Tozer Names 16-Player U.S. Roster for Anaheim Tourney
CHICAGO (11-20-03) - U.S. Futsal Head Coach Keith Tozer has named a 16-player roster for the Futsal Goal Cup, a four-team tournament being staged Dec. 5-7 at the Anaheim, Calif., Convention Center.
The U.S. will square off against CONCACAF rivals Canada, Guatemala and Mexico in a tournament that will serve as important preparation for 2004 CONCACAF qualifying play next year in Costa Rica. The 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship will be played in Chinese Taipei in November, 2004.
(Photo: Doug Miller)
The three-day event will feature three doubleheaders, with the U.S. facing Canada on Friday, Dec. 5, Guatemala on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 7.
"This is our first real step in preparation for qualifying for
the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei," said Tozer in making his
selection. "There is no doubt that playing three tough regional rivals in three days
will make us a better team and help us directly when the qualifying tournament is played
next year in Costa Rica."
The U.S. squad includes seven players who have never been capped for the U.S. National Futsal Team, including 34-year-old Doug Miller, a longtime standout outdoors with the Rochester Raging Rhinos in the A-League.
Tozer's U.S. roster also includes twice-capped Pat Morris and the uncapped Don D'Ambra, Joel Shanker and Kevin Sloan, all from the Major Indoor Soccer League's Philadelphia Kixx, and Jeff DiMaria, Steve Butcher, Daryl Doran and Brett Phillips, all of the MISL St. Louis Steamers. Doran and Phillips are both futsal veterans, with Phillips having earned 10 caps in goal for the U.S.
The most capped player on Tozer's roster is defender Sean Bowers of the San Diego Sockers, who has 5 goals in 23 games.
The Schedule (Pacific Time):
Friday, Dec. 5 Guatemala vs. Mexico 6:30 p.m.
Canada vs. United States 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 Canada vs. Mexico 6:30 p.m.
Guatemala vs. Unites States 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 Canada vs. Guatemala 3 p.m.
Mexico vs. United States 5 p.m.
The U.S. Team:.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/Goals Hometown Club
Bowers, Sean D 6'2" 185 08/12/68 23/5, San Diego, Calif. San Diego Sockers (MISL)
Butcher, Steve M/F 6'2" 180 04/15/78 4/2, Amherst, N.Y. St. Louis Steamers (MISL)
D'Ambra, Don F 5'10" 190 05/05/72 0/0, Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia Kixx (MISL)
DiMaria, Jeff M 5'8" 160 05/15/77 0/0, St. Louis. Mo. St. Louis Steamers (MISL)
Doran, Daryl F 5"11" 185 03/29/63 2/0, St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Steamers (MISL)
Gilpatrick, Dewayne M/F 5'11" 170 07/27/76 0/0, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gregor, Andrew M 5'11" 150 11/22/75 0/0, Seattle Sounders (A-League)
Lilavois, Bernie M/F 5'10" 160 08/31/70 7/4, Buena Park, Calif.
Miller, Doug F 5'8" 155 05/05/69 0/0, Rochester, N.Y. Rochester Raging Rhinos (A)
Morris, Pat D 5'9" 170 06/06/77 2/2, Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia Kixx (MISL)
Namazi, Omid D 5'10" 165 12/08/64 2/2, Philadelphia, Pa.
Orf, Otto GK 6'2" 190 11/04/63 8/0, Elma, N.Y. Cleveland Force (MISL)
Phillips, Brett GK 5'11" 200 12/27/67 10/0, Tampa, Fla. St. Louis Steamers (MISL)
Shanker, Joel F 5'9" 165 08/14/71 0/0, St. Louis, Mo. Philadelphia Kixx (MISL)
Sloan, Kevin M 5'10" 170 12/23/65 0/0, Washington, D.C. Philadelphia Kixx (MISL)
Torres, Johnny M/F 5'6" 140 04/24/76 2/1, Millis, Mass. Minnesota Thunder (MISL)
U.S. Futsal National Team Staff
Head Coach: Keith Tozer, Mequon, Wis.
Assistant Coach: Vilmar "Vava" Marquez, Palo Alto, Calif.
Team Coordinator: Bryan Koch, New Berlin, Wis.
Doctor: Dr. Brett Barnes
Trainer: Mike McCormick Chicago, Ill.
Tickets for the Futsal Goal Cup are available by calling U.S. Futsal at 510-836-8733 or by calling the Anaheim Convention Arena at 714-765-8980.