SoccerPlus Staff and Campers Set to Wear GK1 Sports Gear
Two of the most internationally recognizable names in United States Soccer history have joined forces as GK1 Sports, co-owned by former U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola, has officially partnered with SoccerPlus, which is operated by former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco. As part of the union, SoccerPlus staff and campers will be wearing GK1 Sports gloves and jerseys at each of the upcoming programs they host.
“GK1 Sports is honored to work with SoccerPlus and Tony DiCicco, someone who is a true legend in the soccer world and has been molding goalkeeping in our country for many years,” Meola said about the partnership. “We are excited to provide our apparel and equipment to their goalkeepers, and we look forward to developing our relationship together.”
SoccerPlus was founded by DiCicco in 1982, initially as a school dedicated to goalkeepers. Since its inception over 30 years ago, the company has expanded into four business entities and has educated tens of thousands of players and coaches through the DiCicco Method, which is built upon four separate principles that are applied to each program participant.
“SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School and I are delighted with our new relationship with GK1 Sports and Tony Meola,” DiCicco commented of the union. “Our students will be exposed to top line goalkeeper gear with product designed by one of the great keepers in U.S. history. My staff, students and I will be proud to wear GK1 Sports goalkeeper and team products.”
As a coach, DiCicco has reached the highest levels of success. He coached the U.S. Women’s National Team to Olympic Gold in 1996, and he also led the national side to its last FIFA World Cup Championship in 1999. Additionally, he served as head coach of the U.S. U-20 National Team when it won the U-20 World Cup in 2008. A longstanding advocate for a professional women’s soccer league in the United States, DiCicco served as Commissioner of the Women’s United Soccer Association during its three years of operation, and he was also the head coach of the Boston Breakers for the previous three seasons the team played in Women’s Professional Soccer.
Both Meola and DiCicco were also recently inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame together in May with a ceremony at FedEx Field before an international friendly between the U.S. National Team and Brazil.