COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Tuesday, August 20, 2002) - Thirteen athletes have been named to the U.S. Paralympics Soccer Team that will compete Sept. 19-29 in the Pan Am Soccer Tournament in Santiago, Chile. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic berth to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Athletes were selected following a training camp Aug. 10-18 in Colorado Springs. The coaching staff chose athletes based on their fitness, technical abilities, skills and knowledge of the game.
Head coach Rick Moss (Austin, Texas) said he was pleased with the pool of players he had to choose from for the competition's roster. "They're very knowledgeable about the game," he said. "Most of these guys play soccer in their local communities. We have a good mix of experienced players along with some young talent."
Paralympic soccer is contested by athletes with cerebral palsy or brain injuries or who have suffered a stroke. It is played on smaller fields with smaller goals than non-disabled soccer. Each team plays with seven men using the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules which have been slightly modified to accommodate the disabilities of the athletes.
U.S. Paralympics is a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is dedicated to become the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of all persons with disabilities.
U.S. Paralympics Pan Am Soccer Team
Adolfo Aguilar (Dallas, Texas)
Jay Aprea (Norwell, Mass.)
Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.)
Geoff Glass (Chesapeake, Va.)
Tim Kristner (South Bend, Ill.)
Jon McCullough (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Josh McKinney (Princeton, W. Va.)
Aaron Myers (Flagstaff, Ariz.)
Mike Peters (Seattle, Wash.)
John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.)
George Sansonetis (Fraser, Colo.)
Eli Wolff (Boston, Mass.)
Dave Woosnam (Dunwoody, Ga.)