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|