Mike Sweeney, Mark MacKain and Tom Atencio retain US Club Soccer Board of Directors seats
CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 10, 2011) – Mike Sweeney (Region II), Mark MacKain (Region III) and Tom Atencio (Region IV) have all retained their seats on the US Club Soccer Board of Directors and will each serve an additional two-year term through February 28, 2013.
Atencio and MacKain each earned a majority of votes in their re-election bid while Sweeney ran unopposed.
MacKain is currently the Girls’ Director of Coaching at Atlanta Fire United SA and has served on the club’s executive board since 2000. A current USSF ‘A’ License holder, MacKain played professionally in the NASL and MISL before transitioning his focus to coaching.
Atencio, the Director of Coaching and Player Development at Portland, Ore.-based Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club, boasts experience at all levels of the game. The USSF ‘A’ License holder was a member of the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team staff in addition to serving on the USSF scouting staff. Atencio graduated from Cal State Fullerton, where he received national and regional honors for his play with the Titans before continuing his career at the professional level.
Sweeney, the Director and Founder of Cleveland Whitecaps SC, is a FIFA-licensed coach who has experience at nearly every level of soccer. He earned more than 100 caps for the Canadian National Team, including appearances in the 1984 Olympics and 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.
Unique to soccer organizations is the fact that US Club Soccer Bylaws stipulate that only individuals with significant soccer experience can qualify for a board seat. Members must have a current relationship with a member club consisting of at least eight teams, at least five years of coaching experience at a competitive level, and at least a USSF "B" coaching license or its NSCAA or international equivalent.
About US Club Soccer:
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. A member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in all 50 states. In addition to sanctioning and administering tournaments, leagues and other competitions as well as offering a range of programs for its members, US Club Soccer annually conducts the National Cup. US Club Soccer also directs its own player identification and development program – id2.
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