United States men's national Australian rules football team

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United States
USA Revolution Logo.png
Union United States Australian Football League
Nickname(s) USA Revolution
Coach(es) Tom Ellis
Captain(s) Dan Sarbacker
First international
1999 49th Parallel Cup [1]
United States vs. Canada
United States 10.15 (75) def. Canada 8.7 (55)
Largest win
2014 International Cup
United States vs. Finland
United States 27.17 (182) def. Finland 0.1 (1)
Largest defeat
2002 International Cup
New Zealand vs. United States
New Zealand 11.12 (78) def. United States 4.1 (25)

[2]The United States national Australian rules football team, nicknamed the Revolution, represents the United States of America in the sport of Australian rules football. The Revolution are named after the American Revolution (an event which gave the country separation from the British Empire) and wear the colors of the American flag.

The team plays in international tournaments, including the Australian Football International Cup, as well as exhibition matches against other countries. The American national team has participated in every International Cup since its inception in 2002. The Revolution are big improvers in International Australian Football, finishing 3rd behind New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in the 2005 International Cup.

Revolution players are selected from United States-born players from US Footy clubs and teams across the country.

Coaches[edit]

Australian football legend Paul Roos coached the national side's inaugural game in 1999 at Chicago (Naperville, 8/1/99) to victory over Canada USA 10:15(75) CAN 8:12(60) before returning to Australia be appointed as coach of the Australian Football League side the Sydney Swans.

Under 2006 head coach Tom Ellis, the Revolution lost in a lopsided score to the ex-patriate team (the All-comers) in a January 2006 match played as a curtain raiser to the AFL exhibition match held at UCLA.

On November 2, 2006, it was announced that Australian Trevor Lovitt would be the new Revolution head coach. Lovitt has served as an Assistant Coach (1998-2001) with the Noble Park Football Club (a premier division Eastern Football League club) which won the premiership twice, and twice finished runner-up. From 2002-2003, Trevor served as the Head Coach of Mulgrave Football Club’s (division 2 Eastern Football League) senior team which finished 3rd in 2002 and 2nd in 2003. From 2003-2005 he was an assistant with Frankston Football Club in the Victorian Football League. He also served as a recruiting officer for Port Adelaide Football Club from 2004-2005.

Prior to the International Cup, Trevor Lovitt stepped down as coach due to personal reasons. New York Magpies coach Robert Oliver was appointed coach of the Revolution and guided the team to Melbourne.

International Competition[edit]

International Cup[edit]

The U.S. played South Africa at ANZ Stadium during the 2011 International Cup. The U.S. won the match 7.14 (56) to 2.6 (18).
USA International Cup results
Year Finish P W-L-D PF PA %
2002 5/11 6 4-2-0 393 184 213.59
2005 3/10 6 4-2-0 277 200 138.50
2008 7/16 5 3-2-0 342 129 265.12
2011 4/18 6 4-2-0 326 170 191.76
2014 8/18 5 3-2-0 360 166 216.87

49th Parallel Cup[edit]

The next 49th Parallel Cup will be played at CBRP Stadium in Florida
Main article: 49th Parallel Cup
49th Parallel Cup
Year Home Team Score Away Team Score
1999 United States USA 10.15 (75) Canada Canada 8.7 (55)
2000 Canada Canada 2.4 (16) United States USA 4.17 (41)
2003 United States USA 9.12 (66) Canada Canada 9.10 (64)
2004 Canada Canada 7.9 (51) United States USA 9.9 (63)
2007 Canada Canada 6.9 (45) United States USA 4.8 (32)
2009 United States USA 12.11 (83) Canada Canada 5.3 (33)
2010 Canada Canada 5.2 (32) United States USA 9.12 (66)
2012 United States USA 7.12 (54) Canada Canada 5.1 (31)
2013 Canada Canada 5.6 (36) United States USA 10.7 (67)
2015 United States USA 6.9 (45) Canada Canada 3.11 (29)

International Cup Squads[edit]

2014 IC Squad[edit]

2011 IC Squad[edit]

2008 IC Squad[edit]

2005 IC Squad[edit]

The Revolution's best and fairest player (from the 2005 International Cup) is Donnie Lucero.

Development Team[edit]

The USA Revolution established a Development Team in 2012 (formally the U23 National Team), featuring players trying to work their way to the senior squad. This squad gives coaches opportunities to evaluate potential players for the next Australian Football International Cup. The Development Team competes against Canada's Development squad in an under-card showdown the night before the 49th Parallel Cup. The United States won the 2015 edition of this match, 9.9 (63) to 2.3 (15).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldfootynews.com/staticpages/index.php/World_Rankings_Matches
  2. ^ Barrish, Brian. "USAFL.com". USAFL. 
  3. ^ Official Website of the Australian Football League > News Article > Revolution IC 2008 squad named

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