U.S. Futsal National Team Calls In 19 Players For First Camp Of 2023 In OhioRoster Includes 15 Players From U.S. Team That Won the 2022 Umag Nations Cup in Croatia
CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2023) – U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Dusan Jakica has called in 19 players for the first training camp of the year, which will take place from February 22-26 in Hamilton, Ohio.
The roster includes 15 players who were on the USA team that won the 2022 Umag Nations Cup in Croatia last October - which included wins over Czech Republic U21s (5-3), Slovenia U21s (5-2) and France U23s (5-3).
A year after returning to the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the first time since 2008, the Futsal NT went undefeated in 2022. In addition to the Umag Nations Cup sweep, the USA went 2-0-1 in friendlies, with a win and draw against Montenegro’s full team and another win over the Czech Republic U-21 squad.
U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER (HOMETOWN)
* = Umag Nations Cup winner; ^ = Not Capped
GOALKEEPERS (3): *Robert Damron (Northville, Mich.), *Diego Moretti (Ancona, Italy), *Christopher Moura (Rumford, R.I.)
FIXOS (5): *Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), *Diego Burato (Dallas, Texas), Eduardo Buenfil (San Jose, Calif.), *Erik Macias (Mesquite, Texas), *Klisman Sousa (New Bedford, Mass.)
ALA (8): *William Eskay (St. Louis, Mo.), *Luciano Gonzalez (Mendoza, Argentina), *Ado Jahic (St. Louis, Mo.), ^Peri Marosevic (Chicago, Ill.), *Sebastian Mendez (Dallas, Texas), *David Ortiz (McKinney, Texas), ^Enzo Passantino (Orlando, Fla.), *Alencar Ventura-Junior (Tewksbury, Mass.)
PIVO (3): *Raphael Araujo (Bound Brook, N.J.), *Zach Reget (Kenosha, Wisc.), ^Kevin Rufo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
ROSTER AND OPPONENT NOTES:
- Diego Burato was voted 2022 U.S. Soccer Futsal Player of the Year.
- 2021 FIFA World Cup veterans: Moretti, Damron, Araujo, Buenfil, Gonzalez, Reget, Ortiz, Ventura-Junior.
- Debuted at 2022 Umag Nations Cup: Moura, Arboleda, Macias, Sousa, Eskay, Jahic, Mendez.
- Burato, Moretti and Gonzalez have all played futsal professionally in Italy. Gonzalez is currently playing for Recanati Calcio 5 (Serie B) while fellow Argentinian-American Kevin Rufo plays for Banfield in Buenos Aires.
- Marosevic was on the U.S. U-20 Men’s Youth National Team at the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and played professionally with FC Dallas and Toronto FC.