Boston Breakers Plan
Amp Soccer Fund Raiser
The Boston Breakers, of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), will donate $7.00 to the US National Amputee Soccer Team for every ticket ordered through a special Breakers web page for its Sept. 10 match against the Portland Thorn.
So if you're in the Boston area, or can get there, buy a ticket, go to the game, and help support TEAM USA.
The national teams from the USA and Haiti met in Irvine, California, at the end of July for a three match mini-tournament.
This meet was the first opportunity for many players on both sides of the ball to engage in an international competition. It
was designed as a developmental opportunity for new players as well as for international tournament points.
USA - Haiti Meet In Irvine
Team Haiti, which placed 7th in the most recent Amputee Soccer
World Cup, won the tournament 3-0.
The tournament was hosted by the City of Irvine at the Grand Park recreational complex, with the full, generous support of the
Orange County Soccer Club of the USL, the
United Soccer League. The Orange County Soccer Club is an affiliate partner of the new Los Angeles Football Club of
Miss the love stream? Go to USA + Haiti Match #2.
The US National Amputee Soccer Team (USNAST)was the guest of the Houston Dynamo recently for it's Major
league Soccer match with in-state rival Dallas FC. Our team was in Houston for a weekend training camp and open tryouts.
Shown here are: Back row left-to-right, team Captain Nico Calabria, of Massachusetts; Alvenso Honore,
Massachusetts; Foday Dumbuya, Texas; Dan Broome, California; Rich Ramsay, Oregon; and Head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg, New York.
Front Row left-to-right: Robert Ferguson,Texas; Ignacio Medrano, California; Jovan Booker, New York;
Rafael Perdigão, Massachusetts; and Robert Rodriguez, New York.
|Mr. Daniel Espinoza, at right, accepts a USNAST team T-shirt from head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg.
Mr. Espinoza is the Military Staffer for US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas 18th District. Mr. Espinoza also presented
Coach Lamberg and Local Organizing Chairman Robert Ferguson with Congressional Certificates of Appreciation for their work in
supporting individuals with limb issues.
Below: To get a feel for the game Mr. Espinoza got up on sticks and joined in some of the team drills, shown here
kicking against rookie goalkeeper Travis Oliva, of Ft. Worth.
Photos courtesy of Ellen Wang
Team USA Wins Bronze in Costa Rica
Back row, from left: Dr. James Pierre-Glaude, Trainer, NY; Dr. Eric Lamberg, Head Coach, NY; Josh Sundquist, CA; Nico Calabria,
Offensive Team Captain, MA; Foday Dumbuya, TX; Keith Mann, Defensive Team Captain, NJ; Dan Broome, CA
Front row, from left: Rich Ramsay, OR; Craig Till, TX; Ignacio
Medrano, CA; Noah Grove, MD; Alvenso Honore, MA.
Team USA returned home from the First Costa Rican Cup for Amputees wearing Bronze Medals after defeating Costa Rica's
National Team, 6-0 in its final match.
In that match rookie Goalkeeper Avelso Honore, Boston, MA, notched the shutout while Nico Calabria, of Cambridge, MA, scored
a hat trick. Noah Grove, of Frederick, MD scored twice and Foday Dumbuya, Houston, TX, once.
Team USA beat the Costa Rican Team Heredia in its first match 3-0. Calabria 2 goals, Grove 1; but lost 0-2 to Mexico's Los
Tigres de Monterrey, the eventual Gold Medal winners, in the semi-finals.
The Bronze was even more meaningful since Team USA was competing against teams who had played together, sometimes on a weekly
basis, for years. Team USA, which includes players literally from all corners of the country, had not played or practiced together
as a team since the World Cup in 2014.
Full reports are not in yet, but we do know that matches were seen via broadcast quality Internet live-stream in Mexico, El
Salvador, Costa Rica, throughout the United States, in Brazil, Ireland and Poland.
Team USA's Facebook page alone gathered more than 59,000 responses.
Rookie Goalkeeper Alvenso Honore, of Boston, MA, scored the
Bronze Medal shut-out in his very first international
Nico Calabria, heading the ball, Cambridge, MA, led all US
scorers with five in the three match set.
Unless otherwise noted, photos on this page
are © Carl Calabria.
Amp Soccer Pioneer!
Team USA was treated to a special surprise guest during its
recent trip to Southern California.
Game Pioneer Kari Young Dennis.
Photo by Rick Hofmann
Multiple World Cup veteran Dan Broome introduced the team to
amputee soccer pioneer Ms. Kari Young Dennis, a member of the US
World Cup team which played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in
Team USA 2017 warmly embraced Ms. Dennis as a fellow
Amputee soccer has been a co-ed sport since its very first
day and remains so world-wide.
Amp Soccer Names
Women's Program Coordinator
Yes, Amputee Soccer has been a co-ed sport since the very beginning.
Sarah Glowa, Coordinator, Women's Program Development. Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh.
But there's also a growing world-wide movement to develop competitive programs for women
Haiti recently hosted an introductory clinic which drew 22 prospective women's team members in that small island nation.
To meet the interests of women in the United States, American Amputee Soccer has named Ms. Sarah Glowa as National Coordinator of Woman's Program Development.
Ms. Glowa was a college soccer star - a four-year starter and Senior Captain at the State University of New York (SUNY), Oneonta. That team won its Conference Championship in 2013.
She was also a member of the SUNYAC All-Academic Team.
Sarah is currently a graduate student in prosthetics/orthotics program at Pitt, the University of Pittsburgh.
Sarah said "I have such a passion for the game of soccer. I grew up with a ball at my feet and loved every minute.
"Prosthetics is an amazing career field that gives me the opportunity to truly make a difference in someone's life.
"Amputee soccer, and women's amputee soccer, gives me the opportunity to merge both of those great passions."
Contact Sarah Glowa, Women's Program Coordinator
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Amp Soccer Kicks Rank with Professionals
Culiacan, Mexico - It was "obvious."
Top Shots, from left: Nico Calabria, USA;
Jonathan Mendoza, El Salvador; and Diego Pezoa, Argentina.
The myth was that because they play on only one leg, shots from
amputee soccer players had to be softer and
slower than those of "regular" players.
But those close to the game, especially goalkeepers, knew just
the opposite was true - that the body mechanics of the amputee
player yielded kicks that were as hard or harder than
traditionally configured players.
In the recent Culiacan World Cup the myth was put to the test -
and was thoroughly debunked. World Wide.
Now it's a documented fact. Amputee soccer players kicks rank
with the professionals'.
World Amputee Football Federation President Richard Hofmann
instituted a new "Power Shot" competition in Mexico to
test the myth.
Twenty-five of the best players from around the world kicked the
ball from the penalty spot during a break from World Cup
Each athlete took three shots. Each kick was measured by a
certified, calibrated radar gun provided by the Culiacan
Municipal Police. The results were averaged.
The results were shocking to some, expected by others. The
amateur, teen and 20-something amputee soccer players kicked the
ball 58-59 miles per hour.
According to several Internet sources the average professional
kicks the ball at 60 mph.
But the real heroes of the story are the goalkeepers. They have
to stop those professional grade shots with only one arm.
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