July 7, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin men's soccer assistant coach Ian Sarachan has been asked to join the coaching staff for the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team training camp during its week of work and scrimmages at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, July 5-12.
The Gurnee, Illinois, native will work with head coach Richie Williams, his staff and the 38 players called to participate in the training camp. The U-17 USMNT opens camp with the first four days designated for training before playing a pair of matches against Orange County Blue Stars and Club Tijuana's U-18 team on July 9. Two more friendly games are also currently scheduled for July 12.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity from Richie (Williams) to include me in what is my first camp at the national team level," Sarachan said. "I've really been trying to just soak this all in. Being a young coach, it's great to have an experience like this to work alongside a staff of this caliber."
The large camp is held to determine rosters for a pair of upcoming international tournaments set to run from the end of July into August in Denmark and Mexico, respectively. Far from a bystander, Sarachan will coach some of the nation's premier talent and be highly engaged in the process.
"I'm right in the mix," Sarachan said. "I'm working with different groups and coaches. It's been very hands on already. I don't feel pushed to the side at all. They've let me get really involved and I've already been able to work and have conversations with many different players and coaches."
Sarachan offers experience from both the professional and collegiate levels. Son of longtime MLS and U.S. Men's National Team coach Dave Sarachan, he also served as an assistant coach for the Galaxy's U-14 and U-18 teams before joining the coaching staff at Wisconsin.
A former midfielder, Sarachan also enjoyed a successful playing career, graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he helped the Flames reach the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament.
With roots that run through the game all the way up to the national level, Sarachan shared how this kind of opportunity is one that means much more to him than just additional coaching experience on a resume.
"I never actually had the chance to play for the U.S. Men's National Team as a player," Sarachan acknowledged. "So, any time you have this kind of opportunity, a chance to put on this kit and emblem, it's special."
Sarachan will begin his second season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin this fall. In just his first season coaching the Badgers, he made notable contributions helping Tomislav Zadro win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Nick Janus earn All-Big Ten honors.
He was also a part of UW reaching the NCAA tournament last season, led by head coach John Trask, for the first time in nearly two decades. The Badgers recorded double-digit wins for the second time in four seasons and tallied 14 victories in 2013, which marked the most at UW since the team won 20 in 1995.