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U.S. Soccer CoachesNet Holding Educational Workshop in Brazil

CHICAGO (March 22, 2011) – U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is currently offering a unique experience to its members by conducting an international educational workshop in Brazil, the five-time FIFA World Cup Champion and host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The workshop is part of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program that aims to provide unique coaching opportunities to its members.

The coaching workshop currently taking place in Rio de Janiero from March 17-25, is providing 37 coaches with the special opportunity to gain an unfiltered perspective of the Brazilian soccer culture by attending three professional games: Boavista vs. Fluminense, Vasco de Gama vs. Botafogo and Tigres de Brazil against Sampaio Corrêa. The coaches will also be making trips to professional Brazilian clubs including Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminence and CFZ, the professional club run by world-famous player Zico.

"It is a unique and wonderful experience to spend one day each with four professional clubs. We are learning about their club structure, player development, the pride the players have for the club and the shirt they wear and truly experiencing the Brazilian passion for soccer," says Technical Advisor Juan Carlos Michia.

The group of coaches is led by Director of Coaching, Dave Chesler, Technical Advisor, Juan Carlos Michia, and National Staff Coach, Carlos Juarez. Coaches have been split into four groups to concentrate on four specific areas of interest indicated by U.S. Soccer and Dave Chesler and staff. The staff will present their findings at the conclusion of the workshop.

"We came to learn and through observation of the Brazilian soccer culture and become better coaches and we are doing this," says National Staff Coach Carlos Juarez.

Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to help them develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. The next U.S. Soccer CoachesNet international educational workshop will take place from April 29-May 6 in Germany/Netherlands.