United States men's Paralympic soccer team

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The United States Men's Paralympic National soccer team represents the United States in international competitions. It is operated by the United States Soccer Federation. The team finished seventh at the 2015 IPCPF World Championships. They have competed at several Paralympic Games, including the 1984, 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2012 editions. One of their best finishes was in 1996 when they finished fourth. Their Head Coach is Stuart Sharp. Comedian Josh Blue is one of their former players.

The U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team (USPNT) is an elite level program that selects players from across the United States in preparation for International standard competition. The National Team, in addition to friendly matches and invitational tournaments, competes in the following events: Intercontinental Cup, Copa America, World Championships, Parapan American Games, Paralympic Games.

For players to be eligible, they must be ambulant (no requirement for assistive walking aids) and have one of the following neurological conditions, have had a Stroke, have Cerebral Palsy, have had a Traumatic Brain Injury / Acquired Brain Injury.

Individuals with the above conditions may display varying degrees of the following impairments: Diplegia, Hemiplegia, Triplegia, Quadriplegia, Monoplegia, Dystonia, Athetosis, Ataxia, Balance issues, Co-ordination issues, Weakness in certain areas of the body.

In many cases the above conditions may result in only minimal levels of motor dysfunction (some not noticeable to the untrained eye); however, under the rules of the sport, this could still make players eligible for the U.S. Paralympic National Team.

"Football 7-a-side" is the standard term for the game informally known as "C.P. Football," and international tournaments are hosted by the International Paralympic Committee, FIFA, or International Federation of CP Football IFCPF. Team selection and tournaments are competitive, and tend to be run like professional sport organizations. The USA team trains at the Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, California, and the Home Depot Center at Carson, California.

Background[edit]

Team USA warming up at the 2016 Salou tournament.

The national team is managed by the US Soccer Federation.[1] In 2012, the team was coached by Jay Hoffman.[2] While the United States was active in participating in the IFCPF World Championships and Paralympic Games by 2016, the country did not have a national championships to support national team player development.[3]

Ranking[edit]

The United States was ranked eighth in the world by the IFCPF in 2016.[4] That same year, the team is also ranked third in the Americas.[5] In September 2012, August 2013 and November 2014, the team was ranked ninth in the world.[6][7][8] In July 2011, the team was ranked eighth.[9]

Players[edit]

There have been a number of players for the American squad.

Name Number Classification Position Years active Ref
Mason Abbiate FT7 Midfielder 2015-2016 [10][11][12]
Christopher Ahrens 6 FT7 Defender 2011-2012 [13][14]
Adam Ballou 7 FT7 Midfielder 2007, 2009-2012, 2014-2016 [2][14][15][16][17][18][18][19]
Tyler Bennett 11 FT7 Midfielder 2010-2012 [2][13][14][15]
Bryce Boarman 5 FT5 Defender 2010, 2012 [2][13][15]
Dylan Brown 8 FT6 Forward 2012 [2][13]
Nick Creasey 2 FT7 2010-2011 [14][15]
Alex Hendricks 18 FT7 Goalkeeper 2012 [2][13]
KaeCe Hildreth 6 FT7 2010 [15]
Charlie Howard 12 FT7 2010-2012 [2][14][15]
Keith Johnson 1 FT7 Goalkeeper 2010-2012, 2016 [2][13][14][15][20]
Chad Jones 4 FT5 Defender/Midfielder 2011-2012 [2][13][14]
Tommy Latsch 8 FT7 2010-2011 [14][15]
Josh McKinney 9 FT7 Midfielder/Forward 2010-2012 [2][13][14][15]
Moises Morales 3, 15 FT7 Midfielder/Forward 2010, 2012 [13][15]
Tyler Penn 18 FT5 2010 [15]
Rene Renteria 16 FT8 Midfielder/Forward 2012 [2][13]
Gavin Sibayan 2 FT7 Defender/Midfielder 2012-2016 [2][13][21][22][23]
Jason Slemons 3 FT5 2011 [14]
Jerreme Wade 14 FT7 Midfielder 2012 [2][13]
Marthell Vazquez 10 FT5 2010-2012 [2][14][15]

Results[edit]

The United States has participated in a number of international tournaments. Six teams participated in the Toronto hosted American Cup in 2014. Group A included Venezuela, Argentina and Canada. Group B included Mexico, Brazil and the United States. The tournament was important for preparations for the 2015 Parapan American Games, and because it was the last major continental level competition of the year.[24]

Competition Location Year Total Teams Result Ref
Pre-Paralympic Tournament Salou, Spain 2016 7 6 [25]
Footie 7 Tournament Povao de Varzim, Portugal 2015 5 3 [26][27]
America Cup Toronto, Canada 2014 6 3 [28][29]
9th Barcelona International Trophy of CP Football Barcelona, Spain 2014 4 2 [30]
Intercontinental Cup Barcelona, Spain 2013 16 [31]
Ireland CP International Tournament Ireland 2013 4 [32]
British Paralympic World Cup Nottingham, England 2012 12 [33]
2012 Paralympic World Cup London, England 2012 4 [34]
Yevpretoria Ukraine Yevpatoria, Crimea, Ukraine 2012 8 [35]
Nottingham British Paralympic World Cup Nottingham, England 2010 4 4 [36]
CPISRA International Championships Arnhem, Netherlands 2009 11 [37]

The United States has also played in a number of friendlies. In December 2011, Canada and the United States played a series of three friendly matches in Chula Vista, California. Canada won the opener 4 - 2. They then repeated this score in the second match. The United States won the third game 2 - 3.[38]

IFCPF World Championships[edit]

The United States has participated in the IFCPF World Championships.

World Championships Location Total Teams Result Ref
2015 IFCPF World Championships England 15 7 [39]
2011 CPSIRA World Championships Netherlands 16 8 [14][40]

Paralympic Games[edit]

The United States has participated in 7-a-side football at the Paralympic Games.[41]

Paralympic Results

Games Results Ref
2012 Summer Paralympics 7 [41]
2004 Summer Paralympics 8 [41]
1996 Summer Paralympics 4 [41]
1992 Summer Paralympics [41]
1984 Summer Paralympics [41]

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