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Members of the U.S. National Teams Come Together at Convention

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What were some of the memorable moments for some of the captains of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team during the biggest matches of their career?

Attendees of the 2013 NSCAA Convention have the opportunity to get answers to those questions and many more at one of the more unique lecture sessions at this year’s event.

On Friday, Jan. 18, the “World Cup Captains and Coaches” panel will allow Convention attendees insight into the coaching and playing experience on the international stage.

Scheduled to appear include:

  • Walter Bahr
  • Tony DiCicco
  • Anson Dorrance
  • Julie Foudy
  • Bob Gansler
  • April Heinrichs
  • Claudio Reyna
  • Steve Sampson


The session, moderated by FOX Soccer’s Rob Stone and presented by U.S. Soccer, will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Wabash Rooms 1-2.

Registration for the 2013 Convention is still available online until midnight Wednesday or onsite.

Walter Bahr
Bahr was selected to the U.S. National Team in 1949 and appeared in 19 games at defender. The long-time captain was a member of the U.S. squad that recorded the historic 1-0 win against England in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

Bahr is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and has been recognized on many occasions by the NSCAA for his contributions to the game. He is an Honorary All-American, Honor Award recipient (1986), a member of the NSCAA Hall of Fame (Class of 1995) and a 1982 recipient of the NSCAA Letter of Commendation.

Tony DiCicco
DiCicco coached the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1994 to 1999, a time period during which the team won the first-ever Olympic gold medal (1996) in women’s soccer and a FIFA Women’s World Cup title (1999). He has also served as the head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, leading the team to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in Chile.

DiCicco is the Director of the NSCAA Goalkeeping Academy, a 1999 Honorary All-America recipient, 2008 winner of the Women’s Committee Award of Excellence and a 2008 recipient of the NSCAA Letter of Commendation.

Anson Dorrance
In addition to his duties leading the University of North Carolina’s legendary women’s program, Dorrance also served as U.S. Women’s National Team head coach from 1986-1994. Under his tutelage, the U.S. won the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991. Dorrance also coached a long list of greats, including Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly.

In addition to being a member of the NSCAA Coaching Academy Staff, Dorrance has also been recognized by the organization on numerous occasions. He has received the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching award (2002), an NSCAA Letter of Commendation (1991), the Bill Jeffery award (2006), the Women’s Committee Award of Excellence honor (2006) and Honorary All-America (2002).

Julie Foudy
Foudy first earned international recognition as a midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1988 to 2004. During that 16-year span, Foudy played in four FIFA Women’s World Cups (winning in 1991 and 1999) and competed in three Olympic Games (winning two gold medals in 1996 and 2004, and one silver in 2000).

Julie Foudy will accept the 2013 NSCAA Honorary All-America award on Friday evening (Jan. 18) at the Awards Banquet.

Bob Gansler
Gansler is considered one of the finest coaches in the history of American soccer. He led the U.S. Men’s National Team to the 1990 World Cup, the team’s first appearance at the tournament since 1950. Additionally, Gansler played defender for the U.S. Men’s National Team, appearing in Pan American, Olympic and World Cup qualifying games in the 1960s.

Gansler was named as a member of the NSCAA Hall of Fame, in addition to his many other honors.  He will accept the Charlotte Moran Long Term Service award at this year’s Convention, an honor he earned for his dedication to youth soccer. He also serves as an NSCAA Coaching Staff member.

April Heinrichs
Heinrichs served as U.S. Women’s National Team captain when the team won the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991 and finished her international playing career with 46 caps and 35 goals. Additionally, she coached the Women’s National Team to a third place finish in the 2003 Women’s World Cup. Heinrichs was also the first female player inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Heinrichs is a member of the NSCAA Coaching Academy staff and was named the first-ever recipient of the Women’s Committee Award of Excellence in 1999.

Claudio Reyna
Reyna’s international career included 112 caps and eight goals as a midfielder. Following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s impressive run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, Reyna was named to the FIFA World Cup All-Tournament team. He was also the captain of the 2006 U.S. team during the World Cup in Germany.

Steve Sampson
Sampson served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team for two years before being named head coach in 1995. He served in the lead role for three years, and became the first American-born coach to qualify the team to a World Cup berth in 1997. He is also the only U.S. coach to have coached two National Teams (the U.S. and Costa Rica). Sampson is a 1995 recipient of the NSCAA Letter of Commendation.

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