CHICAGO (Jan. 28, 2019)—The U.S. Para-7-a-Side National Team will come together for its first training camp of 2019 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. The domestic camp will serve as important preparation as the PNT begins a busy year of programming. It will compete in two major international competitions- July’s IFCPF World Cup in Sevilla, Spain and August’s ParaPan American Games in Lima, Peru.
U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp has called 19 players to Florida to start 2019.
“With many of the senior players unavailable due to school and work commitments, this is an opportunity to look at some new players and to provide some of the youth squad a chance to prove that they are ready to step up a level,” Sharp said. “It’s an important year ahead with two major competitions, which will present us with some unique challenges, but as always, we will prepare and be ready as a group.”
U.S. Para-7-a-Side National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Javier Alvarez (Stafford, Va.), Marc Estrella (Bakersfield, Calif.), Brenden Johnson (San Antonio, Texas), Marthell Vasquez (Fullerton, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Josh Brunais (Stafford, Va.), Jacob Crumbley (Fortson, Ga.), David Garza (San Diego, Calif.), Samuel Holmes (Des Moines, Ia.), Jordan Weise (Gainesville, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Andrew Bremer (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Gavin Kohner (Peoria, Ariz.), Danteg Longo (Chula Vista, Calif.), Nicholas Mayhugh (Manassas, Va.), Vairon Ocampo (Summerville, S.C.), Michael Ruiz (Gilroy, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Shea Hammond (Upper Montclaire, N.J.), Seth Jahn (Lakeland, Fla.), John Sullivan (Tucson, Ariz.)
Thirteen months after Sharp held the team’s first-ever Development and Identification Camp for younger PNT prospects age 13-23, five of those players will be in camp in Florida to kick off 2019 with the full team.
It’s the first event for the PNT since its third-place finish at last fall’s IFCPF Copa America in Quito, Ecuador and 10 players return from that tournament roster. After finishing a close second in its group, the USA fell to world No. 2 Brazil in the semifinal before rallying to defeat Colombia 3-0 in the third-place game.