CHICAGO (March 13, 2015) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp will bring a 14-player roster to Footie 7 – Povoa 2015 from March 20-28 in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.
The U.S. PNT opens against the Netherlands on Monday, March 23, followed by Ukraine (March 25), Argentina (March 26) and Portugal (March 27). The five-team tournament will serve as preparation toward the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships in June.
“This pre-World Championship competition will provide a stern test for the U.S. PNT due to the high level of opponents who are the attending event,” Sharp said. “We will be using this competition to allow some new players to be Classified and for the others to stake their claims to be included in the squad for the World Championships. If we are truly to become a major competitive force on the world stage, we need to test ourselves against the best. This will be the perfect opportunity to do so.”
On Wednesday, the draw took place for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships in England. The USA was drawn Group C with Brazil, Scotland and Venezuela, and the tournament takes place from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.
“It was a great honor to be representing the USA at the World Championship draw and touring the excellent competition venue at St Georges Park in England,” Sharp said. “The draw has thrown up some interesting and challenging fixtures, especially with the U.S. being placed in a group with the current Americas Cup gold medalist Brazil, and also with a Scottish team that has in the past always come out on top in matches against the U.S. during major championships. That said, we are confident and looking forward getting back on the international stage to demonstrate what the U.S. PNT can do against the best teams in the world.”
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (2): Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Jarrett Razon (Niceville, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), Jordan Weise (Jacksonville, Fla.)
FORWARDS (2): Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.)