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Tozer Names Roster For Spain Training Camp, Matches Print
US National Futsal Team

CHICAGO (June 4, 2007) - U.S. National Futsal Team head coach Keith Tozer has selected 16 players that will travel to Spain for a seven day training camp taking place from June 10-16.

The team will train in Cordoba and Jaen, Spain with two matches scheduled against the Spanish National Futsal team to take place June 13 in Cordoba, and June 15 in Jaen.

The roster for this trip includes nine players who participated in a trip to Brazil in May in which the U.S. lost twice to the Brazilian Futsal National Team.

The U.S. is preparing for a return trip to Brazil for the 2007 Pan American Games, where for the first time, Futsal has been specially added to the games by the host nation.

U.S. Futsal Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS(2): Brett Phillips (Milwaukee Wave-MISL), Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave-MISL)
DEFENDERS(2): Joe Hammes (Milwaukee Wave-MISL), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave-MISL)
MIDFIELDERS(8): Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition-MISL), Andrew Jacobson (California), Ptah Myers (Philadelphia KiXX-MISL), Andy Rosenband (Chicago Storm-MISL), Matt Stewart (Chicago Storm-MISL), Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast-MISL), John Ball (Rochester Raging Rhinos-USL), Andrew Gregor (Portland Timbers-USL)
FORWARDS(4): Elvir Kafedzic (California Cougars-MISL), Aaron Susi (California Cougars-MISL), Enrique Tovar (California Cougars-MISL), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast-MISL)
 

 
U.S. Futsal National Team Begins Second Stage of World Championships with Back-to-Back Matches vs. Argentina and Ukraine Print
US National Futsal Team

Game Notes
U.S. vs. Argentina/U.S. vs. Ukraine
FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004
Taipei City, Taiwan
Nov. 27, 2004

-U.S. Futsal National Team Begins Second Stage of World Championship with Back-to-Back Matches
-Argentina Up First on Sunday
-Ukraine Follows on Monday;
-All Matches Availabe Via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker
-Galavision Tape Delay Broadcast Each Match

U.S. TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK MATCHES TO OPEN SECOND STAGE: The U.S. Futsal National Team will face Argentina and Ukraine on back-to-back days as the second group stage of the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 gets underway. The U.S. advanced as the second-place team in Group C, and will face Group D winner Argentina at 6 p.m. local/5 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 28 at the National Taiwan University New Gymnasium in Taipei City. One day later, it is back to the same venue as the U.S. faces Group A runner-up Ukraine at 8 p.m. local/7 a.m. ET on Nov. 29. The U.S. will then get an off day, and return to close out the second stage on Wednesday, Dec. 1 vs. Brazil at 6 p.m. local/5 a.m. ET. Follow all of the action live with ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The games will also be broadcast on tape delay back in the United States on Galavision.

U.S. Group F Schedule
Date Match    Venue; City    Local/ET
Nov. 28 Argentina vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Ukraine vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  Brazil vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.

GALAVISION CONTINUES COVERAGE OF U.S. FUTSAL TEAM: Galavision will continue its coverage of the U.S. Futsal National Team at the FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004. Galavision, which broadcast all three of the USA's Group C matches last week has announced the broadcast schedule for the Group F matches in which the U.S. will take part. The matches will be again showed on tape delay, with two airing on same-day delay.
Galavision Broadcast Schedule
Date Match   Tape Delay Airtime ET - CT - PT
Nov. 28 Argentina vs. USA 4 p.m. ET - 3 p.m. CT - 4 p.m. PT
Nov. 30 Ukraine vs. USA  10 p.m. ET - 9 p.m. CT - 10 p.m. PT
Dec. 1 Brazil vs. USA  10 p.m. ET - 9 p.m. CT - 10 p.m. PT

U.S. vs. ARGENTINA QUICK HITS:
- Argentina won Copa America in Paraguay in 2003, and therefore qualified as the South American champions. They topped Brazil in the semifinals of Copa America, their second straight victory over their biggest rival. They tied with hosts Paraguay  - an U.S. opponent at the world championship - to open the final phase, but crushed Uruguay in the final after getting past Brazil.
- Argentina is appearing in their fifth consecutive FIFA Futsal World Championship
- Fernando Wilhelm is Argentina's leading scorer with three goals, but all of them came on second penalties from the 10-meter spot in their final group match vs. Iran.
- Argentina topped Cuba 3-0 to open play at the 2004 World Championship. The U.S. tied Cuba 1-1 in group play at the CONCACAF futsal championship, and then topped Cuba 2-0 in the championship game.
- Head coach Fernando Larrañaga has been in his position since 1994, taking the national side to Spain 1996 and Guatemala 2000. At club level, he has worked with Independiente de Avellaneda and Boca Juniors. He also runs a grocery business in Buenos Aires
- The U.S. has a 2-1-1 record vs. Argentina. The two wins came at the 1989 and 1992 FIFA World Championships, where Larranaga was an assistant coach for Argentina. The last meeting came in 1998, with the U.S. tying Argentina 4-4 at a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, tournament. Brett Phillips and Sean Bowers both played in that game.
- Argentina allowed just one goal in their group matches, while scoring 10. Their toughest match was a 1-0 victory over Portugal, and then clinched the top spot in Group D with a 6-1 victory over Iran.
- Argentina is the only team the group with not previous semifinal experience. The U.S. finished second in 1992 and third in 1989, the Ukraine finished in fourth in 1996, and Brazil finished second in 2000 while winning the first three in 1989, 1992 and 1996.

Argentina Roster
Goalkeepers (2): 1-Javier Guisande (Boca Juniors), 12-Fernando Poggi (Argentinos Juniors)
Defenders (3): 2-Leandro Planas (Nepi-ITA), 4-Diego Giustozzi (Lobelle de Santiago-ESP), 5-Carlos Sanchez (Citta di Montesilvano-ITA)
Midfielders (3): 6-Gustavo Barbona (Raiano-ITA), 7-Fernando Wilhelm (River Plate), 11-Esteban Gonzalez (Racing Club)
Forwards (6): 3-Martin Enriquez (AABB-BRA), 8-Hernan Garcias (Nepi-ITA), 9-Rodrigo Petillo (Ponzio Pescara-ITA), 10-Marcelo Gimenez (Seep Luparense-ITA), 13-Pablo Ranieri (Arsignano Griffo-ITA), 14-Cristian Bresciani (Nepi-ITA)

U.S. vs. UKRAINE QUICK HITS:
- The Ukraine finished as runner up at the 2003 European Championships to Italy by a 2-1 margin.
- To qualify for the Futsal World Championship, Ukraine eased past Kazakhstan and Andorra in qualifying Group 4 before a 7-2 aggregate victory over Belarus in the final playoff.
- 56-year-old head coach Gennady Lysenchuk leads Ukraine. He is best known as a former top player for domestic clubs Odessa and Dnjepropetrowsk early in the 1980s.
- Ukraine won a tight battle for second place in Group A, with a 5-4 victory over Egypt in their second match the deciding game. Their leading scorer is Ramis Mansurov with three goals in three games.
- Ukraine finished fourth at the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Championship, the last time the U.S. had appeared in the event.

Ukraine Roster
Goalkeepers: 1-Olexiy Popov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 12-Vasyl Sukhomlinov (Alexandr Kharkiv), 14-Kostyantyn Vlasenko (Enakievez Enakievo)
Defenders: 5-Oleg Shaytanov (Interkas Kyiv), 6-Ramis Mansurov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 7-Georgii Melnikov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 11- Fedir Pylypiv (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Midfielders: 3-Vitaliy Nesteruk (Energy Chernigov), 8-Olexandr Kosenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), 9-Vitaliy Brunko (Energy Lviv)
Forwards (4): 2-Sergiy Sytin (Shakhtar Donetsk), 4-Sergiy Koridze (Spartak Shelkovo-RUS), 10-Igor Moskvychov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 13-Artem Kovalyov (Alexandr Kharkiv)

Second Group Stage
Group F          Group E
Brazil               Spain
Argentina          Italy
Ukraine              Czech Republic 
United States    Portugal

Date Match    Venue; City    Local/ET
Nov. 28 Brazil vs. Ukraine  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 4 p.m. / 3 a.m.
Nov. 28 Argentina vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 28 Spain vs. Czech Rep.   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 4 p.m. / 3 a.m.
Nov. 28 Italy vs. Portugal  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Brazil vs. Argentina  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Ukraine vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Nov. 29 Spain vs. Italy   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Czech Rep. vs. Portugal  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  Brazil vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Dec. 1  Ukraine vs. Argentina  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Dec. 1  Spain vs. Portugal  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  Czech Rep. vs. Italy  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.


Final First Stage Standings/Results:
Group A
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ESP 3 3 0 0 9 19 0 +19
UKR 3 2 1 0 6 12 8 +4
EGY 3 1 2 0 3 16 12 +4
TPE 3 0 3 0 0 2 29 -27

Group A Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   
Nov. 21 Chinese Taipei 0, Egypt 12 
 Spain 2, Ukraine 0  
Nov. 23 Chinese Taipei 0, Spain 10 
 Egypt 4, Ukraine 5  
Nov. 25 Ukraine 7, Chinese Taipei 2 
 Egypt 0, Spain 7  

Group B Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
BRA 3 3 0 0 9 23 2 +21
CZE 3 2 1 0 6 8 5 +3
THA 3 1 2 0 3 5 13 -8
AUS 3 0 3 0 0 2 18 -16

Group B Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   
Nov. 22 Australia 0, Brazil 10  
 Czech Republic 2, Thailand 1 
Nov. 24 Australia 0, Czech Republic 5 
 Brazil 9, Thailand 1  
Nov. 26 Thailand 3, Australia 2  
 Brazil 4, Czech Republic 1

Group C Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ITA 3 3 0 0 9 15 5 +10
USA 3 1 1 1 4 7 8 -1
PAR 3 1 2 0 3 8 11 -3
JPN 3 0 2 1 1 5 11 -6

Group C Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result  
Nov. 21 Italy 6, USA 3  
 Paraguay 5, Japan 4 
Nov. 23 USA 3, Paraguay 1 
 Italy 5, Japan 0 
Nov. 25 USA 1, Japan 1  
 Paraguay 2, Italy 4 

Group D Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ARG 3 3 0 0 9 10 1 +9
POR 3 2 1 0 6 9 1 +8
IRN 2 1 1 0 3 9 13 -4
CUB 2 0 2 0 0 3 16 -13

Group D Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   
Nov. 22 Iran 0, Portugal 4  
 Cuba 0, Argentina 3 
Nov. 24 Iran 8, Cuba 3  
 Portugal 0, Argentina 1
Nov. 26 Argentina 6, Iran 1
 Portugal 5, Cuba 0

 
Post-Match Quotes: Futsal Advances to Second Stage Print
US National Futsal Team

Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. 1, Japan 1
Taipei City, Taiwan
Nov. 25, 2004


U.S. Head Coach Keith Tozer:
Opening Comments:
“I’d first like to congratulate Japan. I think they had a wonderful tournament, and they are a tough team. We happened to score first again, which was very important because of how Japan defends. They are strong in taking the middle part of the field away, which made it difficult for us. We knew that they were a team that wasn’t going to quit. When they took their goalkeeper out, they became even more dangerous. We tried to hang on, and we did.”

“I am extremely proud of our team. This is the first time that we have been to the second round in 12 years, and it was a very important tournament for us and we’re looking forward to our next match. In the second round, defense is going to be important but you need to score goals. That’s something that we are going to have to work on and analyze in the next couple of days.”


On the accomplishment and what got the U.S. to this point:
“Since we are a relatively new country to futsal, relative to the amount of futsal that the other countries play, this is a great accomplishment for our team. We said that defense would be what got us into the second round, and I think we played great defense. We scored goals when we needed to score goals, but our defense carried us along with our goalkeepers.”


On the U.S. goals moving forward:
“We have realistic goals. When we first came to Taiwan, we said that we would take things one step at a time and we have done that. 1980 is an important date in our country where the U.S. hockey team beat Russia and they weren’t supposed to. We know that we are an underdog, and we will play as so. We will take one game at a time. What we need to do now is rest for two days, cherish the moment and then start preparing.”


On the U.S. preparations for the World Championship:
“The preparation that we have had for the past two years has been tremendous. We’ve traveled the world. We’ve been to Brazil and had Brazil come to the United States. We’ve played Mexico several times and we have played Honduras and Guatemala. We’ve had our own camps, so this is a very experienced futsal team. Futsal is growing in the United States in the past four to eight years. We know that we won the silver medal in 1992, and there is a gap between where we are and where we were, and we are closing it again. This is a great day for U.S. Soccer, this is a great day for U.S. Futsal and this is a great day for the MISL where the players come from. We’re all united as one in our country as far as futsal is concerned.”


On Japan and the pace of the game:
“We knew it was going to be a good defensive game. Japan is a very quick team. They have gotten better as the tournament has gone on. We know that if we got behind by a one-goal margin it would then be very difficult for us. We had to be patient at the beginning to make sure that we didn’t get behind, we got the goal, and we hung on. Summaries of games after are not important to me. It’s what goes down on paper, and we got one in the win column.


On preparing to play Japan:
“We’ve done a lot of scouting for this tournament. We saw Japan play on tape prior to coming here, and we saw the two games that they played here. What happens when you have some of the top coaches in the world, it’s called preparation. I think everyone prepares a lot here, and we did too. And we are going to prepare even more.”


U.S. goalkeeper Brett Phillips

On the game:
“The team knew the importance of this game. Not knowing the result of the Italy game, we knew that we needed to come out to win. We knew our team defense and our ability to find our targets was going to win the game for us. Fortunately, we were able to get one goal early, and we missed some opportunities late that could have put the game out of reach. We scrambled for the last five minutes, but we are moving on.”


On the Japan goal:
“They had the guy posting up in front of me, and they drilled the ball across. He directed it with his left hand. It was crowded there so it was probably tough for the referee to see, but from my view it was a handball. Other than that, we did a good job containing [Kenichiro Kogure]. He is a very good player. Our defenders did well to deny him the ball. We made it tough of them once they did get possession.”


On advance to the second stage:
“Our first goal here was to get out of the first round. We don’t know who we have yet in the second bracket, but we’ve got three more games to finish top two, and then we will be in the top four in the world.”


U.S. midfielder Andy Guastaferro:

On advancing to the next stage:
“It’s exciting to advance into the top eight. To come out here and prove to the rest of the world that we can play with the best teams in the world is great for the U.S. Every team here has been tough.”


On coming back to the lineup after missing the first game:
“Coach had some tough decisions to make with the lineup because everyone here is a good player, with experience in futsal and MISL. I understood the decision, but of course I wanted to be out there. When he called on me to play in the second game, I took advantage of the opportunity against Paraguay. To play tonight it was exciting because this is such an important game.”


On scoring only goal for the U.S. vs. Japan:
“To cap it off with a goal that gave us a tie, to be able to contribute that way is always great, but everyone has a role. Everyone played hard and played well defensively, and we had a lot of opportunities and could have score more. It just happened to be me to make the most of an opportunity and score the goal tonight.”


U.S. captain & defender Sean Bowers:
On advancing to the final eight:
“It’s a great feeling after eight years ago in Spain being younger and not knowing what it is all about. I’ve been here just as long as Tozer has been here, and we’ve been trying to get to this World Cup and now we’re top eight in the world. It’s almost like the outdoor team did. They are top eight in the world, and now so are we. I think we put futsal on the map in the United States and hopefully we can build on it. We’re not done yet. We are looking to make the final four now.”


On playing against Japan’s fifth attacker for the final five minutes:
“It’s hard in any sport – our indoor soccer or futsal – when your opponent is playing a man up. They did it pretty well, and we blocked a lot of shots and they got a freaky goal that made it 1-1. Brett (Phillips) came up big all night. He had the big save and then we went down and scored our first goal. Everybody played well tonight. It was a great game in a great atmosphere, and obviously a great result for us.”
 

On potentially playing Argentina, Portugal, Ukraine and Brazil in the second stage:
“Those are the big boys. The good thing is that we are grouped in with them. The USA is with the Brazil, with Ukraine and with Argentina. We just need to take one game at a time. We need to look at tape. The coaching staff has done a good job of breaking all the teams down, so we just have to play good team defense and that is what we did tonight."

 
U.S. in Position to Qualify for Second Stage of FIFA Futsal World Championship Print
US National Futsal Team

U.S. Futsal National Team
Game Notes – U.S. vs. Japan
Taipei City, Taiwan
Nov. 24, 2004

U.S. FACES JAPAN WITH SECOND ROUND IN SIGHT: The U.S. will conclude group play of the FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004 on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. local time as the team changes venues to the National Taipei University to face Japan. The U.S. could still advance with a loss, but the most scenarios that have the U.S. advancing include winning or tying with help from Italy. At the same time as the U.S. match, Italy and Paraguay will play the other final match from Group C in Linkou Gymnasium. Thursday’s USA match will be available live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The game will be broadcast on tape delay at midnight ET, 11 p.m. CT and midnight PT on Galavision. The U.S. is now tied for second in Group C with three points along with Paraguay. Italy is in the top position with six points and a +8 goal differential. The U.S. leads Paraguay for the second spot by virtue of their head to head victory, the fourth tiebreaker. Below are the scenarios for the U.S. to advance to the next stage:

U.S. CLINCHING SCENARIOS:
? U.S. wins, and Paraguay doesn't win.
? U.S. ties, and Italy wins.
? U.S. ties, and Italy-Paraguay ties: U.S. would advance if there are more goals in our game.
? U.S. wins, and Paraguay wins: U.S. would advance if the team wins by more goals than Paraguay (and if the differential is the same, the U.S. must score more goals than Paraguay).
? U.S. loses, and Paraguay loses: U.S. would advance if the team can finish with a better goal-differential than both Paraguay and Japan.

U.S. ELIMINATION SCENARIOS:
? U.S. ties, and Paraguay wins.
? U.S. loses, and Paraguay wins or ties.
? U.S. loses, and Paraguay loses: U.S. eliminated if they do not end up with a better goal-differential than both Paraguay and Japan.
? U.S. wins, and Paraguay wins: U.S. eliminated if Paraguay wins by more goals than the U.S.  (and if the differential is the same, the U.S. is eliminated if Paraguay scores as many or more goals).

JAPAN DROPS FIRST TWO GAMES: Japan opened the World Championship with a 5-4 loss to Paraguay, and then followed that up with a 5-0 defeat to Japan. Currently without any points, Japan needs a win by Italy and a win over the U.S. to still stay alive. If both were to happen, Japan would need to improve their –6 goal differential to better than the –1 of the U.S. and Paraguay. Top striker Kenichiro Kogure found the scoring sheet twice vs. Paraguay, while Rikarudo Higa and Yoshifumi Maeda each scored once. Hisamitsu Kawahara has been in goal for Japan in both games.

A LOOK AT JAPAN: This will be the first meeting between the U.S. and Japan. Against other teams from Asia, the U.S. has a record of 5-0 with a 31-5 goal difference, including a 4-2 victory over Iran at the 1992 World Championship. Japan finished as runners up at the AFC Futsal Championship, rolling into the final with a 6-0-0 record including 46 goals for and just five against. Their only loss, however, came in the final to regional power Iran by a 5-3 margin that was not as close as the scoreboard indicated. Kogure was the team's top scorer with eight goals, and experienced Brazilian coach Sérgio Aguiar Guimarães Filho (Sapo) leads the team. Japan is one of a few teams in the tournament we less international experience than the U.S., as their leading cap winner is Kogure with 17 caps (and a team best 14 goals)

Japan Roster
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Hisamitsu Kawahara (Tahara), 12-Hisao Sadanaga (Fire Fox), 14-Ryota Ishiwata (Sharks)
Defenders (3): 2-Takuya Suzumura (Mag's Futsal Club), 5-Rikarudo Higa (FC Ryukyu), 6-Osamu Nambata (Fire Fox)
Midfielders (4): 3-Yoshifumi Maeda (Cascavel Tokyo), 4-Yusuke Komiyama (Fire Fox), 8-Kenta Fugii (Mag's Futsal Club), 13-Kensuke Takahashi (Predator)
Forwards (4): 7-Yuki Kanayama (Cascavel Tokyo), 9-Daisuke Ono (Futuro Futsal), 10-Kenichiro Kogure (Fire Fox), 11-Kiyoshi Sagane (Predator)

CHANGE OF VENUE: So that the U.S. vs. Japan and Paraguay vs. Italy matches could be staged at the same time so that neither team would be able to know what result they needed to advance, the U.S. will play in a new venue for their final group match. The U.S. had their final training before the match at the National Taipei University New Gymnasium, a sparkling facility located in the heart of Taipei City’s estimated 2.7 million residents. Much smaller than Linkou Gymnasium where the first two matches were played, the New Gymnasium has a capacity of just over 5,000 fans and will provide a more intimate setting for the match. Visit ussoccer.com to see photos of the U.S. training at the new venue as well as photos from the Paraguay match. Link: /articles/viewArticle.jsp_1278585.html

TOURNAMENT UPDATE: Each team is now down to their final game, and only two teams – Thailand and Australia from Group B – are out of the running. Chinese Taipei and Cuba, while still technically alive, would have to overcome insurmountable goal differentials to advance. If the tournament ended today, the United States would be placed in Group E with Egypt, Brazil and Argentina. Egypt is holding onto second place in Group A, but the Ukraine should overtake them for second place with an almost expected blowout win over the hosts on the final match day.

Group C Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ITA 2 2 0 0 6 11 3 +8
USA 2 1 1 0 3 6 7 -1
PAR 2 2 0 0 3 6 7 -1
JPN 2 0 2 0 0 4 10 -6

Group C Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result  Venue; City      Local/ET TV Delay: ET - CT - PT
Nov. 21 Italy 6, USA 3  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County    -  -
 Paraguay 5, Japan 4 Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County    -  -
Nov. 23 USA 3, Paraguay 1 Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County -  -
Italy 5, Japan 0  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County -  -
Nov. 25 USA vs. Japan  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m. 12 a.m. - 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Paraguay vs. Italy Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.

Group A
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ESP 2 1 0 0 6 12 0 +12
EGY 2 1 1 0 3 16 5 +11
UKR 2 1 1 0 3 5 6 -1
TPE 2 0 2 0 0 0 22 -22

Group A Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   Venue; City      Local/ET 
Nov. 21 Chinese Taipei 0, Egypt 12 National Taiwan University; Taipei City
 Spain 2, Ukraine 0  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
Nov. 23 Chinese Taipei 0, Spain 10 National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
 Egypt 4, Ukraine 5  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
Nov. 25 Ukraine vs. Chinese Taipei National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
 Egypt vs. Spain   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.

Group B Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
BRA 2 2 0 0 6 19 1 +18
CZE 2 2 0 0 6 7 1 +6
THA 2 0 2 0 0 2 11 -9
AUS 2 0 2 0 0 0 15 -15

Group B Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   Venue; City      Local/ET 
Nov. 22 Australia 0, Brazil 10  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
 Czech Republic 2, Thailand 1 National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
Nov. 24 Australia 0, Czech Republic 5 National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
 Brazil 9, Thailand 1  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 
Nov. 26 Thailand vs. Australia  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
 Brazil vs. Czech Republic Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.

Group D Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ARG 2 2 0 0 6 4 0 +4
POR 2 1 1 0 3 4 1 +3
IRN 2 1 1 0 3 8 7 +1
CUB 2 0 2 0 0 3 11 -8

Group D Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   Venue; City      Local/ET 
Nov. 22 Iran 0, Portugal 4  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 
 Cuba 0, Argentina 3  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 
Nov. 24 Iran 8, Cuba 3   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 
 Portugal 0, Argentina 1  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 
Nov. 26 Argentina vs. Iran  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
 Portugal vs. Cuba  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.

Second Group Stage
Group E Group F
1st B  1st A
1st D  1st C
2nd A  2nd B 
2nd C  2nd D

Date Match    Venue; City    Local/ET
Nov. 28 1st B vs. 2nd A   National Taiwan University; Taipei City 4 p.m. / 3 a.m.
Nov. 28 1st D vs. 2nd C   National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 28 1st A vs. 2nd B   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 4 p.m. / 3 a.m.
Nov. 28 1st C vs. 2nd D   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 1st B vs. 1st D   National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 2nd A vs. 2nd C   National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Nov. 29 1st A vs. 1st C   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 2nd B vs. 2nd D   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  1st B vs. 2nd C   National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Dec. 1  2nd A vs. 1st D   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Dec. 1  1st A vs. 2nd D   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  2nd B vs. 1st C   National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.

 
Roster Selected for FIFA Futsal World Championship Print
US National Futsal Team

CHICAGO (Oct. 27, 2004) — United States Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer has announced the 14-player roster for the FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004 in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5.

“It’s one of the most exciting times for everyone involved. It’s not everyday that you get to coach or play in a world cup for your country,” said Tozer, who leads the team into his first FIFA event with a 20-10-6 record as head coach. “We understand that for us to be successful, defense is probably going to be the most important factor going over to Chinese Taipei. Our preparation, both prior to and during the competition, will also be a main factor.

“It’s extremely important that we have had a lot of competition over the last two years. We’ve been to Los Angeles twice to play Mexico and Guatemala. We’ve had Honduras here in Milwaukee, we’ve had a trip to Brazil, we’ve had several different training camps and I think that our preparation is on track for the world championship.”

All but one of the 14 players on the U.S. roster play in the MISL, with retired Baltimore Blast goalkeeper Scott Hileman the only player not active in the league this season. The players heading to Chinese Taipei represent eight MISL teams, who will release their players for the length of the tournament.

The Milwaukee Wave lead all teams with four representatives on the squad, while the Philadelphia Kixx and San Diego Sockers send two each. The Baltimore Blast, Chicago Storm, Cleveland Force, Kansas City Comets and St. Louis Steamers will each be represented by one player.

The roster features 12 players with experience in CONCACAF world championship qualifying matches this year, and 10 of the 14 players traveled to Costa Rica in late July as the U.S. won the CONCACAF Futsal Championship while qualifying for the Taipei Tournament.

U.S. captain Sean Bowers is the only player with previous experience in a FIFA Futsal World Championship, having traveled to Spain for the 1996 tournament. The second most capped player in team history with 29 appearances, Bowers anchors the U.S. defense and has scored five international goals.

The longest tenured player on the squad is goalkeeper Brett Phillips, who made his first appearance on Feb. 1, 1995 in a 7-4 victory vs. Australia. Phillips, who is expected to split time in net with Hileman, was honored as the top goalkeeper of the 2004 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

The U.S. will depart for Chinese Taipei on Nov. 14 and their first game will be played one week later. The U.S., which qualified by winning the 2004 CONCACAF Futsal Championship in July in Costa Rica, was drawn into Group C with Italy, Japan and Paraguay. The U.S. opens play in Tao Yuan County on Nov. 21 vs. Italy, and will play their second match vs. Paraguay on Nov. 23. The U.S. will close group play vs. Japan on Nov. 25 in Taipei City, the nation’s capital. The top two teams from each of four groups advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, which will begin on Nov. 27

With their appearance in November, the U.S. will have taken part in four of the five FIFA Futsal World Championships after missing out in 2000. At the first two World Championship events in 1989 and 1992, the U.S. finished third and second, respectively. The 1989 team was the first at any level for men or women to place in the top three at a FIFA event since the 1930 men's World Cup team.  Beaten in the final by Brazil in 1992 by a 4-1 margin, the U.S. Futsal team posted the best finish of any U.S. Soccer men’s team at a FIFA event.

Futsal is a derivative of soccer played with five-man teams on a basketball style court, with no walls and a low bouncing ball, unlike the traditional sport of U.S. indoor soccer played with a six-man squads and walls. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico and Ronaldo grew up playing the game and credit futsal with helping to develop their skills.

U.S. Futsal Roster
FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004
Chinese Taipei – Nov. 21-Dec. 5, 2004

Roster by Position:
Goalkeepers (2): Scott Hileman, Brett Phillips (St. Louis Steamers)
Defenders (3): Sean Bowers (San Diego Sockers), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast), Pat White (Milwaukee Wave);
Midfielders (7): John Ball (Cleveland Force), Jamar Beasley (Kansas City Comets), Steve Butcher (San Diego Sockers), Andy Guastaferro (Chicago Storm), Pat Morris (Philadelphia Kixx), Joel Shanker (Philadelphia Kixx), Johnny Torres (Milwaukee Wave)
Forwards (2): Todd Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave), Greg Howes (Milwaukee Wave)

Alternates: Don D’Ambra (Philadelphia Kixx), Giuliano Celenza (Baltimore Blast), Nino DaSilva (St. Louis Steamers), Jeff Davis (Kansas City Comets), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave), Bryan Finnerty, Danny Kelly (Baltimore Blast), Nino Marcantonio (Milwaukee Wave), Chris Morman (Milwaukee Wave), Matt Schmidt (Milwaukee Wave), Brian Soell (Kansas City Comets), Matt Tanzini (Kansas City Comets), Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave)

Team Staff
Head Coach: Keith Tozer (Mequon, Wis.)
Assistant Coach: Vilmar “Vava” Marques (Mountain View, Calif.)
Head of Delegation: Alex Para (Berkeley, Calif.)
Team Coordinator: Bryan Koch (Greenfield, Wis.)
Medical Trainers: Michael McCormick (Chicago, Ill.), Jeff Thomas  (Chicago, Ill.)
Team Physician: Dave Garelick (Chicago, Ill.), Geoffrey Kuhlman (Willowbrook, Ill.)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown Club Caps/G
Ball, John M/D 5-11 165 11/05/72 Newtown, Conn. Cleveland Force 14/2
Beasley, Jamar M 5-10 160 10/11/79 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Kansas City Comets 3/0
Bowers, Sean D 6-2 185 08/12/68 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Sockers 29/5
Butcher, Steve M/F 6-2 180 04/15/78 N. Tonowanda, N.Y. San Diego Sockers 7/4
Dusosky, Todd F 6-0 200 05/12/76 Anoka, Minn. Milwaukee Wave 12/4
Guastaferro, Andy M/F 5-10 175 11/24/77 Canandaigua, N.Y. Chicago Storm 9/4
Hileman, Scott GK 6-1 176 11/05/72 Phoenix, Ariz. -- 5/0
Howes, Greg F/M 6-0 185 03/26/77 Tacoma, Wash. Milwaukee Wave 9/5
Morris, Pat M/D 5-9 170 06/06/77 Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia Kixx 5/4
Phillips, Brett GK 5-11 205 12/27/68 Syracuse, N.Y. St. Louis Steamers 14/0
Shanker, Joel M 5-9 165 08/14/71 St. Louis, Mo. Philadelphia Kixx 13/7
Torres, Johnny M 5-7 150 04/24/76 Omaha, Neb. Milwaukee Wave 7/4
Tschantret, Lee D 5-9 160 04/10/69 New York, N.Y. Baltimore Blast 21/6
White, Pat D 5-10 175 07/14/74 Milwaukee, Wis. Milwaukee Wave 17/6
 
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