Monday, May 14, 2007

USA Football Announces Training Camp Site

VIENNA, VA. - USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck and Team USA Head Coach John Mackovic announced today that San Jose State University has been selected to host Team USA’s training camp prior to the 2007 World Championship of American Football.

Team USA will train at San Jose State from June 20-July 4 prior to leaving for Japan for the World Championship.

The six-country tournament will be held July 7-15 in Kawasaki, Japan. This year’s event is the third staged by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The United States is competing in the tournament for the first time. Team USA will face Germany and Korea in pool play. The other pool will consist of host and two-time defending champion Japan along with Sweden and France.

“USA Football greatly appreciates the generosity and support extended to us by San Jose State University, Athletic Director Tom Bowen and Head Coach Dick Tomey,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Having first-rate facilities made available to us will help tremendously as we prepare for this year’s World Championship.”

Team USA’s coaching staff will arrive in San Jose on June 19. Players will arrive the following day with the first practice scheduled for Thursday, June 21.

“I am quite pleased that San Jose State could accommodate our needs for training camp,” Team USA Head Coach John Mackovic said. “Their staff has handled our requests with a ‘can do’ attitude. I know they are going to provide a first class experience for our team.”

The 14-day camp will be the only domestic preparation time the team will have prior to departing for Japan. Team USA will arrive in Tokyo on July 5 but will not play its first game of the tournament until July 10, when it meets Korea in the opening game of pool play. The United States will then face Germany on July 12. The championship game is scheduled for July 15.

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