CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2014) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Tony Sanneh and Zola Solamente, respectively, are currently in Bolivia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program. As part of the program, which runs through Nov. 7, Sanneh and Solamente will conduct clinics with Bolivian coaches and more than 750 children and youth in four cities around Bolivia.
Sanneh and Solamente kicked off the program with a visit to Fundación Gol in Cotoca, where they conducted a clinic at Tahuichi Soccer Academy for 200 children and 20 coaches. The program continues with a clinic for 80 children at Villa San Isidro on Tuesday, Nov. 4, when both U.S. players will participate in a friendly game with Bolivian soccer legends Marco Antonio Etcheverry, Juan Manuel Peña, Francisco Takeo, José Carlos Fernández, among others.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Thursday, Nov. 6, Sanneh and Solamente will continue conducting clinics for 200 children and 25 coaches, followed by another for 150 children and youths.
Sanneh was a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament and was recently named to the U.S. Men’s National Team “All-Decade Team.” He also played alongside Bolivian soccer star Marco Etcheverry while at D.C. United.
Solamente, who earned nine caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1992-93 as Zola Springer, played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina alongside Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini.
In partnership with the State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 24 countries since 2006. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.