CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2015) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco is in Guatemala City as a member of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program. DiCicco is joined by former Mexico Women’s National Team captain Monica Gonzalez.
As part of the program, which runs through Feb. 26, DiCicco and Gonzalez will meet with local sports figures and conduct clinics with local children.
DiCicco and Gonzalez kicked off the week with a meeting between U.S. Embassy staff, representatives from the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture and Sports and other organizations. The pair then led a clinic with more than 80 children at the Roosevelt Sports Complex in Guatemala City before staging an afternoon session in another part of the city.
Tuesday kicked off with a clinic involving nearly 100 children before heading to a motivational talk with middle school students about the impact of sports and values. In the afternoon, DiCicco and Gonzalez met the Guatemala Women’s National Team players and coaches.
DiCicco returns to the U.S. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, while Gonzalez continues to conduct clinics with children in Jalapa and Guatemala City until Feb. 26.
As head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, DiCicco led the team to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup title and the 1996 Olympic gold medal. With a 103-8-8 record from 1994-99, DiCicco won more games than any coach in U.S. WNT history. He also guided the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in 2008, with a team that boasted current WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher.
In partnership with the SportsUnited division within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, 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. Most recently, former U.S. MNT defender Tony Sanneh and former WNT defender Zola Solamente visited Bolivia.