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U.S. Futsal Training Camp Begins This Week in Preparation for 2000 CONCACAF Championship


CHICAGO (Wednesday, July 12, 2000) - U.S. National Futsal Team head coach Keith Tozer has called in 19 players for training camp this week (July 12-18) at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in preparation for the 2000 CONCACAF Futsal Championship that will be held at the Palacio de los Deportes in Heredia, Costa Rica from July 20-29.

The training camp roster is composed of players from two outdoor (A-League, MLS) and two indoor leagues (NPSL, WISL) and will eventually be cut down by Tozer to 12 players that will compete at the CONCACAF tournament in Costa Rica.

"We have a strong pool of players competing in MLS, A-League, NPSL and WISL," said Tozer. "With that type of mix, we feel we should be one of the top futsal teams in the world."

The roster is led by the experienced backline composed of defenders Sean Bowers (Detroit Rocker - NPSL), Ted Eck (Dallas Burn - MLS) and Wes Wade (Kansas City Attack - NPSL), and goalkeepers Victor Nogueira (Milwaukee Wave - NPSL) and Otto Orf (Cleveland Crunch - NPSL).

Bowers and Eck both have 16 international appearances, while Wade has eight caps for the U.S. Futsal Team.

Nogueria, who was named the best keeper of the last two FIFA World Championships (1992, 1996), leads all netminders with 14 caps, while Orf, who earned best keeper honors at the 1996 CONCACAF Championship, has five appearances for the USA.

The offense will be sparked by Ted Eck with his nine international goals that rank him second on the all-time scoring list. Wes Wade is second on the squad with eight tallies.

The USA, which are ranked third in the futsal world rankings, earned the top seed in Group B of the CONCACAF Championship after capturing the gold medal at the 1996 tournament in Guatemala City. Group A has Cuba, Nicaragua, Surinam and host Costa Rica.

The U.S. will meet Puerto Rico (July 21), Netherlands Antilles (July 23) and Mexico (July 25) in first round competition.

The top two teams from Group A & B will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, July 27. The two semifinals winners will not only play for the championship on Saturday, July 29, but both teams will earn the final two berths for the Fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship in Guatemala (Nov. 18 - Dec. 3).

"We all knew that defending our championship was going to be very tough," said Tozer. "All the countries involved in this upcoming qualifier have been working extremely hard for the past two years preparing. The team and I look forward to defending and securing a berth in this year's world championship."

The Americans, who are looking to advance to the world championship for a fourth consecutive time, won the bronze medal at the 1989 FIFA competition in Holland and then took the silver in 1992 in Hong Kong.

United States National Futsal Team
July 12 - 18, 2000 - Training Camp - Milwaukee, Wis.
July 19-30, 2000 - CONCACAF Championship - Heredia, Costa Rica
NamePos.Ht.Wt.BirthdateCaps/GHometownClub
Bader, DewanD5'10"1604/08/710/0Farmington Hills, Mich.Buffalo Blizzards (NPSL)
Basso, CarlosF5'9"1698/04/630/0San Diego, Calif.U.S. Futsal
Bowers, SeanD6'2"1858/12/6816/2San Diego, Calif.Detroit Rockers (NPSL)
Brown, RickyF5'4"1273/23/800/0Laplata, Md.U.S. Futsal
Carbonara, GlennD5'11"1889/17/667/3Vineland, N.J.Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)
Davis, JeffD5'9"1654/11/710/0St. Charles, MissouriSt. Louis Steamers (WISL)
Draguicevich, OscarF6'1"1908/19/692/0Pfugerville, TexasCleveland Crunch (NPSL)
Dusosky, ToddF6'0"2005/12/765/1Hales Corner, Wis.Milw. Rampage/Wave (A-League/NPSL)
Eck, TedD6'1"1857/14/6616/9Springfield, Ill.Dallas Burn (MLS)
Finnerty, BryanGK6'1"1907/28/670/0San Juan Capistrano, Calif.Detroit Rocker (NPSL)
Gyau, PhilipF6'0"1782/07/660/0Silver Spring, Md.USA Beach Soccer
Lilavois, BernieF5'10"1608/31/700/0Buena Park, Calif.Connecticut Wolves (A-League)
Loftin, BrianF5'10"1754/04/727/1Kansas City, MissouriMilw. Rampage/Wave (A-League/NPSL)
Nogueira, VictorGK6'1"1857/17/5914/0Milwaukee, Wis.Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)
Orf, OttoGK6'2"19011/04/635/0Elma, N.Y.Cleveland Crunch (NPSL)
Timbers, JoshD5'9"1655/27/740/0Morganton, N.C.Milwaukee Wave (A-League)
Tirschman, MattF5'10"1808/08/750/0Baltimore, Md.Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)
Tschantret, LeeF5'8"1604/10/695/2New York, N.Y.Detroit Rockers (NPSL)
Wade, WesD6'0"1742/18/688/8San Diego, Calif.Kansas City Attack (NPSL)

Team Delegation
Head of DelegationAlex ParaHercules, Calif.
General ManagerBrian FlemingLake Mary, Fla.
Head CoachKeith TozerMilwaukee, Wis.
Assistant CoachVilmar MarquesSan Francisco, Calif.
DoctorDr. Jonathan TickerBrookville, N.Y.
TrainerJordan HamsonChicago
National Team CoordinatorKristin LettiereChicago
Press OfficerSteve TorresChicago

2000 CONCACAF Futsal Championship
Palacio de los Deportes (Heredia, Costa Rica)

(July 20-29, 2000)
Group ACosta Rica (host), Cuba, Nicaragua, Surinam
Group BUnited States, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico

Competition Schedule
DateMatchTime (MT)
July 20Cuba vs. Surinam7 p.m.
July 20Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua8:30 p.m.
July 21Mexico vs. Netherlands Antilles7 p.m.
July 21USA vs. Puerto Rico8:30 p.m.
July 22Cuba vs. Nicaragua7 p.m.
July 22Costa Rica vs. Surinam8:30 p.m.
July 23Mexico vs. Puerto Rico7 p.m.
July 23USA vs. Netherlands Antilles8:30 p.m.
July 24Nicaragua vs. Surinam7 p.m.
July 24Costa Rica vs. Cuba8:30 p.m.
July 25Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands Antilles7 p.m.
July 25USA vs. Mexico8:30 p.m.
Semifinals
July 27Winner of Group B vs. Second of Group A*7 p.m.
July 27Winner of Group A vs. Second of Group B*8:30 p.m.
Third Place/Championship
July 29Third Place Match7 p.m.
July 29Championship*8:30 p.m.
* Both finalists (semifinal winners) advance to 2000 FIFA World Championship.

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