Team USA, from left: Team trainer James Pierre-Glaude, Dan Broome, Emmanuel Yeboah, Keith Mann, Ignacio Medrano, Nicolai Calabria, Richard Ramsay, Jesus Larios, Matt Eichler, Craig Till, Henry Sunday, Noah Grove, Josh Sundquist, and Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg

The United States National Amputee Soccer team entered the 2014 World Cup unranked.

Of a roster of 12, the team featured a total of five players who had never kicked a ball in international competition before - never mind the World Cup.

Those five included both rookie goal keepers, a 15-year-old that needed special permission from the sport's world governing body to be allowed to play, and two other field players who had never played in international competition before.

And yet...

And yet this team played extremely well against some of the toughest, most skilled teams in the world. They held Turkey, the hard-nosed Bronze medalists from the 2012 World Cup, to only two goals.

  Team USA also played Argentina, the fourth ranked team in the world, held that team 1-1 for most of the game, only to lose 2-1 in the last minutes of the match.

Germany fell to Team USA 5-1; as did host nation Mexico, 4-1.

In all, it was a quite respectable outing for a team finding itself in the World Cup for the first time in more than a decade.

Team USA came home with a ranking of 12th out of 30 teams in the world; with their heads held high, and with a thirst for the next competition - The Americas Cup in Guadalajara Mexico, next summer.

Congratulations gentlemen. Well done.

More to come.

USA Names Amputee Soccer
World Cup Team

Germantown, MD - Fourteen amputee athletes from ten states have been chosen to represent the United States in the Amputee Football (Soccer) World Cup in Culiacan, Mexico this December.

The US National Amputee Soccer Team was chosen here in August after months of open tryouts, training camps and competitive matches against "traditionally configured' soccer teams.

On choosing the team Head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg, Stony Brook University, NY; said "I'm honored and humbled to have the opportunity to coach this team and to represent the USA in the World Cup."

?We have a very talented and competitive team. I think we will surprise many of the other countries in the World Cup Tournament with the level of our game."

Dr. Lamberg said his best moment in amputee soccer was watching the reactions in the players' faces when he announced they' been chosen to represent the USA.

The team includes seasoned veterans of international and World Cup competition, Dan Broome and Ignacio Medrano, both of California, as week as a number of new players, including Noah Grove, of Frederick, MD.

At 15 Grove is the youngest player on the US squad, and possibly the youngest player in the 24-team World Cup tournament.

Lamberg and Assistant Head Coach Ignacio Medrano, Sun Valley, CA, said the team will continue to train and sharpen their skills, and will continue with strength and stamina training up to the time they leave for the World Cup November 28.

Some 24 national teams from 5 continents are scheduled to compete in the Amputee Football World Cup tournament - the sport's premier event.

For more on the World Cup go to the tournament's official home page at

US National Amputee Soccer Team 2014
Back Row - left to right: Josh Sundquist, Alexandria, VA; Craig Till, Midlothian, TX; Dan Broome (5 time World Cup veteran) Yorba Linda, CA; Nico Calabria, Concord, MA; Matt Eichler, Wilmington, DE; Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg, Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York.

Middle Row - left to right: Foday Dumbuya, Houston, TX; Emmanuel Yeboah, Encinitas, CA; Ignacio Medrano (4 time World Cup veteran) Sun Valley, CA; Henry Sunday, Spokane Valley, WA

Front Row - left to right: Keith Mann, Plainfield, NJ; Noah Grove, Frederick, MD; Eric Westover, Myrtle Beach, SC; Jesus Larios, Los Angeles, CA; Matt Castillo del Muro, Albuquerque, NM

National Team Prospects
"Looking Good"

Photo © Rachel Grove

According to US Team assistant coach and four-time World Cup veteran Ignacio Medrano, "We've got some real talent on the pitch right now. The guys are excited about the chance to represent the US in the Amputee Soccer World Cup later this year.

"Even those trying out for the first time and giving everything they have. We have the makings of a very good team."

Medrano's comments were made as players from (literally) across the country met in Myrtle Beach, SC, June 13-15 trying to become part of the 2014 US National Amputee Soccer Team.

The prospects are working to secure a spot on the 12-member primary roster and for three reserve positions.

The next open tryout and practice session for 10 outfielder and two goalkeeper positions will be held August 8 & 9, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland, near Washington DC.

For more information on tryouts, Contact Us

New News Videos on Prospective National Team Members:

   Nico Concord, MA - Revolution Soccer
   Noah Grove, Frederick, MD - WUSA9 TV
   Nico Calabria, Concord, MA - CNN

Lamberg, Medrano to Lead Team USA to Amp Soccer World Cup

         Dr. Eric Lamberg                 Ignacio Medrano

Dr. Eric Lamberg and four time World Cup veteran Ignacio (Nacho) Medrano, and have been named Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the 2014 US National Amputee Soccer Team.

The two will lead the team in its preparation for the Amputee Soccer World Cup to be held in Mexico this Fall.

Both men have extensive soccer backgrounds. Lamberg, a professor at Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York, is the university's primary faculty member teaching about amputation, prosthetics and rehabilitation. He's a lifetime soccer player and holds several soccer coaching certificates. He's been coaching soccer on Long Island for the past five years.

Medrano has been playing amputee soccer at the international level since 1997, served as National Team Co-Captain in the 2000 and 2001 World Cup tournaments, and was named Team Captain in 2011.

The next open tryout will be held August 8 & 9, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland, near Washington DC.

For more information on tryouts, Contact Us

  England 2 - 1+ over Ireland in first weekend friendly.
     1-1 tie in second match.

  Italy beats Germany 5-0 in European

  Poland over Ukraine 2 - 1 in friendly. Report #2
Masthead photo © Inge Hondebrink
   10th Amp Soccer World Cup kicks off
      in Mexico in late November, 2014.

Pope Greets Italian Amp Soccer Team

June 7, 2014 Vatican City - Pope Francis met today with members of the Italian Amputee Soccer Team. The team demonstrated the sport for the Pope as part of an event which turned St. Peter's Square into a spots arena for a number of sports including ballet and karate.

The event focused on Italian youth and the place of sports in the church. The Pope’s remarks focused on how sports, including amputee soccer, can bring about good in the lives of young people.

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  England Wins 2nd Amp Futbol Cup
     in Warsaw

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