Beach Soccer Team to Participate in 2011 Miami Cup
CHICACO (April 21, 2011) -- The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will participate in the 2011 Miami Cup from April 29 – May 1 in Miami, Fla. U.S. head coach Eddie Soto will travel with 10 players to the event. Soto’s team will play CONCACAF Champion Mexico on April 29, reigning world champion Brazil on April 30 and Spain on May 1.
Soto returns only two players from the U.S. team that finished the 2010 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in third place, narrowly missing a place in the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will be played from Sept. 1-11 in Italy. Those two players – Francis Faberoff and Oscar Gil – will lead a relatively young side, whose average age is just 25 years old.
U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brian Rowe (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sergio Valle (BA Ambassadors / NPSL;
Union City, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Cummings (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Francis Farberoff (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg BS Club; Miami, Fla.), Rafael Garia (CSUN; Canoga Park, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Victor Chavez (UCLA; Riverside, Calif.), Oscar Gil (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Fernando Monge, Jr. (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
National Team Staff
Head Coach: Eddie Soto (Seal Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: German Laverde (Long Beach, Calif.)
Team Coordinator: David Gálvez, Sr. (Tracy, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Henrique Catala (Miami, Fla.)