CHICAGO, IL —– The U.S. Futsal National Team will head to Argentina for an international training camp. The team will also take part in a series of friendlies against Argentina’s Under-20 FNT and senior FNT in Buenos Aires.
Head coach Keith Tozer has named a 15-player roster for the international camp and friendlies.
Among those named are two from the Tacoma area. Danny Waltman (Gig Harbor), of the Tacoma Stars arena soccer team who was named to the ALL-MASL Team as well as MASL Goalkeeper of the Year and Alex Megson (Tacoma), son of MISL Tacoma Star and former Seattle Sounder Neil Megson and a verteran MASL scorer. Megson notched 16 goals with 9 assists this season for the Cedar Rapids Rampage.
“It has been a dream of mine to be a part of this squad and represent my country since birth,” Megson says in a Facebook post, “and I cannot wait to take the field for our red, white and blue! Thank you family, friends and fans! Your guys support helped make this happen.”
The exhibition games won the trip ill help the team as it prepares for the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship set to take place from May 4-14 in Costa Rica. The USA will face Canada in a set of play-in matches to start their World Cup Qualifying journey, with the first match on May 4 and the second on May 6, both kicking off at 10 p.m. ET. The winning team of the play-in matches will be placed in Group B with host Costa Rica, Curacao and Cuba.
USA Training Camp Schedule
March 24: USA vs. Argentina U-20
March 25: USA vs. Argentina U-20
March 27: USA vs. Argentina
March 28: USA vs. Argentina
ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joseph Kapinos (Cedar Rapids Rampage), Daniel Waltman (Tacoma Stars)
DEFENDERS (4): Sterling Hancock (IFK Stockaryd/Rörviks IF), Lucas Mohageg (Unattached), Miguel Muniz (Segosala), Alexander Tozer (Cedar Rapids Rampage)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alan Acevedo (Unattached), Andrew Ducker (Detroit Waza Flo), Gordon Gurson (Cedar Rapids Rampage), Edward Manella (Unattached), Antonio Manfut (Syracuse Silver Knights), Daniel Mattos (Detroit Waza Flo)
FORWARDS (3): Taylor Bond (Chicago Mustangs), Alexander Megson (Cedar Rapids Rampage), Joseph Tavernese (Syracuse Silver Knights)