The American Association of Soccer 5-6-7 announced the last five roster spots for Saturday’s international exhibition game between the US National Arena Soccer Team and Canada at LC Walker Arena in Muskegon.
Ephraim Beard of the Chicago Mustangs makes his return to the USNAST roster, followed by four players who will be making their first international appearance. Manny Adjei and Marc Hansson of M2’s Cincinnati Swerve will join Aldony Mendez and Adam Clauss of the Muskegon Risers.
Beard, 29, has spent the last four years with the Mustangs. The defender made his indoor debut in 2012/13, playing 27 games with the Chicago Soul, and also played for the Seattle Impact before settling in with the Mustangs.
Hansson, the 26-year old forward, played for the Cincinnati Saints and Dayton Dynamo before joining the Swerve, where he had 16 goals and four assists in just eight M2 games this season.
Adjei, a defender, was born in Ghana and has played the last two seasons with the Swerve, and has also played for the Dynamo outdoors.
Clauss, a midfielder, played four seasons for the Detroit Mercy Titans, where he was team co-captain before joining the Risers, where he scored nine times in 10 games this season.
Mendez was born in Guatemala and played college soccer at Aquinas where he was among the top goals scorers in NAIA. He had seven goals and two assists in seven games this past season with the Risers.
“Traveling around the US and Canada gives us a chance to evaluate players from different levels and helps us keep a pulse on how well players are being developed for arena soccer,” said Lilavois. Through that same process last year Marcus Jordan and Casey Gasson were able to not only play on the USNAST, but were selected to go to the WMF World Cup in Tunisia. Jordan later signed with the Ontario Fury and Gasson signed as the starting goalkeeper of the Kansas City Comets.
AAS567 also announced the next two games on the USA’s docket today. The USNAST will take on their historic rivals Mexico on June 1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, and the teams will meet again the following night at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.
Citizens Business Bank Arena has been the de facto home arena of the USNAST and is also the arena where AAS567 General Manager Bernie Lilavois’s Ontario Fury play. Lilavois once called Stockton Arena home as a player and coach of the California/Stockton Cougars. Lilavois and current USNAST player Brian Farber won the Professional Arena Soccer League championship with the Cougars in 2009.
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