Ceus takes learning overseas by training with Sunderland

Goalkeeper using two-week stint in England to stay active, learn from EPL pros

Commerce City, Colo. - The end of the 2012 season left backup goalkeeper Stew Ceus wanting more. This week, the 6'6" Haitian international - who posted clean sheets in the Rapids' final two matches of the year - interupted his offseason break by beginning a training stint with English Premier League side Sunderland.

"The goal of the trip is to learn as much as possible from guys who are playing at the highest level, and apply everything I learn to my game," Ceus told ColoradoRapids.com via email from England.

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Ceus said that former Rapids assistant coach Steve Guppy, now an assistant at Sunderland, offered him the opportunity to keep in shape during the offseason by getting some practice time with different players from the north England side.

It is common for MLS players to head overseas to train during the long break. Last year, Jeff Larentowicz spent time training with EPL side Bolton. Following his first year in MLS, Drew Moor trained with Middlesborough. Other MLS players have also already started training opportunities with clubs in Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Sweden, in addition to England.

After only three days, Ceus has already seen the benefits.

"So far I have been fully involved in training," Ceus said. "On day one I trained with the first team goalkeepers and played a few minutes in a small-sided game. Day two, (Sunderland) had a game so I trained with some of the younger players. And (Wednesday), I was fully involved with the reserve team and players who did not play much against QPR."

Ceus will depart England on December 4.