Former Major League Soccer player and manager Mike Sioskia has been named manager of the US team seeking a ticket to the baseball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics, the US baseball team said.
“It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to lead the United States team this year and know that all of our team members will feel the same,” Skosia said. “It would be a privilege to wear the United States shirt.”
“It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we hope will end when the United States wins an Olympic gold medal!”
Scioscia, 62, was manager of the Los Angeles Angels for 19 seasons, achieving a score of 1650-1428 (.536). In 2002, Scioscia led the Angels to the only world championship title in their history and in this process became the seventh personal to win the championship as a player and manager.
During a 13-year career as a future at Los Angeles Dodgers (1980-1992), Scioscia attended two All-Star Games and was part of the teams that won the World Series in 1981 and 1988.
The United States will seek the ball at the Olympic Games in June in America’s Qualifiers, which will be played in Florida. In the Continental Qualifiers Round, from May 31 to June 5, eight countries will participate, divided into two groups: A (the United States, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic) and B (Canada, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela).
The winner will advance to the Olympics and will already join South Korea, Japan, Israel and Mexico. The second and third-placed teams in Florida will advance to the final WBSC playoff match, which will be held from June 16-20 in Taichung, Taiwan.
“We are honored to welcome Mike Scusia to Team USA,” said Paul Seller, Baseball Executive Director and US COO. He added, “Mike’s tenure with the Angels Privilege was amazing, as he created a culture of success and celebrated it with six divisional titles, the Major League Soccer banner and his first World Championship title.”
“Remarkably, his leadership, integrity and character are unmatched in our game, which makes him the ideal person for the baseball family in the US We are delighted that he is leading our national team in their quest to win a place in the Tokyo Olympics,” said Seiler.