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Saudi Arabian Coach Makes Impact on Med City FC Soccer Player

June 18, 2018 09:32 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The United States Men’s National Team won’t be competing in the 2018 World Cup this summer, but there’s a connection to one World Cup team from Rochester.

Med City FC Mayhem goalkeeper Salvador Plaza, a 20-year old from Chile, played for a coach named Manuel Suarez when he was 13. Suarez’ coaching career has only escalated in the past seven years, as he’s now an assistant coach for the Saudi Arabian national team at the World Cup.

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Saudi Arabia qualified for the World Cup for only the fifth time in the nation’s history, and Plaza said he’s not surprised to see him succeed as a coach because Plaza credits Suarez for making him a better futbol player.

"He only wants the best, and he was very professional,” Plaza said. “He made an impact because he was the one who really put me and made me take the decision if I wanted to be a keeper or not.”

Saudi Arabia (0-1) is in Group A play at the FIFA World Cup. Saudi Arabia will continue Group play on the pitch on Wednesday against Uruguay.

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