RICHMOND, Va. – Soccer has an uncanny ability to bring people together who live worlds apart.
Last week was no different in the Richmond area as 12 youth soccer coaches from China traveled around to various fields and seminars to enhance their knowledge of coaching.
Friday was specifically special as VCU women's soccer coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Siri Mullinix met with the group to demonstrate techniques and to discuss various aspects of coaching youth players.
Included in the group of Chinese coaches were Sun Wen and Shui Qingxia, both former Olympians for China. Wen was reunited with Roberts Sahaydak for the first time since 1999 when the U.S. women's squad, which included Roberts Sahaydak, topped China in the World Cup final.
"Sun is one of the greatest players in women's soccer history and it's great to have this chance to see her again," Roberts Sahaydak said. "It's been an honor and privilege for Siri and I to be able to work with the group of Chinese coaches and help develop the game of soccer even further in China."
With the foursome of Roberts Sahaydak, Mullinix, Wen and Qingxia, there is a combined five World Cup appearances and five Olympic games. Wen also won the Golden Ball in the 1999 World Cup for the most goals scored at the tournament, as well as being named the FIFA Women's Co-Player of the Century, which she shared with Michelle Akers.