Jan. 16, 2009
CHICAGO, Ill. – Florida State soccer coach Mark Krikorian is headed to Carson, Calif., to assist with the U.S. Women’s National Team. The U.S. squad will train in California for two weeks beginning January 20 in preparation for the Algarve Cup which will be held in early March in Portugal.
This marks the second time in the last two years that Krikorian has joined the U.S. National Team with current head coach Pia Sundhage at the helm. In December of 2007, Krikorian traveled out to Carson to assist Sundhage, who was making her coaching debut with the U.S. squad, for a five-day mini-camp in the final training session of the season.
Sundhage is quite familiar with the Seminole coach working with Krikorian during his three-year stint (2001-03) as head coach of the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA. Sundhage served as an assistant coach with the Charge for two seasons in 2001 and 2002.
Prior to taking over the Seminole soccer program in 2005, Krikorian came to Florida State fresh off leading the United States U-19 National Team to the bronze medal, while winning the FIFA Fair Play Award at the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup. As head coach of the U.S. U-19 National Team, Krikorian was responsible for all technical aspects of the program as the team prepared for the second-ever U-19 FIFA World Championship.
Krikorian will return to Tallahassee on February 1 following the completion of camp. The Seminoles will kick-off their spring campaign on Saturday, February 28 at the University of Georgia.