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2016 Delle Nazioni Tournament

Gradisca, Italy
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Referee to PNT: Greg Brigman Strives to Advance as Player and Official

Greg Brigman became a referee in 2009 to make some extra cash in college. He loved the game, and it seemed more fun than delivering pizzas. The referee job let Brigman stay involved in the sport he grew up with. Along the way, it gave him the opportunity to represent his country.

It was as a referee that Brigman discovered the Paralympic National Team. He has just wrapped up his second year with the team, a tenure that’s included trips to the 2016 Paralympics and this fall’s World Championships.

Brigman’s referee career led him to the PNT. Now it’s raising his game.

“Being a referee absolutely makes you a better player,” Brigman said. “You’re watching all the chess pieces move around. When I come to play, I feel like I’m always in the right place at the right time. You see all the moving pieces at once. As a referee, you have to grasp all those moving pieces, and account for everything.”

Brigman attributes his growth with the PNT to his background as a referee. Not only do referees need to know the Laws of the Game as second nature, they manage the game overall. They see the game differently, it’s critical to analyze information quickly to make the correct call on the fly. As a player, the blinders might be on towards the next objective, but as a referee, a holistic vision is necessary.

“With the PNT, you’re trying to find the next goal, next pass, next tackle,” Brigman said. “As a referee, it’s always managing the environment. You manage what needs to happen. Does this call need to happen? What do the laws say, what do other considerations say? And how does that impact what’s going on in this environment?”

His dedication to the craft has seen him rise through the referee ranks. While he worked high school games to start, he quickly rose to the prep sports pinnacle when he officiated a high school state championship game. He transitioned to ref for the Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA and now, just a few years later, has become a regular for professional USL and NWSL matches. Earlier this year, the highlight of his referee career came on the sideline for an international friendly between Atlas of Liga MX and USL’s North Carolina FC.

This month, he officiated at the Development Academy Winter Showcase, an invaluable opportunity to referee high-level youth games and receive feedback from some of the nations’ top referee coaches.

“I just want to keep advancing,” Brigman said. “Keep learning, keep being coachable and keep being around the elite referees in the U.S., learning from each one of them about their unique techniques.”

As Brigman advances as a referee, he’s also seen advancement on the pitch for the PNT. He saw the field at the World Championships, and last summer in Rio he almost knocked in a goal against global power Iran.

In the new year, Brigman hopes to advance in both of his on-field roles. He wants to keep his spot on the pro referee list and continue to grow. With the PNT, he has one goal in mind.  

“I still haven’t scored a goal for the PNT,” Brigman said. “I’ve come close, I’ve hit the post and I just really would like to punch that ticket and be a goal scorer for the U.S.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
0-4 L Gradisca, Italy
4-4 D 6-5 Gradisca, Italy Hilton, De la Fuente, Rivas, Segal
2-1 W Gradisca, Italy de la Fuente, Palomino
2-2 D Gradisca, Italy Arriaga, Rivas
1-2 L Gradisca, Italy Llanez

2016 Tournament Delle Nazioni

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
F 5-6 115 Santa Rosa, California Santa Rosa
D 5-10 135 Napa, Calif. Real Salt Lake
M 5-8 145 Eden, Utah Real Salt Lake
D 5-5 120 Lincoln Park, New Jersey Players Development Academy
GK 6-1 160 Southwest Ranches, Fla. Weston FC
F 5-7 130 Barcelona, Spain Barcelona (Spain)
D 5-3 115 Littleton, Colorado Colorado Rush
M Roseville, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC
D 5-3 125 Long Beach, California Unattached
F 5-3 110 Lynwood, California Chivas USA
F Coconut, Fla. Flamengo
D 5-7 136 Huntington Station, N.Y. New York City FC
M 5-5 130 Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo
M Wenonah, N.J. Philadelphia Union
GK 5-7 120 New York, New York New York Red Bulls
F 5-4 120 Weston, Florida Weston FC
F 5-7 125 Bethesda, Maryland Bethesda-Olney
D 5-11 119 Corona, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 5-8 145 Miami Beach, Florida Weston FC
M 5-9 159 Savannah, Ga. Unattached

2016 Tournament Delle Nazioni

Luis Arriaga

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
115

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Santa Rosa, California

Club:
Santa Rosa

Eduardo Blancas

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
135

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Napa, Calif.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Taylor Booth

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Eden, Utah

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Dominic De Almeida

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Weight:
120

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lincoln Park, New Jersey

Club:
Players Development Academy

Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Southwest Ranches, Fla.

Club:
Weston FC

Konrad de la Fuente

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
130

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Barcelona, Spain

Club:
Barcelona (Spain)

Luke Hansen

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-3

Weight:
115

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Littleton, Colorado

Club:
Colorado Rush

Roberto Hategan

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Roseville, Calif.

Club:
Sacramento Republic FC

John Hilton

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-3

Weight:
125

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Long Beach, California

Club:
Unattached

Ulysses Llanez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-3

Weight:
110

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lynwood, California

Club:
Chivas USA

Nicholas Mendonca

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Coconut, Fla.

Club:
Flamengo

Alexsi Morel

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Weight:
136

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Huntington Station, N.Y.

Club:
New York City FC

Marcelo Palomino

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Weight:
130

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

Club:
Houston Dynamo

Michael Pellegrino

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Wenonah, N.J.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Alex Rando

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-7

Weight:
120

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
New York, New York

Club:
New York Red Bulls

Jose Rivas

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-4

Weight:
120

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Weston, Florida

Club:
Weston FC

Gabriel Segal

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
125

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Bethesda, Maryland

Club:
Bethesda-Olney

Leonardo Sepulveda

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
119

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Corona, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Sebastian Serpa

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Miami Beach, Florida

Club:
Weston FC

Indiana Vassilev

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
159

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Savannah, Ga.

Club:
Unattached

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Slovenia
3
2 0 1 6 3 3 7
Croatia
3 1 1 1 4 5 -1
4
USA
3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
Brazil
3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 1

USA Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 25 USA vs. Croatia
1-2 L
Vipolze; Slovakia
April 26
Slovenia vs. USA
2-2 D
Bilje; Slovakia
April 27
Brazil vs. USA
1-2 W
Vova Gorica; Slovkia




2016 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni Statistics


Record: 0-1-1

Player

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Luis Arriaga 2 2 105 1 1 3 0/0
Eduardo Blancas 2 1 92 0 0 0 0/0
Taylor Booth 2 2 134 0 0 0 0/0
Dominic De Almeida 1 0 35 0 0 0 0/0
Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen 1 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Konrad De la Fuente 2 1 85 0 0 0 0/0
Luke Hansen 2 2 140 0 0 0 0/0
Roberto Hategan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
John Hilton 2 2 140 0 0 0 0/0
Ulysses Llanez 2 1 54 1 0 2 0/0
Nicholas Mendonca 1 0 15 0 0 0 0/0
Alexsi Morel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Marcelo Palomino 2 2 121 0 2 2 0/0
Michael Pellegrino 2 1 83 0 0 0 0/0
Alex Rando 1 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Jose Rivas 2 1 57 1 0 2 0/0
Gabe Segal 2 1 74 0 0 0 0/0
Leonardo Sepulveda 2 2 102 0 0 0 1/1
Sebastian Serpa 1 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
















Own Goal


Totals

2/2 2/2 140 3 3 9 1/1

Opponent Totals

2/2 2/2 140 4 0 8 2/0

2016 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen 1 1 70 1 2 0 2.00 0-1-0
Alex Rando 1 1 70 2 2 0 2.00 0-0-1









Totals

2 2 140 3 4 0 2.00 0-1-1

Opponent Totals

2 2 140 4 3 0 1.50 1-0-1

Updated through April 27, 2016

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