USA v. England v. Haiti a Great World Cup Warm-Up
The Woodlands, TX - "Warm-Up" may be an understatement. National teams from the USA, England and Haiti played under the blistering South Texas heat June 1-3 for a for a friendly / developmental tournament as a prelude to the Amputee Soccer World Cup scheduled for 24 October to 5 November, 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Though native Texans Craig Till, #5, and Keeper Travis Oliva, #20, may have been used to Texas weather, organizers made one match a night game - Team USA's first ever - in the name of player safety.
Below: Team USA - Amp Soccer World Cup contenders.
Each team played four matches in the round-robin tournament, fielding a mixture of seasoned veterans and developing talent.
Haiti and Team USA met several times over the past year while a strong Team England made its first trip to the US since the 2000 Amp Soccer World Cup. The Brits came to the tournament fresh from a first place finish in a recent tournament with Ireland and Poland.
The tournament, deems a great success by all participants, was presented by the American Amputee Soccer Association, the Lone Star Amputee Football Club and the Houston Dynamo-Dash Training Academy.
Team USA Headed to the World Cup!
An American soccer team WILL participate in this year's World Cup - The Amputee Soccer World Cup.
Team USA has qualified for and will participate in the Amputee Soccer World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, 24 October to 5 November, 2018.
The US broke into the top third of all teams in the world in the 2014 World Cup. And we're getting better, winning the Bronze in another recent international competition.
The American Team will be competing against the best teams in the world, including World Champion Russia, World Silver Medalist Angola, European Champion Turkey, as well as other power teams like Brazil, Mexico, England, Poland and Japan.
Most national teams receive support from their governments or their national soccer federations. Team USA is entirely self-funded and pay their own way to training camps and competitions. Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
US Beats Haiti 6-3 in Houston Exhibition
At left: Team Haiti, in white, falls to striker Foday Dumbuya and team Lone Star Houston in a developmental exhibition. Photo courtesy Leslie Plaza Johnson and the Houston Chronicle
Houston, Texas - Led by retired Army Sgt. Robert Ferguson, the Lone Star Houston amputee soccer club defeated a Haitian team 6-3 at the Woodlands, at Lents Family Park, Nov. 25.
The event, sponsored by the MLS Houston Dynamo Dash Youth Training Academy, was billed as an exhibition to give developing players the opportunity to gain experience playing in real-game international environment.
This was the second time the US and Haiti met this year. The first time was when the US and Haitian National Select teams met in Irvine, California. Haiti won that match-up.
Earlier in the week members of Lone Star Houston and the Haitian team scrimmaged with members of the professional FC Dallas club.
For more coverage of the event, please go to the Houston Chronicle
The national teams from the USA and Haiti met in Irvine, California, at the end of July for a three match mini-tournament.
This meet was the first opportunity for many players on both sides of the ball to engage in an international competition. It
was designed as a developmental opportunity for new players as well as for international tournament points.
USA - Haiti Meet In Irvine
Team Haiti, which placed 7th in the most recent Amputee Soccer
World Cup, won the tournament 3-0.
The tournament was hosted by the City of Irvine at the Grand Park recreational complex, with the full, generous support of the
Orange County Soccer Club of the USL, the
United Soccer League. The Orange County Soccer Club is an affiliate partner of the new Los Angeles Football Club of
Team USA Honored At Houston-Dallas MLS Match
The US National Amputee Soccer Team (USNAST)was the guest of the Houston Dynamo recently for it's Major
league Soccer match with in-state rival Dallas FC. Our team was in Houston for a weekend training camp and open tryouts.
Shown here are: Back row left-to-right, team Captain Nico Calabria, of Massachusetts; Alvenso Honore,
Massachusetts; Foday Dumbuya, Texas; Dan Broome, California; Rich Ramsay, Oregon; and Head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg, New York.
Front Row left-to-right: Robert Ferguson,Texas; Ignacio Medrano, California; Jovan Booker, New York;
Rafael Perdigão, Massachusetts; and Robert Rodriguez, New York.
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World Federation, USA Approve
Women's Amputee Soccer USA? Yes.
USA's Bronyn Creed competes against El Salvador in the 1987 World Cup.
Women have been an integral part of amputee soccer from the beginning, and have
played in World Cup competition since 1984.
Now women are forming teams of their own.
Both the World Amputee Football Federation and the American Amputee Soccer Association think it's a great idea.
Immediately after the World Federation authorized women-only teams, leagues, and international competitions the American Association Board of Directors unanimously authorized and actively support developing Women's teams and competitions here.
For information on becoming part of the women's amputee soccer movement contact Sarah Glowa, American National Coordinator for Women's Program Development.
Game Pioneer Kari Young Dennis. Photo by Rick Hofmann
Team USA was treated to a special surprise guest during its
recent trip to Southern California.
Multiple World Cup veteran Dan Broome introduced the team to
amputee soccer pioneer Ms. Kari Young Dennis, a member of the US
World Cup team which played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in
Amputee soccer has been a co-ed game since its very first
Team USA enthusiasticly embraced Ms. Dennis as both a pioneer of the sport and as a fellow
Amp Soccer Standout Wins
Gold in Paralympic Sled Hockey
Noah Grove wore #22 as a member of the 2014 US Amputee Soccer World Cup Team.
Noah Grove, US National Soccer Team AND US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Photo courtesy US Paralympic Committee.
He wore #22 again winning a Gold Medal Winner as part of the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. The USA beat Canada 2-1 in overtime to win USA's third straight Paralympic Gold medal in the extremely demanding sport.
Grove scored two goals and one assist in the the American team's Paralympic effort.
At 18, Noah, of Frederick, MD, is the youngest member of the USA sled hockey squad.
He joins Josh Sundquist as a double elite adaptive athlete. Josh competed as a skier at the Torino Paralympics in 2006, and doubled as a member of the US Amputee Soccer World Cup team in 2014.
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Haiti - Mexico Plan Women's Demo Match
Women's teams from Haiti, shown above, and Mexico are tentatively scheduled for a demonstration match in San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico, as part of a run-up to this year's World Cup. This will be the first international event featuring all women's teams.
Kenya Forms All-Women's Team
Under the leadership of Ms. Charity Kamau, president, the Kenya Amputee Football Federation (KENAFF) has formed the world's first-ever all women's amputee soccer team.
Members of the Nairobi team are, back row. left to right, Cecilia Wangechi, Alice Njeri, Jane Kerubo, Elizabeth Ogonji, Elizabeth Njoki, Beth Wanja, and Coach David Manda.
Front row, Goalkeeper Jecinta Aluoch.
Ms. President Kamau said her teams goal is to be able to play other womens teams in their own World Cup Competition.
Photo courtesy Kenya Amputee Football Federation
European Championship Shatters
All-Time Attendance Records
Istanbul, Turkey - This game is catching on.
Amputee Soccer has traditionally been played in club and university-sized venues. But the Gold Medal match between Turkey and England in the recent European Championships vaporized all previous attendance marks.
The final match drew so much attention that it had to be moved to the Vodafone Park Stadium in Istanbul. Attendance - standing room only at more than 41,188 fans.
Turkey - 2 England - 1 for the Gold. Poland-Bronze. Spain 4th.
Tournament sponsors were reportedly very happy with the turn-out...
Final European championship results:
12 Russia - Disqualified
Myth Busted! Amp Soccer Kicks Rank with Professionals
Culiacan, Mexico - It was "obvious."
Top Shots, from left: Nico Calabria, USA;
Jonathan Mendoza, El Salvador; and Diego Pezoa, Argentina.
The myth - because they play on only one leg, shots from
amputee soccer players had to be softer and
slower than those of "regular" players. Right?
But those close to the game, especially goalkeepers, know just
the opposite was true - that the body mechanics of the amputee
player yielded kicks as hard or harder than
traditionally configured players.
In the recent Culiacan World Cup the myth was put to the test -
and was thoroughly debunked. World Wide.
Now it's a documented fact. Amputee soccer players kicks rank
with the professionals'.
World Amputee Football Federation President Richard Hofmann
instituted a new "Power Shot" competition in Mexico to
test the myth.
Twenty-five of the best players from around the world kicked the
ball from the penalty spot during a break from World Cup
Each athlete took three shots. Each kick was measured by a
certified, calibrated radar gun provided by the Culiacan
Municipal Police. The results were averaged.
The results were shocking to some, expected by others. The
amateur, teen and 20-something amputee soccer players kicked the
ball 58-59 miles per hour.
According to several Internet sources the average professional
kicks the ball at 60 mph.
But the real heroes of the story are the goalkeepers. They have
to stop those professional grade shots with only one arm.
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