All Systems Go for USA InvitationalThe US NAtional Amputee Soccer Team (USANST) is putting the final touches on preparation for the first US Invitational Amputee Soccer tournament scheduled for 8 - 9 August at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyd's, Maryland.
Teams accepting invitations to the tournament include Haiti, Ghana, and three-time African Continental Champion Liberia.
The tournament will be the first test for the US Team since its World Cup appearance in Culiacan Mexico in December.
Preliminary rounds will be played on the open fields at the Soccerplex. The Consolation and Championship matches will be played in the facility's stadium Sunday morning, August 8.
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. USA flag courtesy Metropolitan Flag & Banner, Philadelphia, PA.
Of a roster of 12, the team included five players who had never kicked a ball in international competition before - never mind in a World Cup.
Those five included both rookie goal keepers, a 15-year-old that needed special permission from the sport's governing body to be allowed to play and two other field players who had never before played in international competition. 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.
But 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 fallr.
Congratulations gentlemen. Well done. More to come.
Top Shots, from left: Nico Calabria, USA; Jonathan Mendoza, El Salvador; and Diego Pezoa, Argentina.
Photos on this page © Carl Calabria.
Top World Cup Honors
Keith Mann, left, Plainfield, NJ, was voted TEAM USA's Most Valuiable Player for his outstanding defensive play. Nico Calabria, Cambridge, MA, was high scorer with 7.
The AASA Board of Directors has confirmed Dr. Eric Lamberg, left and Ignacio Medrano as Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively, for the next two years.
Carl Calabria, of Concord, MA, has been elected Vice President of the American Amputee Soccer Association.
Carl has been a member of the AASA Board since 2011. He's been instrumental in the organization's progress and in the development of the US National Amputee Soccer Team.
Six-time World Cup Veteran Dan Broome, of Yorba Linda, CA, has been named tp the AASA Board of Directors.
Dan assumes the office and duties of Association Secretary.
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