Sunday, December 18, 2005
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The Bakersfield Brigade announced that they have reached an agreement with soccer icon, Eric Wynalda to join the Brigade as their Technical Director of Player Development.
As Technical Director, Wynalda will assist Head Coach Jay Gore with recruitment for the upcoming 2006 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Our commitment to enhance the game of soccer within our community is first and foremost, Wynalda's presence within our organization supports our intentions and solidifies our goals for our club," stated Brigade General Manager Joe Jimenez. "And, with Eric assisting with our recruitment, Bakersfield will most definitely get a glimpse of tomorrow's soccer superstars, as they play for their Brigade team in 2006," added Jimenez.
"First off let me say how thrilled I am to be involved with the Brigade," stated Eric Wynalda. "Jeff Thorn's group has the right vision of success and I wanted to be involved with its future. If it's about making soccer better and doing it the right way, I'm in. That's what I told Jeff and that's what I believe we will do with the Bakersfield Brigade," added Wynalda.
Eric Wynalda is a three-time World Cup veteran and is currently contracted with ABC and ESPN to cover the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Wynalda is known by many in the soccer world as he currently holds the record for most goals scored (34) by any US Men's National Team member, and is also known for scoring the very first MLS goal in the inaugural match in April of 1996. His goal was later honored as Goal of the Year.
Wynalda began his professional career in 1990 while playing for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). In 1992, Wynalda moved to Europe and played in Germany for three years, then returned in 1996 and joined the San Jose Clash of the MLS. Over the next several years, in addition to playing for the Clash Wynalda played for the Miami Fusion, New England Revolution and ended his professional playing career in 2001 while being part of Chicago Fire.
In 2004, Wynalda took a position with ABC and ESPN as a commentator and continues today to be a voice heard around the soccer world.