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U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet Kicks Off Educational Trip to Spain

Wilmer Cabrera, Rene Miramontes, Greg Vanney and Alfonso Mondelo to
Lead Group of 44 Coaches During Week-Long Trip

CHICAGO (March 19, 2010) – U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department kicked off an educational trip in Madrid, Spain, today with a group of 44 coaches who will spend a week learning about player development from various coaches, teams and administrators.

U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Rene Miramontes, Technical Director for Player Development and Scouting for Major League Soccer (MLS) Alfonso Mondelo and former U.S. defender Greg Vanney will guide the group’s activities during the week. During the trip, coaches will take part in lectures and discussions on player development and observe training sessions. Attendees will also have group discussions with the Spanish FA and listen to special lectures from professional coaches in La Liga.

Cabrera, who will join the group next week, will give a presentation on Monday, March 22, about how he prepared his players for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, touching specifically on the team’s match against Spain. His counterpart, Spanish U-17 head coach, Gines Melendez, will give a similar presentation on Wednesday, March 25.

Attendees will have unique and private access to the Spanish FA and Real Madrid training grounds and professional staffs, attend a Real Madrid La Liga game, analyze professional training sessions and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in the city. They will also be staying at the Ciudad del Futbol hotel which is located on the grounds of the Spanish Football Federation and the Real Madrid Training Center.

CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s coaches club, caught up with Miramontes, Mondelo and Vanney to talk about the coaching education trip to Spain, giving their expectations for the trip, along with their role during the workshop.

Rene Miramontes
In March of 2009, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Rene Miramontes led 45 coaches to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first international coaching education trip through the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department. Miramontes will now lead 44 coaches to Madrid, Spain, for a week-long trip. Read full interview.

Greg Vanney
Former U.S. international Greg Vanney earned 37 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Recently retired, Vanney earned a U.S. Soccer “A” Coaching License and will join Rene Miramontes in leading coaches on a week-long educational trip to Madrid, Spain. Read full interview.

Alfonso Mondelo
For its foreign trips to non-English speaking countries, U.S. Soccer provides a “soccer” translator and this trip is no different. Spanish native Alfonso Mondelo, who was a former coach in MLS and is currently MLS Technical Director for Player Development and Scouting, will provide his expertise on the game through translation. Read full interview.