Thursday, January 19, 2006

Final Pre-World Cup training camp will be in North Carolina

Earlier today the US Men announced that their final pre-World Cup training camp would take place at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The camp will start on May 9th, one month to the day before the opening match in Germany.

Cary was also the place where the men did their final training before the 2002 Cup. During that session, the team played a friendly against the Richmond Kickers. There has been no announced rematch as of this time.

In September 2005, the Town of Cary initiated an agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) to select SAS Soccer Park as a site for one of their training camps. A proposal was sent from the Town to the Men’s National Team, which led to dialogue between the Town and the USSF. Following a visit from U.S. assistant coach Glenn Myernick in December 2005, negotiations began and a contract was signed in January 2006.

"We're extremely pleased that Cary will once again be our base for training camp prior to the World Cup," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "The facilities are outstanding, and our players and staff felt extremely welcome in the area. There's no question the camp in Cary was important to our success in the 2002 World Cup, and we're looking forward to another great experience as we prepare our team for Germany."


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