Overland Park, Kan. (July 21, 2016) - U.S. Youth Futsal has announced the rosters for its youth national teams that will travel to Colombia this month for a series of international friendlies.
After a year-long identification process that concluded with a National I.D. Event earlier this month, player pools were announced in the following birth years: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000-01 and 1998-99. The older teams will travel to Colombia while the younger teams will travel to another event later in the year.
"We have some truly outstanding young players in this year's player pool," noted U.S. Youth Futsal Director of Coaching Ty Stauffer. "I look forward to seeing them compete against international competition."
Colombian opponents include Bello Florida, Bello Fontidueno, Pinas Club, Real Antioquia, Seleccion Intercolegiados, Seleccion Itagui and Tecnologico Antioquia.
The teams will stay in Medellin, one of three cities that will host the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, and train and play at the Estadio Tulio Ospina in Bello, just north of the city and home to Real Antioquia of the Liga Argos men's professional Futsal league.
The visit will include one day of training and one day of team-building adventure prior to the three match days, plus a gap day for rest and local sightseeing.
The coaching staff heading to Colombia is helmed by Ty Stauffer and Director of Goalkeeping Otto Orf as well as Program Director Soorena Farboodmanesh. It includes Jeffrey Lamy, Jason Miller and Jose Fabian Rodriguez.
The U.S. Youth Futsal National Teams that will travel to Colombia:
U.S. Youth Futsal U18 Boys
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hamza Ababneh (Midlothian, Vir.), Austin Iddon (Jeannette, Pa.),
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Alec Bakkeby (San Diego), Pablo Blanco (Holland, Mich.), Aidan Dorton (Kansas City, Mo.), Josue Galvez (San Francisco), Elias Humel (Henderson, Ky.), Jerman Juarez (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Ryan Palmbaum (Roseville, Calif.), Sagan Patarroyo-White (Lexington, Mass.), Matthew Sherman (Pinckney, Mich.), Paul Whitener (Kansas City, Mo.)
COACH: Otto Orf (Kent, Ohio)
U.S. Youth Futsal U16 Boys
GOALKEEPERS (2): Raul Aguilar Lizarraga (San Diego), Owen Finnerty (Walled Lake, Mich.)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Joel Bustamante (Chula Vista, Calif.), Johan Gomez (Keller, Texas), Conner Hollett (Hudson, Ohio), Jonah Moore (Stafford, Va.), Elias Ordonez (Cincinnati), Esai Palacios (San Diego), Byron Peng (Coppell, Texas), Joseph Raasch (Germantown, Wisc.), Alexander Vivar (San Diego), Szabolcs Wiksell (Richfield, Ohio)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (8): Tiffany Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.), Taylor Carter (West Friendship, Md.), Sunniva Dunagan (Saint Paul, Minn.), Tabitha Galliani (Manassas, Va.), Felicia Knox (Shawnee, Kan.), Emily Sanders (Coram, N.Y.), Rachel Schleicher (Charlotte, N.C.), Caitlin Violet (Oak Hill, Va.)
COACH: Jason Miller (Sudbury, Mass.)
U.S. Youth Futsal U14 Boys
GOALKEEPERS (2): Derek Liguori (McMurray, Pa.), Carter Watson (TOWN)
OUTFIELD PLAYERS (10): Nicholas Barzacchini (Avon, Ohio), Will Bencic (West Chester, Ohio), Micah Gundale (Minneapolis), Luke High (Lenexa, Kan.), Tucker Lepley (Charlotte, N.C.), Christian Nydegger (Highland, Utah), Arquimides Ordonez (Cincinnati), Daniel Vrablic (Avon, Ohio), Nathan Vrablic (Avon, Ohio), Aidan Wolf (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
2000-01 boys: Raul Aguilar Lizarraga, Alec Bakkeby, Brandon Barrera, Joel Bustamante, Owen Finnerty, Johan Gomez, Conner Hollett, T.J. Manning, Jonah Moore, Elias Ordonez, Esai Palacios, Ryan Palmbaum, Byron Peng, Joseph Raasch, Jacob Statires, Ishmael Uno, Alexander Vivar, Szabolcs Wiksell.
1998-99 boys: Hamza Ababneh, Ian Abel, Moses Bawibbiklian, Pablo Blanco, Carlos Bravo, Aidan Dorton, Johnny Duldner, Josue Galvez, Elias Humel, Austin Iddon, Jerman Juarez, Roman Knox, Alberto Martinez, Sagan Patarroyo-White, Matthew Sherman, Coleman Smith, Paul Whitener.
United States Youth Futsal is the largest U.S. Soccer affiliated futsal organization in the country. Launched in 2004, U.S. Youth Futsal oversees more than 90 local leagues across the country, sanctions 8 Regional Championships and a National Championship. USYF is the leader in Futsal player development and Futsal coaching education by offering the Futsal I.D. program, the U.S. Youth Futsal National Teams along with Coaching and Referee training clinics.