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U.S. Soccer to Hold Coaching Symposium in Conjunction With U.S. MNT April 11 Match Against Jamaica in Cary, N.C.

Symposium to Feature U.S. MNT Coaches Discussing Preparations for
2006 FIFA World Cup; “A” Licensed Coaches Earn Two CEUs

This Coaching Symposium is Currently Sold Out

CHICAGO (March 16, 2006) – U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will hold a Coaching Symposium on April 10-11 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Jamaica at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. “A” licensed coaches will earn two Continuing Education Units for attending the two-day symposium.

Speakers at the symposium include U.S. Soccer Staff Coach Juan Carlos Michia, as well as U.S. MNT assistant coaches Phil Wheddon, Glenn Myernick and Pierre Barrieu.

The symposium kicks off on Monday, April 10, with registration at 1:15 p.m., followed by Michia and Chris Little, Director of Coaching for North Carolina Youth Soccer, addressing the U.S. Under-14 through Under-17 programs. Coaches then learn about the U.S. MNT’s preparation for the World Cup from U.S. MNT assistant coach Glenn Myernick. Immediately following, symposium attendees will watch the MNT train in preparation for their match with U.S. Manager Bruce Arena.

On Tuesday, April 11, the symposium opens at 9:30 a.m. with a lecture from U.S. MNT goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon, discussing how the MNT goalkeepers have been preparing for the World Cup. At 10:30 a.m., U.S. MNT Strength and Conditioning coach Pierre Barrieu will address the team’s physical preparation prior to the World Cup.

After hearing from the MNT assistant coaches, symposium attendees will hear from Elmar Bolwich, head coach of the North Carolina Men’s Soccer team, about players going from college to the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team.

The symposium concludes with the U.S. MNT match against Jamaica at 7 p.m. ET at SAS Soccer Park, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and via’s MatchTracker. Cost for the symposium is $70 and includes a ticket to the game. Space at the symposium is limited and coaches are strongly encouraged to apply early. For coaches attending from out of town, a special rate of $85 per night has been secured at the Holiday Inn in Cary. Coaches must mention the coaching symposium to get the reduced rate.

Registration forms should be sent to:
Attn: Chris Little - Coaching Symposium
North Carolina Youth Soccer
P.O. Box 29308
Greensboro, NC 27429

Tentative Symposium Schedule
Monday, April 10, 2006
1:15 p.m.      Registration

2 p.m.            Juan Carlos Michia, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach
                       Chris Little, Director of Coaching for NC Youth Soccer
                       U.S. Under-14 to Under-17 National Teams

3 p.m.            Glenn Myernick, U.S. MNT Assistant Coach
                        Preparation for 2006 FIFA World Cup

4 p.m.            Bruce Arena, U.S. MNT Manager
                        Attend a MNT Training Session

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
9:30 a.m.       Phil Wheddon, U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Coach
                        MNT goalkeepers’ preparation for 2006 FIFA World Cup

10:30 a.m.     Pierre Barrieu, U.S. MNT Strength and Conditioning Coach
                        MNT players’ physical preparation for 2006 FIFA World Cup

11:30 a.m.     Elmar Bolowich, North Carolina Head coach
                         Players going from college to the U.S Under-20 Men’s National Team

*Schedule subject to change

Fee Schedule
All                    $70
*Limited Space Available

Hotel Information
Holiday Inn
5630 Dillard Drive,
Cary, NC 27511
Tel: (919) 851-1220
Rate: $85.00 + tax (For a king or double)
* Please mention “coaches symposium” to secure rate.
* Rooms must be reserved by March 27th. is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.