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USA Announces Roster for FIFA Futsal World Cup
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 01:00

U.S. Futsal National Team head Coach Keith Tozer has named a squad of 14 players for the upcoming FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, and kicks off its campaign on Sept. 30 against Paraguay. The U.S. also faces Italy on Oct. 2 and Thailand on Oct. 4, before rounding out group play on Oct. 6 against Portugal.


CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2008) - U.S. Futsal National Team head Coach Keith Tozer has named a squad of 14 players for the upcoming FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, and kicks off its campaign on Sept. 30 against Paraguay. The U.S. also faces Italy on Oct. 2 and Thailand on Oct. 4, before rounding out group play on Oct. 6 against Portugal.

Of the 14 players named to the FIFA World Cup squad, 11 took part in June's CONCACAF Futsal Championship, where the U.S. finished third. The team will travel to Brazil on Sept. 24, stationing itself in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the tournament's opening. The U.S. will train in the city and play a friendly with current World champions Spain on Sept. 28.

USA against Japan September 2008"I'm excited about the team that we're taking to Brazil," said Tozer. "We are a young team, not only in age but in experience. However, at the same time we are a talented team that can only get better the deeper we go."

With the appearance in Brazil, the U.S will have taken part in five of the six FIFA Futsal World Cups. After missing out on the event in 2000, the U.S. returned to the world stage in 2004, finishing seventh in Chinese Taipei. At the first two World Championship events in 1989 and 1992, the U.S. finished third and second, respectively. The 1989 team achieved the first top three finish at any FIFA event for men or women since the 1930 men's World Cup team. The 1992 team, which lost in the final to Brazil by a 4-1 margin, posted the best finish of any U.S. Soccer men's team at a FIFA competition.

Two players on the squad have prior Futsal World Cup experience, with forward Jamar Beasley and defender Pat Morris having played in the 2004 tournament in Chinese Taipei. Beasley, a rookie with the team, concluded the tournament with two goals and two assists, while Morris also a contributed a goal in the USA’s seventh place finish in Asia.

USA team at Japan 4-4 game Sept 2008Midfielder Matthew Stewart lead the U.S. with five goals in the CONCACAF Championship, while goalkeepers Jeff Richey and Nick Vorberg split time in the net during the tournament. Midfielder Denison Cabral, himself a native Brazilian, captained the side throughout the tournament and he will reprise the role for the team in the World Cup.

The U.S. has traveled to Brazil multiple times in the past year, conducting training camps and playing friendlies against local club sides. Futsal, which has a well established professional league, is a hugely popular game in Brazil, and the USA’s most recent trip to the country concluded earlier this month.

"I think this past month has been extremely important for the preparation and development of the team representing our country in Brazil,” said Tozer. “Every match and practice we get better in all aspects of the game. The 2004 championship [in Chinese Taipei] was great, but now we are going to a country where futsal is huge. It is exciting for all of us and we know that the interest from the public in Brazil is going to make this an enjoyable and memorable tournament.”

USA getting Bronze medal CONCACAF 2008Of the 14 players on the roster, 12 play for teams that were part of the Major Indoor Soccer League before it dissolved in May. The newly created National Indoor Soccer League acquired four teams, including Baltimore, Monterrey (Mexico), Philadelphia and Orlando. A number of other former MISL teams (New Jersey, Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago) have moved to the new Xtreme Soccer League, while Stockton (formerly California) is in the new Professional Arena Soccer League.

The Philadelphia KiXX, Chicago Storm and Milwaukee Wave each have three representatives on the World Cup team, while the Detroit Ignition sends two players to Brazil. Cabral, who was MVP of the 2008 MISL Championship Match, is the sole representative from the MISL Champion Baltimore Blast.

Andrew Jacobson, who went to the University of California and was drafted by D.C. United in 2008, plays in France for FC Lorient in Ligue 1. Chile Farias is currently out of contract.

U.S. Futsal National Team

FIFA Futsal World Cup
Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sept. 30-Oct. 19, 2008
Apple, MikeF6'119006/22/77Akron, OhioDetroit Ignition (XSL)
Beasley, JamarF5'1016510/11/79Fort Wayne, Ind.Detroit Ignition (XSL)
Cabral, DenisonM5'416001/26/74Baltimore, Md.Baltimore Blast (NISL)
Farias, ChileF5'615505/1576Los Angeles, Calif.--
Hammes, JoeD6'118005/09/79Cedarburg, Wis.Milwaukee Wave (XSL)
Jacobsen, AndrewM6'218509/25/85Palo Alto, Calif.FC Lorient (Ligue 1)
Morris, PatD5'919506/06/77Philadelphia, Pa.Philadelphia KiXX (NISL)
Myers, PtahM5'1017505/25/82Columbus, OhioPhiladelphia KiXX (NISL)
Naumoski, SandreM5'816007/03/79Philadelphia, Pa.Philadelphia KiXX (NISL)
Richey, JeffGK6'018002/06/78Fort Wayne, Ind.Chicago Storm (XSL)
Rosenband, AndyM5'715004/27/81Hammond, Ind.Chicago Storm (XSL)
Stewart, MatthewM5'814509/17/76El Paso, TexasChicago Storm (XSL)
Vorberg, NickGK6'018502/10/75Grants Pass, Ore.Milwaukee Wave (XSL)
Wiesner, BrettF5'1116505/12/83Brookfield, Wis.Milwaukee Wave (XSL)

U.S. Futsal National Team Roster By Position
Goalkeepers (2): Jeff Richey (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Nick Vorberg (Grants Pass, Ore.);
Defenders (2): Joe Hammes (Cedarburg, Wis.), Pat Morris (Philadelphia, Pa.);
Midfielders (6): Denison Cabral (Florianopolis, Brazil), Andrew Jacobsen (Palo Alto, Calif.), Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio), Sandre Naumoski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Andy Rosenband (Hammond, Ind.), Matthew Stewart (El Paso, Texas);
Forwards (4): Mike Apple (Akron, Ohio), Jamar Beasley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Chile Farias (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wis.).

2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Schedule
First Round

Group A
Solomon Islands
DateMatchupCityTime (ET)
Sept. 30Brazil vs. JapanBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Cuba vs. Solomon IslandsBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 2Solomon Islands vs. BrazilBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Russia vs. CubaBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 4Brazil vs. RussiaBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Japan vs. Solomon IslandsBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 6Japan vs. CubaBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Russia vs. Solomon IslandsBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 8Brazil vs. CubaBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Russia vs. JapanRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.

Group B
DateMatchupCityTime (ET)
Sept. 30Italy vs. ThailandRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Paraguay vs. USARio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 2Portugal vs. ParaguayRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 USA vs. ItalyRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 4Thailand vs. USARio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Italy vs. PortgualRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 6Portugal vs. USARio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Thailand vs. ParaguayRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 8Italy vs. ParaguayRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
 Portugal vs. ThailandBrasilia11:30 a.m.

Group C
China PR
DateMatchupCityTime (ET)
Oct. 1Guatemala vs. EgyptBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Argentina vs. China PRBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 3Egypt vs. ArgentinaBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Ukraine vs. GuatemalaBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 5China PR vs. EgyptBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Argentina vs. UkraineBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 7China PR vs. GuatemalaBrasilia9:30 a.m.
 Ukraine vs. EgyptBrasilia11:30 a.m.
Oct. 9Argentina vs. GuatemalaBrasilia11:30 a.m.
 Ukraine vs. China PRRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.

Group D
Czech Republic
DateMatchupCityTime (ET)
Oct. 1Spain vs. IranRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Uruguay vs. LibyaRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 3Libya vs. SpainRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Czech Republic vs. UruguayRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 5Spain vs. Czech RepublicRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Iran vs. LibyaRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 7Czech Republic vs. LibyaRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Iran vs. UruguayRio de Janeiro11:30 a.m.
Oct. 9Spain vs. UruguayRio de Janeiro9:30 a.m.
 Czech Republic vs. IranBrasilia11:30 a.m.

Second Round
The top two teams in each group advance to the second round, where they are split in to Groups E and F. Each team plays each other once, and the top two teams advance to the semifinals. The games in the second round will be played from Oct. 11 to 14 in Rio de Janerio and Brasilia.
Group EGroup F
E1 - 1st AF1 - 1st B
E2 - 1st CF2 - 1st D
E3 - 2nd DF3 - 2nd C
E4 - 2nd BF4 - 2nd A

Semifinals – Rio de Janeiro
DateMatchupTime (ET)
Oct. 16Runner-up Group F vs. Winner Group E9:30 a.m.
 Winner Group F vs. Runner-up Group E11:30 a.m.

Match for Third Place – Rio de Janeiro
DateMatchupTime (ET)
Oct. 18Third Place Match9:30 a.m.

Final – Rio de Janeiro
DateMatchupTime (ET)
Oct. 19Final11:30 a.m.

*All matches played in Brasilia take place at The Jornalista Nilson Nelson Sports Hall while all matches in Rio de Janeiro take place at The Maracanãzinho

U.S. Futsal National Team Staff
Head Coach: Keith Tozer(Milwaukee)
Assistant Coach: Vilmar "VAVA" Marques(Mountain View, Calif.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Mark Litton(Milwaukee)
Team Coordinator: Bryan Koch(Milwaukee)
Team Doctor: Dr. Robert Lim(Chicago)
Team Doctor: Dr. Nicholas Romansky(Philadelphia)
Athletic Trainer: Tony Rill(Chicago)
Equipment Coordinator: Marthell Vazquez(Los Angeles)
Press Officer: Mark Liskevych(Chicago)