard's Ohiri Field served as the training camp host for AS Roma's North America tour from July 24-30. The Serie A team is participating in the International Champions Cup while in the United States.
"It was great to have AS Roma training at Harvard last week. Roma hosted us on our trip to Italy a few years ago, and it's always great to see the world's top clubs come to Harvard." said Pieter Lehrer, The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer. "It was also a terrific experience for Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu to scrimmage against top-tier competition."
"This summer we have seen Brazil, Argentina and now AS Roma on campus. It's incredible to be exposed to the training environment of the professional teams that utilize Harvard's world class facilities," said Chris Hamblin, The Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer.
After spending time in the Premier Development League (PDL) this summer, Wheeler-Omiunu got the start in central midfield for the FC Boston Bolts in an exhibition on July 27 against AS Roma.
"Playing against Roma was a fantastic experience that gave me great insight into the quality of the players at the next level," said Wheeler-Omiunu. "That team was in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League last year, so they really are some of the best players in the world. I was amazed by the sharpness and understanding from the players in terms of what they wanted to do as a team."
Ohiri Field is consistently used by high ranking club teams from around the world, as well as international teams. This summer, Brazil, Argentina and AS Roma joined the United States men's national team and Liverpool FC as teams that have used Harvard's facilities in the past year alone.