CHICAGO (July 13, 2018) – U.S. Para 7-a-side National Team head coach Stuart Sharp called in 20 players for the 2018 Par 7-a-side Invitational, which will take place July 19-21 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
The tournament marks the first chance for the U.S. to play international matches since the IFCPF (International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football) adjusted the player eligibility rules for the sport of Para 7-a-side Football. The changes in the rules, which were first officially communicated in January 2018, will notably change the make-up of the U.S. roster, which had helped the team rise to fourth in the IFCPF world rankings
The U.S. Paralympic National Team will open the tournament on July 19 against Australia and will have a rest day before facing Canada on July 21.
Sharp will use the event as preparation for the 2018 IFCPF Copa America, which takes place Oct. 12-21 in Natal, Brazil. It also marks the first time the Para team has hosted multiple international teams for an event in the United States.
Fans and spectators are welcome to attend the matches at the CVEATC facility and can access the games through the main facility entrance at 2800 Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista, Calif. Additional information on the U.S. Paralympic National Team and their tournament preparation is available on Twitter @ussoccer_pnt.
U.S. Para 7-a-side National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Carter Alvey (Mount Washington, Ky.), Sean Boyle (Minneapolis, Minn.), Marc Estrella (Bakersfield, Calif.), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Andrew Bremer (Clemson, S.C.), Greg Brigman (Harrisburg, N.C.), Joshua Brunais (Stafford, Va.), Jacob Crumbley (Fortson, Ga.), David Garza (San Diego, Calif.), Jacob Kaplan (Morganville, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Steven Bohlemann (Weston, Fla.), Samuel Holmes (Des Moines, Iowa), Benjamin Lindau (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Kevin McCandlish (Chesapeake, Va.), Nicholas Price (Charleston, S.C.)
FORWARDS (3): Cameron DeLillo (Blandon, Pa.), Shea Hammond (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Nicholas Mayhugh (Radford, Va.), John Sullivan (Tucson, Ariz.)
2018 Para 7-a-side Invitational
Date Match Time (PT)
July 19 USA vs. Australia 5 p.m.
July 20 Australia vs. Canada 5 p.m.
July 21 USA vs. Canada 5 p.m.