U.S. Futsal Training Camp Begins This Week in Preparation for 2000 CONCACAF Championship
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
|Bader, Dewan||D||5'10"||160||4/08/71||0/0||Farmington Hills, Mich.||Buffalo Blizzards (NPSL)|
|Basso, Carlos||F||5'9"||169||8/04/63||0/0||San Diego, Calif.||U.S. Futsal|
|Bowers, Sean||D||6'2"||185||8/12/68||16/2||San Diego, Calif.||Detroit Rockers (NPSL)|
|Brown, Ricky||F||5'4"||127||3/23/80||0/0||Laplata, Md.||U.S. Futsal|
|Carbonara, Glenn||D||5'11"||188||9/17/66||7/3||Vineland, N.J.||Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)|
|Davis, Jeff||D||5'9"||165||4/11/71||0/0||St. Charles, Missouri||St. Louis Steamers (WISL)|
|Draguicevich, Oscar||F||6'1"||190||8/19/69||2/0||Pfugerville, Texas||Cleveland Crunch (NPSL)|
|Dusosky, Todd||F||6'0"||200||5/12/76||5/1||Hales Corner, Wis.||Milw. Rampage/Wave (A-League/NPSL)|
|Eck, Ted||D||6'1"||185||7/14/66||16/9||Springfield, Ill.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Finnerty, Bryan||GK||6'1"||190||7/28/67||0/0||San Juan Capistrano, Calif.||Detroit Rocker (NPSL)|
|Gyau, Philip||F||6'0"||178||2/07/66||0/0||Silver Spring, Md.||USA Beach Soccer|
|Lilavois, Bernie||F||5'10"||160||8/31/70||0/0||Buena Park, Calif.||Connecticut Wolves (A-League)|
|Loftin, Brian||F||5'10"||175||4/04/72||7/1||Kansas City, Missouri||Milw. Rampage/Wave (A-League/NPSL)|
|Nogueira, Victor||GK||6'1"||185||7/17/59||14/0||Milwaukee, Wis.||Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)|
|Orf, Otto||GK||6'2"||190||11/04/63||5/0||Elma, N.Y.||Cleveland Crunch (NPSL)|
|Timbers, Josh||D||5'9"||165||5/27/74||0/0||Morganton, N.C.||Milwaukee Wave (A-League)|
|Tirschman, Matt||F||5'10"||180||8/08/75||0/0||Baltimore, Md.||Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)|
|Tschantret, Lee||F||5'8"||160||4/10/69||5/2||New York, N.Y.||Detroit Rockers (NPSL)|
|Wade, Wes||D||6'0"||174||2/18/68||8/8||San Diego, Calif.||Kansas City Attack (NPSL)|
|Head of Delegation||Alex Para||Hercules, Calif.|
|General Manager||Brian Fleming||Lake Mary, Fla.|
|Head Coach||Keith Tozer||Milwaukee, Wis.|
|Assistant Coach||Vilmar Marques||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Doctor||Dr. Jonathan Ticker||Brookville, N.Y.|
|National Team Coordinator||Kristin Lettiere||Chicago|
|Press Officer||Steve Torres||Chicago|
|2000 CONCACAF Futsal Championship|
Palacio de los Deportes (Heredia, Costa Rica)
(July 20-29, 2000)
|Group A||Costa Rica (host), Cuba, Nicaragua, Surinam|
|Group B||United States, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico|
|July 20||Cuba vs. Surinam||7 p.m.|
|July 20||Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua||8:30 p.m.|
|July 21||Mexico vs. Netherlands Antilles||7 p.m.|
|July 21||USA vs. Puerto Rico||8:30 p.m.|
|July 22||Cuba vs. Nicaragua||7 p.m.|
|July 22||Costa Rica vs. Surinam||8:30 p.m.|
|July 23||Mexico vs. Puerto Rico||7 p.m.|
|July 23||USA vs. Netherlands Antilles||8:30 p.m.|
|July 24||Nicaragua vs. Surinam||7 p.m.|
|July 24||Costa Rica vs. Cuba||8:30 p.m.|
|July 25||Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands Antilles||7 p.m.|
|July 25||USA vs. Mexico||8:30 p.m.|
|July 27||Winner of Group B vs. Second of Group A*||7 p.m.|
|July 27||Winner of Group A vs. Second of Group B*||8:30 p.m.|
|July 29||Third Place Match||7 p.m.|
|July 29||Championship*||8:30 p.m.|
|* Both finalists (semifinal winners) advance to 2000 FIFA World Championship.|