CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team will take part in a Nov. 30-Dec. 7 camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Chula Vista, California. This is the team’s last camp of 2014.
Head coach Stuart Sharp has named a 17-player roster for this stretch. The Paralympic National Team last played in the 2014 America Cup at the University of Toronto, taking third place in the tournament in September.
The USA capped off the event with a 3-0 victory against host Canada. Midfielder Gavin Sibayan scored two goals and defender Kevin Hensley contributed a goal. The Paralympic National Team is 4-4-1 in international competition this year.
“It is great to gather the players together again after a two-month break since the America Cup,” Sharp said. “This camp will serve as a great opportunity to reset some targets and focus on what will be a busy 2015, with both the World Cup and Parapan American Games being held next summer.”
While there are many familiar Paralympic faces in this group, Sharp has also brought in six new players to the camp.
“To freshen things up a little, we are using this camp to introduce some new faces and also bring back some players who were on the periphery in 2014,” Sharp said. “As a result, the competition for starting spots is continuing to grow. It is pleasing to see that the players are relishing this environment and are now thriving within what has become a very tight group with a winning mentality. I know both the players and staff are looking forward to getting back on the field together again and building on what was a very successful 2014 season.”
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (3): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Edgardo Gonzalezchacon (Miami, Fla.), Davon Hardeman (Houston, Texas), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Jarrett Razon (Niceville, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Jerreme Wade (Chesapeake, Va.), Jordan Weise (Jacksonville, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Corey Laycock (Sandown, N.H.), Jackson McCabe (Boulder, Colo.), Robert McChrystal (Boise, Idaho), Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.)
Players who have Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury yet are ambulatory may be eligible to play for the U.S. Paralympic National Team. Interested players should contact U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp (firstname.lastname@example.org) or team manager Pam Perkins (email@example.com).