CHICAGO (Aug. 11, 2014) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named his 12-player roster for the Beach Soccer Challenge against top-ranked Brazil on Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. ET at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The U.S. will also convene for a three-day training camp from Aug. 12-15.
The event will mark the first nationally-televised beach soccer event to be held in the United States. The match will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 7-8 p.m. ET. Following the initial telecast, there will be a rebroadcast of the match on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-3 p.m. ET. The match will also be televised on FOX Sports in Brazil on Friday, Sept. 12, from 8-9 p.m. BRT.
A unique transformation will turn the Seminole Paradise parking lot into a beach soccer stadium able to accommodate an audience of nearly 1,000 fans. A pre-game party will take place starting at 6 p.m. featuring live entertainment, food and drinks. The event is free to the general public. Seating in the stadium is based on availability.
The U.S. last competed July 25-27 in the Mundialito in Portugal, where it finished in fourth place and dropped all three games in which it played. The U.S. last played Brazil in May in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in the opener of the Riviera Maya Cup that Brazil won 11-1.
The current roster is comprised mostly of players from California, as 10 of 12 players hail from the state. The remaining two are from Miami, Florida. There are 11 clubs represented. The San Diego Sockers have two representatives as the only club with more than one.
The youngest player on the roster is Oscar Reyes at 24 years old. Giovanni Garcia is the elder statesman of the group at 37.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aldo Balsano (Florida Beach Soccer; Miami, Fla.), Chris Toth (San Diego Sockers; Fallbrook, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (4): Giovanni Garcia (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Oscar Reyes (Rakoczi FC; Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (California Davis; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Tomas Canale (UC San Diego; Venice Beach, Calif.), Taylor Canel (FC Hasental; Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Andrew Feld (University of San Diego; Carlsbad, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Alfonso Motagalvan (Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Nick Perera (San Diego Sockers; San Diego, Calif.)