Alkis Panagoulias, former coach of the Greek national team, was named the United States national coach yesterday by the United States Soccer Federation. Panagoulias will also coach Team America, the national team-in-training, which will be based in Washington, D.C., and compete in the North American Soccer League.
Panagoulias, 48, was born in Greece but is a naturalized American citizen. He coached the Greek national team from 1973-81 and is the coach of Olympiakos, the defending Greek first division champion.
"I believe the United States is now a sleeping giant in international soccer," said Panagoulias in a statement, "and we will soon achieve a stronger position in the soccer world."
Panagoulias will oversee the United States national program, which includes the national, Olympic, Pan American and national youth teams.
In another move, USSF President Gene Edwards said that former Washington Diplomats coach Gordon Bradley would likely be "involved with the team in some capacity. After all, he spearheaded the whole movement of a team in Washington" . . .
The NASL and the NASL Players Association announced that Team America's inaugural training camp in Tampa, Fla., has been delayed one week. The camp was to open Tuesday, but the date has been postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 8, in order to "give adequate consideration to questions raised by the players invited to the camp."
New York Arrows midfielder Gary Etherington, the only Major Indoor Soccer League player invited to try out for the team, will not be allowed to attend the camp until the MISL announces a league policy on Team America candidates, said Arrows Vice President Tod Leiweke.