Final USA - Haiti  Irvine Match Schedule Set

The final schedule for the series of USA - Haiti national amputee soccer team matches has been released by the Orange County Soccer Club and American Amputee Soccer. See you there!

Haiti to Play an Exhibition v. the US Air Force

July 26, 2017 - On its way to play the US in a three match tournament this weekend, Team Haiti will stop off in Tucson, AZ to play an exhibition match against the United States Air Force - the 79th Rescue Squadron from the Davis Monthan Airbase.

That team will be led by Capt. Christy Wise, the first female pilot to return to active flight duty after losing a leg. Capt. Wise was injured in a boating accident after returning home from deployment in Afghanistan.

The match will be played at the Golflinks soccer field in Tucson, just outside the Davis Monthan Air Base at 4:30 pm local time on Wednesday, July 26, 2017,

At left, Capt. Christy Wise

Team USA Honored At Houston-Dallas MLS Match

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.

Congressional Recognition
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 Photography.

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.

Rookie Goalkeeper Alvenso Honore, of Boston, MA, scored the Bronze Medal shut-out in his very first international competition.
Nico Calabria, heading the ball, Cambridge, MA, led all US scorers with five in the three match set.

Photos on this page © Carl Calabria.

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USA's Hofmann Re-Elected
World Federation President

Rick Hofmann, President of the American Amputee Soccer Association, has been re-elected President of the World Amputee Football (Soccer) Federation (WAFF). The election was held during the recent WAFF Congress of Members in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Amputee soccer is now played in 55 countries around the world.

Also elected to leadership positions were Dr. Jan Gauna, Mexico, as 1st VP; and Mateusz Widlak, Poland, as 2nd VP. The Federation Secretary General and Chief Referee will be up for election in 2018.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Myth Busted!
Amp Soccer Kicks Rank with Professionals

Top Shots, from left: Nico Calabria, USA; Jonathan Mendoza, El Salvador; and Diego Pezoa, Argentina.

Culiacan, Mexico - It was "obvious."

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 competition.

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.

Myth busted.

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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