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Dave Sarachan Joins U.S. Men's National Team as Full-Time Assistant Coach

CHICAGO (Wednesday, January 5, 2000) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has added the first full-time assistant to his coaching staff, selecting D.C. United assistant coach Dave Sarachan to fill the position.

In his role, Sarachan will help orchestrate the U.S. Men's National Team's final preparation for World Cup qualifying in the fall of 2000. He joins the team today for a nine-day training camp in Claremont, California, as the squad prepares for its first match of 2000, against Iran at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 16.

Sarachan was an assistant coach at D.C. United during the 1998 and 1999 MLS seasons. Sarachan originally joined D.C. United on Dec. 17, 1997, after Bob Bradley resigned to take the head coaching position with the Chicago Fire.

The 45-year-old Sarachan joined United from Cornell University, where he compiled a 64-63-16 record over nine seasons in charge of the Big Red soccer program. In this time at the school, he led the club to successive appearances in the NCAA tournament in 1995 and 1996.

The move to the U.S. National Team reunites Sarachan with Arena for a third time, having previously served as his assistant with United and also at the University of Virginia. Prior to taking the job at Cornell University, Sarachan worked under Arena at UVa for five seasons from 1984 to 1988.

"The U.S. National Team Program is moving in a very positive direction right now and the quality of players is higher than it has ever been. To have an opportunity to be a part of that is very exciting to me," said Sarachan. "I'm looking forward to being involved with Bruce again and competing at the highest levels, especially with World Cup qualifying on the horizon."

Sarachan was the assistant soccer coach at the University of Rochester from 1976-1977, as well as at Cornell in 1983. He was drafted by the Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League and saw action in 1976 and 1977. He also had a four-year playing career in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Pittsburgh Spirit (1978-79), Buffalo Stallions (1979-1981), Baltimore Blast and Kansas City Comets.

A 1976 graduate of Cornell, Sarachan played two seasons with the Big Red. He was named the team's most valuable player in his senior season, leading Cornell to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I tournament. Prior to his time at Cornell, Sarachan was a two-time All-American at Monroe (N.Y.) Community College.

Born on June 7, 1954, Sarachan is married to Cherie. The couple have two children: Ian (11) and Alexa (7).