Dave Sarachan will attend the Toronto FC II-Nashville SC match July 28. (Photo courtesy of the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation)
U.S. men’s national team head coach Dave Sarachan is coming home — for a soccer game in Rochester, N.Y.
Sarachan, a native of suburban Brighton, N.Y., will attend the Toronto FC II-Nashville SC regular season match at Marina Auto Stadium July 28 to draw awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk being held at the stadium Saturday, Sept. 15.
Sarachan, who is slated to coach the national team through the rest of the year while the U.S. Soccer Federation searches for a new comes, will be available to sign autographs and take photos with game attendees who have also registered for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation charity walk, pre-game from 5-6 p.m. The game kicks off at 6 p.m.
Fans can register for the Take Steps Walk on site, walk registration is free. They must have a ticket to the match to gain entrance into the stadium.
The 64-year-old Sarachan also will conduct the first kick prior to kickoff of the match on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
“I’m excited to return to my hometown, of Rochester, N.Y., in order to draw awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Take Steps Walk during the Toronto FC II regular season USL match,” Sarachan said. “I’m also equally excited to visit Marina Auto Stadium for the first time; knowing it is one of the original soccer-specific stadiums in America!”
One of the best scholastic players in the area at Brighton High School, Sarachan earned All-America honors at Monroe Community College before attending Cornell University. After he was chosen by the original Rochester Lancers in the North American Soccer League draft, Sarachan played two seasons for the club before entering the great indoors in the Major Indoor Soccer League.
“It is our great pleasure to welcome Dave back to his hometown and Marina Auto Stadium,” said David and Wendy Dworkin, co-operators of the Marina Auto Stadium said in a statement. “Dave is highly respected in soccer across the globe; therefore, it’s great to see support from a world-renowned head soccer coach, such as Dave.”
Added Eric Israel, the executive director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Dave come to Rochester to help support our upcoming September 15 Take Steps Walk at Marina Auto Stadium in order to expose our charity to soccer fans in Rochester, N.Y.”