May 4, 2006
UCLA men's soccer head coach Jorge Salcedo will join UCLA legend Paul Caligiuri and former U.S. National Team star Eric Wynalda on Team USA at the 2006 U.S. SOCCER-TENNIS Invitational on Sunday, May 7 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus. The event begins at 1:00 pm.
Salcedo played in Major League Soccer (MLS) for five years and also played for F.C. Morelia of the Mexican First Division. He was a member of the U.S. National Team program, earning caps with the full national team and captaining the U-17s at the 1989 World Youth Championships and the U-20s at the 1990 CONCACAF Tournament. At UCLA, he was a four-year starter and earned NSCAA first-team All-America honors in 1993. As a freshman in 1990, he scored the decisive penalty kick in the NCAA Championship game to give UCLA its second national title.
Caligiuri, who is a member of both the U.S. Soccer and UCLA Athletic Halls of Fame, played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and the 1988 Olympic Games, logging 114 caps with the U.S. National Team. Caligiuri was the first U.S.-born player ever to play in the top-flight division in Germany, and he also played six seasons in MLS, including two with Salcedo on the Los Angeles Galaxy. At UCLA, Caligiuri was a two-time NSCAA All-American (1985 and 1986) and the 1986 Soccer America Player of the Year. He led UCLA to its first-ever NCAA soccer championship in 1985.
Wynalda is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame and played in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. In his National Team career, he recorded 106 caps and 34 goals. Wynalda played six seasons in MLS and won the MLS scoring title in 1996 with 33 points (10 goals, 13 assists).
"I'm happy to be invited to participate in this inaugural tournament. Soccer-tennis is an aspect of the game that is enjoyable and, in fact, plays a part in our weekly training sessions," Salcedo said. "The international players representing their respective countries have all played soccer at the highest level, which should make for an entertaining afternoon. Paul Caligiuri and Eric Wynalda are soccer icons in the United States, and I look forward to competing with them this weekend."
"Having played with Paul & Jorge both on the U.S. National Team and MLS, I am honored to have them play in our inaugural SOCCER-TENNIS tournament," said Thomas Dooley, founder of the U.S. SOCCER-TENNIS Invitational and former U.S. National Team captain.
Furthering their partnership with the American SOCCER-TENNIS Organization (ASTO), the Los Angeles Galaxy will give a general admission ticket to their May 20th home games against the Colorado Rapids for each ticket bought to the 2006 U.S. SOCCER-TENNIS Invitational.
SOCCER-TENNIS is a new hybrid sport that is played on an XL Turf tennis court with scoring similar to volleyball. The 2006 U.S. SOCCER-TENNIS Invitational will showcase the skills of players from eight countries - the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Iran. International players scheduled to participate include Dooley of Germany, Mauricio Cienfuegos of El Salvador, Alberto Garcia Aspe and Luis Hernandez of Mexico, Mohammad Khakpour of Iran and Aldair of Brazil.
Tickets for the event range in price from $15-100 and can be purchased on campus at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310/UCLA-WIN) or via Ticketmaster.com.