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U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium To Be Held Oct. 8-9 Around U.S. MNT Match Against Poland

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2010) – U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium Oct. 8-9 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Poland at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The theme for the two-day event will be focused around “Creating a Professional Training Environment.”

On Oct. 8, coaches will attend the closed-door U.S. MNT training session at Soldier Field in advance of the team’s match against Poland on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. CT. After practice, members of the MNT staff will address the group about the specifics of practice and the following day’s match.

Attendees will then make their way to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., to watch the Chicago Fire take on the Columbus Crew. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 8 p.m. CT.

On Oct. 9, U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Louis Mateus will lead a U.S. Soccer Training Center at Toyota Park. Mateus, a former youth coach with the Chicago Fire, will invite local players to attend training sessions run by National Staff Coaches. The Training Centers are training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with youth national team potential.

Following the Training Center, coaches will return to Soldier Field to get an up close and personal vantage point of pre-game warm-ups. The two-day symposium will conclude with post-game remarks from the MNT staff.

Cost for the symposium is $110 for active U.S. Soccer CoachesNet members and $120 for non-members. Registration is open to all coaches. Space is limited and interested coaches are encouraged to register early.

U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coaches will earn two “Continuing Education Units” for attending the two-day symposium.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Oct. 8
4-4:30 p.m. Symposium Registration
5-6 p.m. U.S. MNT Training (Soldier Field)
8 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew (Toyota Park)
Saturday, Oct. 9
12-1 p.m. Lecture - Professional Environment (Toyota Park)
1:15-3:15 p.m. U.S. Soccer Training Center (Toyota Park)
6-6:15 p.m. Pre-Game Overview (Soldier Field)
6:15-6:45 p.m. U.S. MNT Training (Soldier Field)
7 p.m. Kickoff
Post-Game Lecture - Post-Match Analysis
* Schedule is subject to change*

Questions regarding the symposium schedule can be directed to Bryan Koch in the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or 312-528-1219.