Friday, November 16, 2012

Union name Ricardo Ansaldi as the club’s new Director of International Player Development

Chester, Pa. – Philadelphia Union have named Ricardo Ansaldi as the club’s new Director of International Player Development.  A 30-year veteran of the international soccer scene, Ansaldi will be charged with recruiting top talent from every corner of the world.

“Ricardo brings a wealth of international experience to our staff and organization,” said Union Team Manager John Hackworth.  “I had the good fortune of working with him numerous times when I was working with the U.S. National teams and I was always impressed.  He has contacts at every level and we are confident that is knowledge and expertise will help bring the world's top talent to the Philadelphia Union."

Ansaldi’s career in soccer began in the 1980’s, when he founded Premier Soccer Tours, a company that made it possible for Argentine youth soccer teams to play abroad.  By 1993, the business grew to be the main logistics and operation provider for any national or pro team playing at Miami’s Orange Bowl, giving him the unique opportunity to work with the national teams of Brazil (1998 Gold Cup), Argentina (2003-04 U.S. tours), Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador.

In the late 90’s, Premier Soccer Tours further expanded to include U.S. teams traveling to South America (mainly to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay), working with all levels of U.S. Soccer, various Major League Soccer teams and countless college, club and state association teams.  Ansaldi also organized many international tournaments featuring the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Australia, Peru, New Zealand and Venezuela.
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