The barnstorming US National Arena Soccer Team (USNAST) is back in action this week with games on Thursday at Family Arena in St. Charles, MO and Saturday at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, IA against the Mexican National Futbol Rapido Team.
The US is preparing to defend their WMF World Cup title in Tunisia this October, but has had a bumpy summer, going 2-4 on their tour. Coach Phil Salvagio’s team is 1-2 against Mexico in that stretch, but won the last meeting, 7-6, on May 13.
This weekend, the US will arguably have more firepower at their disposal than they did in recent games in Boise, ID and West Valley City, UT. Three time league MVP Kraig Chiles returns to the squad as well as 40-goal scorer Taylor Bond and Joey Tavernese, who has averaged more than a goal per game in his last three MASL seasons.
New teammates Bond, who signed this offseason with the Cedar Rapids Rampage, and regular USNAST fixture Gordy Gurson, clicked in their last game together, the MASL International Challenge, which was also played at Family Arena in June.
Also joining the roster this week is All-MASL First Team defender John Sosa, who will join 2016/17 MASL Defender of the Year Stephen Basso and Joshio Sandoval in the back.
The St. Louis Ambush, who call Family Arena home, will be represented on the USNAST roster by Corey Adamson and Richard Schmermund.
Mexico will be led by 51-goal scorer Christian Gutierrez and Luis Alonso “Negro” Sandoval, who is a former Mexican international player outdoors, and has played for several Liga MX teams including Chivas Guadalajara.
Veterans of Coach Rene Ortiz’s team include Victor Quiroz, Angel Curiel and Bogar Moreno. Jesus Flores and former Atlas goalkeeper Alan Lopez will share time in goal for Mexico.
|USA||Player||Height||Weight||Hometown||Last or Current Team|
|GK||Boris Pardo||6’0″||190||Queens, NY||San Diego Sockers|
|GK||Piotr Sliwa||6’1″||190||Debica, Poland||Florida Tropics|
|F||Kraig Chiles||5’11”||185||Poway, CA||San Diego Sockers|
|F||Taylor Bond||6’2″||200||St. Charles, IL||Cedar Rapids Rampage|
|F||Joey Tavernese||5’9″||160||Garden City, NY||Syracuse Silver Knights|
|MF||Gordy Gurson||5’6″||145||Buffalo Grove, IL||Cedar Rapids Rampage|
|MF||Matt Clare||6’1″||170||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||San Diego Sockers|
|MF||Lucas Rodriguez||5’8″||160||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Kansas City Comets|
|MF||Bryan Perez||5’9″||165||San Jose, Costa Rica||Kansas City Comets|
|MF||Tony Aguilar||5’7″||140||Hammond, IL||Cedar Rapids Rampage|
|MF||Bobby Hurwitz||5’8″||155||Rolling Meadows, IL||Cedar Rapids Rampage|
|D||Stephen Basso||6’0″||165||Columbia, MD||Harrisburg Heat|
|D||John Sosa||5’9″||175||Medellin, Colombia||Kansas City Comets|
|D||Joshio Sandoval||5’8″||152||Hammond, IL||Cedar Rapids Rampage|
|D||Corey Adamson||5’7″||155||Clearwater, FL||St. Louis Ambush|
|D||Richard Schmermund||6’2″||180||St. Louis, MO||St. Louis Ambush|
|D||Derek Huffman||6’0″||180||Elgin, IL||Cedar Rapids Rampage|
|General Manager||Bernie Lilavois|
|Head Coach||Phil Salvagio|
|Mexico||Player||Height||Weight||Hometown||Last or Current Team|
|MF||Luis Alonso “Negro” Sandoval||5’9″||145||Guadalajara||Chicago Mustangs|
|MF||Angel Curiel||5’10”||145||Tulancingo||Milwaukee Wave|
|MF||Brandon Escoto||5’4″||144||Tijuana||San Diego Sockers|
|MF||Christian Gutierrez||5’9″||175||Tijuana||El Paso Coyotes|
|MF||Bogar Moreno||143||Distrito Federal||Chicago Mustangs|
|D||Victor Quiroz||5’7″||149||Mexico City||San Diego Sockers|
|D||Edwin Rojas||5’7″||175||Mexico City||Chicago Mustangs|
|F||Osvaldo Rojas||5’9″||180||Tuxpan||Chicago Mustangs|
|F||Alexis Camarena||5’6″||160||Morelia||Chicago Mustangs|
|D||Carlos Avina||5’8″||155||Mexico City||Chicago Mustangs|
|GK||Jesus Flores||5’10”||170||Guadalajara||Chicago Mustangs|
|GK||Alan Lopez||6’2″||181||Guadalajara||Venados FC|
|Head Coach||Rene Ortiz|
|Assistant Coach||Victor Melendez|