U.S. Paralympic Team Convenes for February Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.
CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2012) – The U.S. Paralympic Soccer team convened today for a week-long training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The team will be in Chula Vista, Calif., from today until Feb. 26.
Head coach Jay Hoffman selected 15 players for the February camp, including midfielder Josh McKinney, who scored five goals for the U.S. in the 2011 CPIRSA 7-a-side World Championship in the Netherlands.
The U.S. Paralympic National Team qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London by virtue of finishing in the top seven at that tournament.
Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side on a smaller field and 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.
To be eligible for Paralympic soccer, athletes must be ambulatory and have a diagnosis of non-progressive brain damage that is associated with motor control dysfunction such as Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury or stroke. More information about eligibility and the classification of athletes is available at the CPISRA website.
Player Pos. Birth Date Hometown
Ahrens, Chris (7) D Jan 31, 1984 Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Bennett, Tyler (7) M June 27, 1992 Wadsworth, Ohio
Blue, Josh (6) F Nov. 26, 1978 Denver, Colo.
Brown, Dylan (6) F May 15, 1992 Clovis, Calif.
Boarman, Bryce (7) D Sept. 29, 1990 Colorado Springs, Colo.
Creasey, Nick (7) M Jan. 9, 1991 Richmond, Va.
Hilaire, James (7) F/GK Dec. 30, 1983 Samford, Conn.
Howard, Charlie (7) F June 16, 1995 Washington, D.C.
Johnson, Keith (7) GK July 2, 1980 Houston, Texas
Latsch, Tommy (7) M Jan. 7, 1985 Euclid, Ohio
Matsey, Sean (7) D April 26, 1989 Pittsburgh, Pa.
McKinney, Josh (7) M Jan. 18, 1979 Cary, N.C.
Morales, Moises (7) M Aug. 27, 1993 San Diego, Calif.
Sibayan, Gavin (6 or7) D Jan. 3, 1981 Colorado Springs, Colo.
Wade, Jerreme (7) M Nov. 14, 1990 Chesapeake, Va.
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman Virginia Beach, Va.
Assistant Coach: Dave Dengerink Houston, Texas
Trainer: Natalie Akula Boston, Mass.
Team Manager: Dana Schoenwetter San Diego, Calif.
Equipmentt Manager: Chuck LeGrant Danville, Ill.