The US National Arena Soccer Team and Mexican National Futbol Rapido Team jointly announced their rosters for Thursday’s international exhibition game at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Both teams will have a fresh look with VcMor Eligwe, Cody Ellis, Kiley Couch, and Antonio Manfut making their USNAST debuts, and an influx of Soles de Sonora players joining their Soles coach Luis Jaime Borrego, who is filling in for Rene Ortiz on this trip.

Regular fixtures returning for the US include Gordy Gurson, the Ernie Banks (“Let’s play two!”) of arena soccer, as well as goalkeeper Boris Pardo and forwards Matt Clare and Taylor Bond.

“We are continuing to look at some new faces and see if they fit into our World Cup plans,” said USNAST General Manager Bernie Lilavois, who will step in for Head Coach Phil Salvagio for one night. “For four players this will be their first ever call up (Eligwe, Ellis, Couch and Manfut) and Joey (Kapinos) is back in the mix after being on World Cup roster in 2015.”

Mexico will be led once again by Christian Gutierrez, plus the additions of Daniel Lopez and Enrique Canez.

Thursday’s game is the first of four final tune-up games for the USNAST before they leave for Tunisia on October 4 to compete in the WMF World Cup. The US and Mexico will mix it up three more times: Sunday in El Paso, Texas, September 22 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and September 23 in Denver, Colorado.

Sunday’s rosters will vary slightly and will be released on Saturday.

Mexican National Futbol Rapido Team Current or Last Team
Bernaldino Valdovinos GK Atlético Atizapán Dragons
Cristian Segura M Soles de Sonora
Raymundo Contreras D San Diego Sockers
Daniel Lopez M Soles de Sonora
Enrique Cañez F Soles de Sonora
Christian Gutierrez M El Paso Coyotes
Daniel Villela M El Paso Coyotes
Ernesto Luna D El Paso Coyotes
Manuel Rojo D El Paso Coyotes
Cesar Cerda D San Diego Sockers
Francisco Dorame M Soles de Sonora
Juan Carlos Gonzalez M Ontario Fury
Acting Head Coah Luis Jaime Borrego Soles de Sonora
USNAST Current or Last Team
Joey Kapinos GK Ontario Fury
Boris Pardo GK San Diego Sockers
Uzi Tayou D Soles de Sonora
Matt Germain D Turlock Express
Cody Ellis D Dallas Sidekicks
Kiley Couch D Dallas Sidekicks
Gordy Gurson M Cedar Rapids Rampage
Andy Reyes M Ontario Fury
Matt Clare M San Diego Sockers
Antonio Manfut M Brownsville Barracudas
Taylor Bond F Cedar Rapids Rampage
VcMor Eligwe F Dallas Sidekicks
Acting Head Coach Bernie Lilavois Ontario Fury
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