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U.S. Soccer Working With State Department on International Sports Initiative As Part of International Relations Program

U.S. Players & Coaches to Bring Outreach Program and Educational Message
to 4,000 Children in Bahrain, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda

CHICAGO (September 13, 2006) — U.S. Soccer has joined forces with the U.S. State Department to take part in an International Sports Initiative that will see players and coaches from U.S. Soccer’s National Teams travel abroad to conduct clinics and bring a direct educational message to as many as 4,000 citizens of Bahrain, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.

The International Sports initiative will serve as the first program in U.S. Soccer’s own International Relations Program established earlier this summer to help strengthen the organization’s ties within the worldwide soccer community. The four-part program runs from Sept. 13 to Oct. 14.

Each International Sports Initiative program includes one male and one female coach and/or player. U.S. Soccer will be represented in these upcoming trips by three members of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup Team coaching staff: Glenn Myernick, Curt Onalfo and Phil Wheddon. Additionally, 2005 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and three-time World Cup veteran Marcelo Balboa will take part in the envoy.

Recently retired U.S. Women’s National Team star Cindy Parlow will be joined by fellow 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup veterans Shannon MacMillan and Tiffany Roberts, as well as former U.S. assistant coach Lauren Gregg.

The players and coaches will conduct clinics that will go beyond simple soccer drills and will also showcase team-building activities that will give the youth participants an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the American players and coaches. One of the important platforms of the program will see the U.S. coaches and players emphasizing the values of teamwork, respect and leadership.

Each International Sports Initiative will be on the ground for four days in their respective countries, performing three clinics per country that target approximately 450 boys and girls aged 7 to 17.

The schedule for U.S. Soccer’s representatives in the “Sports Envoy” program follows:

Dates               Country                Participants
Sept. 13-20     South Africa         Glenn Myernick, Shannon MacMillan
Sept. 18-23     Bahrain                 Phil Wheddon, Cindy Parlow
Oct. 8-13         Uganda                 Curt Onalfo, Tiffany Roberts
Oct. 8-14         Nigeria                   Marcelo Balboa, Lauren Gregg

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