CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2017) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp has called 12 players to a year-end domestic training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Sharp has also called 20 players to the PNT’s first identification and development camp, aiming to grow the sport and groom the next generation of PNT players.
Three players have recently been nominated for U.S. Soccer Disabled Player of the Year: goalkeeper Sean Boyle, defender Andrew Bremer and midfielder Kevin Hensley. Hensley won the award in 2015, while teammate Adam Ballou took home the hardware last year.
The USA is fresh off its best performance at a major international competition in the sport’s modern era, a fifth-place finish at the 2017 IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. Nine players are returning to camp from the team’s run in South America.
Paralympic National Team Roster by Position (Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Sean Boyle (Bentonville, Ark.), Marc Estrella (Bakersfield, Calif.), Brendan Johnson (San Antonio, Texas), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Sprins, Colo.), Andrew Bremer (Clemson, S.C.), Joshua Brunais (Stafford, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (2): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
FORWARDS (2): Cameron DeLillo (Blandon, Pa.), Nicholas Mayhugh (Radford, Va.)
The red, white and blue traveled to Argentina ranked No. 6 in the world, the team’s highest-ever standing. While there, the PNT proved they belong at the highest level of international competition. The USA’s run was highlighted by several memorable moments including a comeback win to take down No. 2 Brazil in its first classification match and a stunning come-from-behind victory over No. 5 Ireland in the fifth-place match. Against the Irish, the PNT scored the game-tying goal in the final minute and the game-winner in stoppage time.
As the senior PNT continues to push the boundaries of the program forward, the first-ever development and identification roster serves to ensure the team’s future. Sharp has called 20 of the nation’s most-promising Paralympic prospects to Chula Vista to introduce them to the program and begin their development into world-class players. The roster includes players ranging from 13 to 23 years old.
Development and Identification Team Roster by Position (Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carter Alvey (Mount Washington, Ky.), Gerardo Salamanca (Chicago, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (4): Diego Andaluz (Kirkland, Wash.), Jacob Crumbley (Fortson, Ga.), Gabriel Hull (League City, Texas), Zachary Miller (Mammouth Lake, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Miles Berg (St. Augustine, Fla.), Kevin Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio), Austin Hamilton (Dayton, Ohio), Samuel Holmes (Des Moines, Iowa), Timothy Jenkins (Carol Stream, Ill.), Kevin McCandlish (Chesapeake, Va.), Nick Price (Charleston, S.C.), John Sullivan (Tucson, Ariz.), Jeffrey Voyles (Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Thomas Erskine (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Shea Hammond (Upper Montclaire, N.J.), Gavin Kohner (Peoria, Ariz.), Sean Moffitt (North Brunswick, N.J.), Cameron Rogers (Troutdale, Ore.)