Boston Breakers Plan Amp Soccer Fund Raiser
The Boston Breakers, of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), will donate $7.00 to the US National Amputee Soccer Team for every ticket ordered through a special Breakers web page for its Sept. 10 match against the Portland Thorn.
So if you're in the Boston area, or can get there, buy a ticket, go to the game, and help support TEAM USA.
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
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.
|Mr. Daniel Espinoza, at right, accepts a USNAST team T-shirt from head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg.
Mr. Espinoza is the Military Staffer for US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas 18th District. Mr. Espinoza also presented
Coach Lamberg and Local Organizing Chairman Robert Ferguson with Congressional Certificates of Appreciation for their work in
supporting individuals with limb issues.
Below: To get a feel for the game Mr. Espinoza got up on sticks and joined in some of the team drills, shown here
kicking against rookie goalkeeper Travis Oliva, of Ft. Worth.
Photos courtesy of Ellen Wang
Team USA Wins Bronze in Costa Rica
Back row, from left: Dr. James Pierre-Glaude, Trainer, NY; Dr. Eric Lamberg, Head Coach, NY; Josh Sundquist, CA; Nico Calabria,
Offensive Team Captain, MA; Foday Dumbuya, TX; Keith Mann, Defensive Team Captain, NJ; Dan Broome, CA
Front row, from left: Rich Ramsay, OR; Craig Till, TX; Ignacio
Medrano, CA; Noah Grove, MD; Alvenso Honore, MA.
Rookie Goalkeeper Alvenso Honore, of Boston, MA, scored the
Bronze Medal shut-out in his very first international
Nico Calabria, heading the ball, Cambridge, MA, led all US
scorers with five in the three match set.
Unless otherwise noted, photos on this page
are © Carl Calabria.
Amp Soccer Pioneer!
Team USA was treated to a special surprise guest during its
recent trip to Southern California.
Game Pioneer Kari Young Dennis. Photo by Rick Hofmann
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 2017 warmly embraced Ms. Dennis as a fellow
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USA's Hofmann Re-Elected
Rick Hofmann, President of the American Amputee Soccer
Association, has been re-elected President of the World Amputee
Football (Soccer) Federation (WAFF). The election was held during
the recent WAFF Congress of Members in Guadalajara, Mexico.
World Federation President
Amputee soccer is now played in 55 countries around the
Also elected to leadership positions were Dr. Jan Gauna, Mexico,
as 1st VP; and Mateusz Widlak, Poland, as 2nd VP. The Federation
Secretary General and Chief Referee will be up for election in
Team USA returned home from the First Costa Rican Cup for
Amputees wearing Bronze Medals after defeating Costa Rica's
National Team, 6-0 in its final match.
In that match rookie Goalkeeper Avelso Honore, Boston, MA,
notched the shutout while Nico Calabria, of Cambridge, MA, scored
a hat trick. Noah Grove, of Frederick, MD scored twice and Foday
Dumbuya, Houston, TX, once.
Team USA beat the Costa Rican Team Heredia in its first match
3-0. Calabria 2 goals, Grove 1; but lost 0-2 to Mexico's Los
Tigres de Monterrey, the eventual Gold Medal winners, in the
The Bronze was even more meaningful since Team USA was competing
against teams who had played together, sometimes on a weekly
basis, for years. Team USA, which includes players literally from
all corners of the country, had not played or practiced together
as a team since the World Cup in 2014.
Full reports are not in yet, but we do know that matches were
seen via broadcast quality Internet live-stream in Mexico, El
Salvador, Costa Rica, throughout the United States, in Brazil,
Ireland and Poland.
Team USA's Facebook page alone gathered more than 59,000
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