Wynalda set to hold Biloxi soccer camp

pmagee@sunherald.comJune 30, 2014 

One of the top names in U.S. soccer history, Eric Wynalda, will hold a youth camp from July 7-11 at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex in Biloxi.

Wynalda competed in three World Cups for Team USA and was a standout on the professional level in the Bundesliga in Germany and in Major League Soccer, making him one of the biggest soccer stars in the U.S. in the 1990's.

"To my knowledge, I don't know of anybody of that caliber (that has hosted a camp in Biloxi)," said Matt Busby, Biloxi Junior High's girls soccer coach and a Biloxi Soccer Organization board member.

Wynalda is currently a TV analyst for FOX Sports and a coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks, a club in the North American Soccer League.

The camp will start at 9 a.m. each day from July 7-11. Busby said there will be an entry fee of $200 for each player.

Registration for the camp can be done on the first day of the event at the complex and more information can be found at eventbrite.com by searching for "Wynalda Soccer Academy."

"We're going to do obviously skills training specific to each age group," Busby said. "For the younger kids, we'll do foot skills. The older kids will get into tactical planning and technique."

Silverbacks assistant coach Warren Steenkamp, who was a goalkeeper at William Carey University, also played a large role in attracting the event to the Coast.

Steenkamp, a native of South Africa, coaches goalkeepers for the Silverbacks and served in the same role for the South African national team in the 2010 World Cup.

Wynalda, Steenkamp and a pair of pro players will be providing instruction for the event.

"We would like to have Eric come here every year and make it an annual camp," Busby said.

While Wynalda is in town, he will also participate in a fund-raiser for Biloxi High School soccer program.

Fans can purchase $40 tickets to take part in a meet-and-greet with Wynalda from 6-8 p.m. at Slap Ya Momma's Smokehouse & BBQ on July 10.

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