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Futsal Announces 12-Player Pan-American Games Roster Print
US National Futsal Team
CHICAGO (July 6, 2007) – U.S. Futsal Head Coach Keith Tozer has selected a roster of 12 players to compete in the 2007 Pan American Games beginning July 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Futsal was chosen by the Pan American Games hosts, Brazil, as a special exhibition sport and is part of the games for the first time.

Eight teams will compete in two groups, with the U.S. drawn with Argentina, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The U.S. will play its group matches on consecutive days, beginning July 23. Placement matches will then be played on July 27 and 28, with all eight teams playing five games each.

The 12-player roster includes five players – Brett Phillips, Pat Morris, Jamar Beasley, John Ball and Lee Tschantret – who were part of the U.S. team that finished seventh at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

All 12 players on the roster play in the Major Indoor Soccer League, with the Milwaukee Wave contributing four players. The 2006-2007 MISL-champion Philadelphia KiXX send two players, in Morris and player/coach Don D’Ambra. John Ball is playing in the United Soccer Leagues First Division this summer with the Rochester Raging Rhinos.

The U.S. has a 2-2-1 record all-time vs. Argentina, including a close-fought 2-1 loss at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup. The U.S. has a 2-0-0 record vs. Costa Rica, with victories coming at the CONCACAF Futsal Tournament in 1996 and 2004. The U.S. will face Ecuador for the first time.

The U.S. has a 0-4-0 record in 2007 after international trips to face Brazil and Spain, and losing twice to each opponent. Spain is reigning World Champion, while Brazil finished in third place in 2004 and are regarded as the best team in the Americas.

The U.S. has played more matches in Brazil than in any country, including the U.S., and will play its 25th all-time match in the nation that invented the game on July 23 when the tournament opens.

U.S. Futsal Pan-American Games Team
Roster by Position 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave), Brett Phillips (Milwaukee Wave) 
DEFENDERS (3): Pat Morris (Philadelphia KiXX), Joe Hammes (Milwaukee Wave), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave) 
MIDFIELDERS (4): Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition), John Ball (Rochester Raging Rhinos - USL1), Matt Stewart (Chicago Storm), Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast)
FORWARDS (3): Don D'Ambra (Philadephia KiXX), Enrique Tovar (California Cougars), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast)

U.S. Futsal Schedule – Pan-American Games
Date         Opponent                      Venue
July 23     Argentina                      Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 24     Ecuador                        Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 25     Costa Rica                   Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 27     Placement Match        Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 28     Placement Match        Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


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  • Question 1:
    During the half-time interval, a player changes places with the goalkeeper without informing the referees. The new goalkeeper palms the ball away for a corner kick when it was going into his goal. What action should the referees take?
    (a)Award a penalty and send the new goalkeeper off.
    (b)Allow the goal and send off both players involved in the change the next time play is stopped.
    (c)Award an indirect free kick to the opposing team and caution both players involved in the change.
    (d)Award a corner kick to the attacking team and caution both players involved in the change.
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    If extra time has to be played in a match, is it necessary to call the toss again in order to decide who takes the kick-off andwhich goal will be attacked?
    (b)No, the team that took the kick-off in the first half of the match takes it in the first half of extra time.
    (c)No, never.
    (d)No, the toss is only carried out if the captains of both teams can not reach an agreement.
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