Chris Hamblin and Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino (Harvard Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the United States hosts Copa America for the first time, a pair of the world's soccer powers have spent time training at Harvard's Ohiri Field ahead of their contests at Gillette Stadium. The Brazilian team practiced on the Crimson pitch ahead of its June 12 clash with Peru, while Harvard hosted Argentina prior to its June 18 contest against Venezuela.
"Having Brazil and Argentina train on Ohiri Field has been an unbelievable experience. From a coaching perspective there is no better way to develop than from seeing world class managers and players train," said men's soccer associate head coach Jonathan Delano. "It was also tremendous seeing Christian Sady train with Argentina since they asked the New England Revolution U23s to train with them."
"Harvard men's and women's coaching staffs have enjoyed incredible professional development opportunities right here on the Harvard campus," said Chris Hamblin, the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. "Meeting with Leicester City sports psychologist Ken Way and gaining insights into the mindset that fueled Leicester's fairy tale season was a special experience for our staff. Having Brazil then Argentina train at Harvard's facility within a few days was just amazing. Our coaching staff has had the opportunity to see some of the best players on the planet train at Harvard. It has been a special couple of weeks for Harvard Soccer."
A world class grass field, Ohiri Field is consistently used by high ranking club teams from around the world, as well as international teams. Brazil and Argentina joined the United States men's national team and Liverpool FC as teams that have used Harvard's facilities in the past year alone.