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
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 MLS.
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.
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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 stadiums. 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...
Team USA was treated to a special surprise guest during its
recent trip to Southern California.
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Myth Busted! Amp Soccer Kicks Rank with Professionals
The myth was that because they play on only one leg, shots from amputee soccer players had to be softer and slower than those of "regular" players.
But those close to the game, especially goalkeepers, knew just the opposite was true - that the body mechanics of the amputee player yielded kicks that were 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 competition.
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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