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Two Spanish Football Federation Coaches to Present at U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium To Be Held June 3-4 in Conjunction With USA's Match Against Spain in Foxborough, Mass.

Attendees Will Attend Training Sessions for U.S. and Spain on June 3; Bob Bradley to Address Group; Post-Match Analysis with U.S. Soccer Technical Staff Registration Still Open for the U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium

CHICAGO (May 17, 2011) – Ginés Melendéz and Eduardo Caturla from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will present at U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department Coaching Symposium on June 3-4 to be held in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain in Foxborough, Mass.

Ginés Melendéz is the head coach of the Spain U-17 National Team and the RFEF Director of Coaching. He has been the coach of the U-17 team since 2008 and most notably led his team to third place at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup and runner-up at the 2010 UEFA European U-17 Championship. Eduardo Caturla is the President of the Spanish Football Federation Coaches Commission and a member of the RFEF Executive Committee.

“The Coaching Education Department has placed an emphasis on developing stronger connections with leading countries around the world and this is a great opportunity for our coaches to learn from two top-level coaches,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Dave Chesler, who will oversee the symposium. “We recently spent time with the German Football Association (DFB) and the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and studied their coaching school structure and player development programs. Spending time with the Spanish Federation will offer yet another perspective on how to develop players and coaches.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No. 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Registration for the symposium includes two days of educational presentations and discussions, an opportunity to observe both national team practices, a chance to interact with top professional coaches from Spain, a match ticket, a pre-game reception and a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet scouting and training notebook. Registration is open to all coaches.

The high-profile friendly takes place three days before the U.S. begins group play in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they join Group C of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe.

“This is an exciting time for U.S. Soccer as the No. 1 team in the world visits the Boston area,” said Chesler. “This symposium will give coaches a unique opportunity to examine the USA’s final preparations prior to a major international competition.”

U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coaches will earn two “Continuing Education Units” for attending this symposium after completing a written technical component related to this match.

U.S. MNT vs. Spain Coaching Symposium Tentative Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
June 3 1:45-2:15 p.m. Registration
  2:15-2:45 p.m.  Welcome by Director of Coaching Education Dave Chesler
  2:45-4:15 p.m. Presentation
  4:30 p.m.  Observe MNT Training Session
  5:45 p.m.  MNT head coach Bob Bradley
  6:30 p.m. Observe Spain Training Session
June 4 12-1:30 p.m. Presentation
  1:45-2:45 p.m. Presentation
  2:45 p.m. Pre-game Reception
  3:30 p.m.  Observe On-Field Warm-Ups
  4:30 p.m. U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Spain
7 p.m. Post-game Match Analysis

Schedule is subject to change. Times may be adjusted to accommodate changes in training schedule and coaching staff. More information will be available in due course.

Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to Bryan Koch in the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or 312-528-1219.