CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team is traveling to Canada for the 2014 America Cup, which runs Sept. 19-26 at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp named a 14-player roster for this event as the team flies into Toronto today.
“It’s exciting after six months of focused preparation to be finally taking the USPNT into a major championship,” Sharp said. “It’s going to be a tough group to get out of with the world’s on-form side Brazil, and the unpredictable but talented Mexico side in there with us, but we are confident we can get the results that matter and move on to the next stage of the competition.”
The USA will open against Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 20, and then face Brazil on Monday, Sept. 22, in Group B play. Group A includes host side Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.
Following the group stage, the group winners will face the opposite group runner-up in the semifinals on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event concludes with three placement games on Friday, Sept. 26 – a fifth-place game, consolation final (third-place game) and the final.
All 14 players were part of Sharp’s domestic training camp in mid-August in Chula Vista, California. Earlier this year, the PNT took second place at the ninth International Trophy of 7-A-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain.
“There have been a lot of changes to the squad, both in players and philosophy, in the past few months,” Sharp said. “However, the settling process, although short, has been successful and we are now ready to challenge ourselves against the best the Americas Region has to offer. It is an absolute privilege to be leading the squad as its head coach into this competition and I am confident that the players who will be wearing the U.S. jersey will give everything possible to do their nation proud.”
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shea Cassidy (Buena Park, Calif.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2): Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.)
Players who have Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury yet are ambulatory may be eligible to play for the U.S. Paralympic National Team. Interested players should contact U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp (email@example.com) or team manager Pam Perkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).