RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (June 11, 2014) - The U.S. Power Soccer National Team won the inaugural COPA Americas National Team Competition May 2-4 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beating Canada 6-0 in the championship game.
The team’s roster consisted of six players, including Ben Carpenter, Lexi Heer, Ed McGuire, Kevin Mulholland, J.C. Russo and Natalie Russo. Mike Hayes serves as head coach.
With the tournament victory, the U.S. qualified for the 2015 FIPFA Power Soccer World Cup. The U.S. is looking for its third straight World Cup title, having won in 2007 in Tokyo and 2011 in Paris.
Team USA went undefeated in the tournament, outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 52-2 in dominating fashion.
The Americans won three games on Friday and two on Saturday in the group stage, before beating Brazil 9-0 in the semifinal match Sunday Morning and recording yet another shutout against Canada in the championship.
For detailed game stories, visit PowerSoccerTeamUSA.net.
Power soccer is played in power wheel chairs with a metal guard around the feet of the participants. Players use the guard to pass, shoot and control the ball. The game is played on a gym floor and includes many of the elements of traditional soccer, including goal kicks and corner kicks. There are four players per team on the court at a time, with three field players and a goalie.