OVERLAND PARK, KAN. (July 21, 2015) -- U.S. Youth Futsal has announced the rosters for its teams that will travel to Costa Rica later this month for a series of international friendlies.
After a year-long identification process 72 players were selected to represent the United States in Costa Rica, where the U.S. Youth Futsal U18, U16 and U14 boys and girls teams will compete from July 30 to Aug. 1. Later this year a contingent of 48 youth futsal players in the U13 and U12 age groups will visit Canada.
Participants were selected after attending Regional I.D. Camps throughout the nation last fall and winter and the National I.D. Camp earlier this month.
Costa Rican opponents include Colegio Alajuela, Colegio Ezcazu, Colegio Santa Ana, Colegio Santo Domingo and CTP Lindora.
Teams will stay in San Jose, the host nations capital, and train and play at the official training center of the Costa Rican National Futsal Teams. The visit will include one day of training and one day of team-building adventure activities prior to the three match days.
The coaching staff is helmed by Director of Goalkeeping Mark Litton and Director of Futsal I.D. Soorena Farboodmanesh. It includes Craig Canavan, Jason Miller, Otto Orf & Ty Stauffer.
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Hunter Baird (Owensboro, Ky.), Carlos Bravo (Smyrna, Tenn.), Elias Humel (Henderson, Ky.), Igor Ibrahimkadic (Louisville, Ky.), Alex Kaddah (Blue Springs, Mo.), John Leisman (Kansas City, Mo.), Alexis Mendez (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Cesar Rivera (Naples, Fla.), James Scott (San Francisco), Paul Whitener (Kansas City, Mo.)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nick Chiappa (MIlwaukee), David Merola (Overland Park, Kan.)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Alec Bakkeby (San Diego), Pablo Blanco (Holland, Mich.), Ilias Boujlil (West Chester, Ohio), Eric Valentine Calvillo (Manassas, Va.), Jovanni Garcia (Kentwood, Mich.), Roman Knox (Shawnee, Kan.), Edmond Max Rugova (Overland Park, Kan.), Cole Russell (Brighton, Mich.), Mason Visconti (Lees Summit, Mo.), Alexander Vivar (San Diego)
U.S. Youth Futsal 1999-00 (Under-16) Girls
GOALKEEPERS (2): Victoria Cruz (Duncanville, Texas), Alexa Gardner (Atco, N.J.)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Suniva Dunagan (St. Paul, Minn.), Cara Easter (Weare, N.H.), Jordan Hindmarsh (Clinton, Ohio), Nikhita Jacob (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Mikayla Kappes (San Diego), Lauryn Oishi (Honolulu), Emma Ramagnano (Long Grove, Ill.), Brooke Shatney (Weare, N.H.), Emilie Torres (McKinney, Texas), Shelly Vargas (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Mohammad Abualnadi (Leawood, Kan.), Nicholas Barzacchini (Avon, Ohio), Trevor Gee (Charlotte, N.C.), Johan Gomez (Keller, Texas), Takumi Ikeda (Madison, Wis.), Jotaro Koga (Overland Park, Kan.), Oliver Larraz (Denver), Jonathan Ortega (Grand Prairie, Texas), Michael Scavuzzo (San Diego), Yang Scofano II (Charleston, S.C.)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Kaïlé Auvray (Overland Park, Kan.), Will Bencic (West Chester, Ohio), Ian Drake (OFallon, Mo.), Andrew Durkin (Glen Allen, Va.), Jonathan Gomez (Keller, Texas), Christian Nydegger (Highland, Utah), Arquimides Ordonez (Cincinnati), Michael John Petry (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), Blake Pope (Waxhaw, N.C.), Evan Rotundo (La Mesa, Calif.)