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For Immediate Release



Mia Hamm Joins the Slammers FC Coaching Staff


NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA (05APRIL2009) – Youth soccer powerhouse Slammers Fútbol Club is extremely privileged and honored to announce soccer legend Mia Hamm has joined their coaching staff beginning this month.

Hamm will work with Slammers FC teams as a soccer trainer, coach, and role model.  Her focus will be older age teams with athletes approaching college.  She will contribute her expertise to teams during state, regional, national, and international championship preparations.  Mia will additionally float through out other teams in the club working on various aspects of player and team development.


“This is an incredible opportunity for our players.  Mia’s experience and success at every level of the game is unmatched.” says Walid Khoury, Director of Coaching for Slammers FC.


“To have a player of Mia’s caliber and integrity training our players is an opportunity which will touch these kids forever.  Mia is truly a special person.” Ziad Khoury, Director of Coaching for Slammers FC.


“I am very excited to work with the Slammers.  Ziad and Walid have given me a great opportunity to gain some valuable experience.  My family has a long history with the Slammers program going back to the beginning.  Working with close family and friends made this decision very easy for me.”, expressed Mia Hamm.


Mia Hamm joins Directors of Coaching, Walid Khoury (2003 Nike Coach of the Year) and Ziad Khoury (2006 and 2009 Nike Coach of the Year), and an extremely talented coaching staff focused on elevating the youth soccer experience for young athletes in Southern California.



Mia Hamm played with the United States women's national soccer team for 17 years.  At age 15, she was the youngest soccer player to ever play for the national team.  At 19, she was the youngest team member in history to win the World Cup.


Mia enjoyed great team success.  At the University of North Carolina she helped the team to four consecutive NCAA women's championships.  She won two Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.  She was also a member of the U.S. National team during their two World Cup victories in 1991 and 1999. 


Hamm was twice named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002.  She scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the sport’s history (158). 


In 1999, she founded the Mia Hamm Foundation, which is dedicated to bone marrow research in memory of her brother, Garrett.



Based in Newport Beach, California and founded in 1994, Slammers F.C. is an established presence on the youth soccer landscape.  A member of the intensely competitive Cal South state section, they amassed 24 Cal South


State Championships, 13 USYSA Regional Championships, 3 USYSA National Championships, 4 US Club Soccer Championships, and 3 Nike Youth World Championships. ranks the Slammers F.C. as the #1 youth girls club in the nation under their ClubRank™ system.  This points system is designed to gauge how well clubs are doing in their mission to prepare players for higher levels of soccer, namely the professional ranks, youth and full national teams, and college soccer.


The 2009 Soccer America ranking places the Slammers F.C. at #4 in the nation for girls youth soccer clubs.  The Slammers F.C. was ranked in the top 10 nationally over the last 5 years, and 4 of those years in the top 5. 


More than 200 Slammers F.C. athletes have gone on to play soccer at the college level.



For further information contact, Trevor Neumann