Two U.S. Former Professional Players to Conduct Soccer Clinics in Bolivia
La Paz Bolivia — October 29, 2014. Two former members of the U.S. national soccer team, Zola Solamente and Tony Sanneh, will visit Bolivia during November 3-7 to conduct soccer clinics with Bolivian coaches and more than 750 children and youth in four cities around Bolivia.
A former member of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, Zola Solamente was a fourtime national champion at the University of North Carolina. Since 2000, Zola has led individual and group soccer clinics for girls between 12 and 18, concentrating on the development of technical skills, tactical knowledge of the game, cardiovascular fitness, and strength training.
Tony Sanneh had an impressive career in professional soccer for 17 years. Major highlights of his career include starring in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, two MLS Cup titles, and participation in UEFA Champions League during his time in Germany’s Bundesliga. Tony’s impact on American soccer was recently recognized by being named a part of the U.S. Men’s National Team “All-Decade Team,” and his selection as a finalist for the United States Soccer Hall of Fame. Tony was a teammate of Bolivian soccer star Marco Etcheverry when they played for DC United.
The U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program is sponsoring this visit to Bolivia. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs runs this program with the mission to promote mutual understanding between peoples and nations through the international appeal of sports.
On Monday, November 3, Zola and Tony will visit Fundación Gol in the town of Cotoca, Santa Cruz. In the afternoon, they will conduct a clinic at Tahuichi Soccer Academy for 200 children and 20 coaches.
On November 4, both U.S. soccer stars will lead a clinic with for 80 children at Villa San Isidro and will participate in a friendly soccer match with a number of Bolivian professional soccer legends. Confirmation from Marco Antonio Etcheverry, Juan Manuel Peña, Francisco Takeo, José Carlos Fernández, among others is still pending.
On November 5, Zola and Tony will travel to Coroico, a town in the department of La Paz to lead a clinic for 200 children and youth and 25 coaches. The next day, they will conduct a soccer clinic in the city of El Alto for approximately 150 children and youths. The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia values sports as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.