Saturday, August 10, 2013

US warm-up against hor Chile..

The Pan American Cup in Brampton, Ontario commences on Saturday, August 10; The winner will advance to the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Men’s National Field Hockey team hosted Chile at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. early this week for two, back-to-back friendly test matches in preparation for the 2013 Pan American Cup in Brampton, Ontario, August 10-17. The U.S. drew Chile, 1-1, in the first match and shutout Chile, 3-0, in the second match.
     “We have had a good training period leading up to the Pan American Cup and to finish with two good test matches against a quality opponent like Chile was a great last minute test for us,” said U.S. head coach Chris Clements. “We are excited for the tournament to begin.”
    USA’s Austin Greonveld (Jenkintown, Pa.) scored in the 13th minute for an early 1-0 lead over their opponent. The U.S. held on to their lead going into halftime and well into the second half. In the 48th minute, Chile’s Nicholas Renz scored to even the match, 1-1. The result ended in a draw.
   Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, Cali.) celebrated his 100th match with the U.S. Men's National Team, while Greonveld, Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.) and Ranjot Sangha (Sacramento, Cali.) earned their first cap.
    “I thought this first match was an encouraging start," said Clements. "Although plenty of good passing patterns were seen today, we need to take advantage of opportunities that we create."
   The U.S. took the pitch again on Tuesday, August 6 for a final preparation match against their Pan American rivals. The U.S. scored three goals for a 3-0 shutout victory.
   USA’s Kevin Barber (Camarillo, Cali.) scored a field goal in the 29th minute for a 1-0 advantage at the end of the first half. Aki Kaeppeler (Ventura, Cali.) capitalized on a penalty corner in the 51st and Pat Harris (Moorpark, Cali.) recorded a third goal for Team USA in the 56th minute.
    “This series against Chile has been beneficial for us and it definitely is going to help us finalize our preparations for the Pan American Cup,” said U.S. midfielder Michael Barminski. 
   The U.S. departed for Brampton, Ontario on August 7 and will match-up against Trinidad and Tobago for a final preparation test match before the World Cup qualifying tournament commence on Saturday, August 10. The U.S. drew Trinidad and Tobago, 1-1, in regulation at the World League Round 2 in Brazil.
   “The matches against Chile and Trinidad and Tobago will help the selected squad become more cohesive and confident as a unit before the first match at the Pan American Cup,” said Clements.
    The U.S. enters the Pan American Cup as the No. 4 seed and will compete in Pool A alongside No. 1 Argentina, No. 5 Mexico and No. 8 Uruguay. Pool B is made up of defending champion and No. 2 seed Canada, No. 3 Chile No. 6 Brazil and No. 7 Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. will open pool play on August 10 against Uruguay, followed by Argentina on August 11 and will conclude pool play against Mexico on August 13. Semifinal action will be played on Thursday, August 15 with the final slated for Saturday, August 17.
   The winner of the Pan American Cup earns the continent’s automatic berth to the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. The top six teams qualify for the 2017 Men's Pan American Cup while the teams placed 7th and 8th will play in the 2015 Men's Pan American Challenge.
    The U.S. Men’s Team won silver at the 2009 Pan American Cup in Santiago, Chile, their best finish since the tournament originated in 2000. The U.S. finished 7th in 2004 and 5th in 2000.
   2013 Pan American Cup Roster: Kevin Barber (San Diego, Cali.), Michael Barminski (Ventura, Cali.), Jed Cunningham (Moorpark, Cali.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Cali.), Mohan Gandhi (Ventura, Cali.), Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, Cali.), Alex Grassi  (Brookeville, Md.), Sean Harris (Moorpark, Cali.), Patrick Harris (Moorpark, Cali.), Aki Kaeppeler (Ventura, Cali.), Brandon Karess (Allentown, Pa.), Christian Linney(San Diego, Cali.), Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Cali.), Chris Rea (San Diego, Cali.), Ranjot Sangha (Sacramento, Cali.), Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Cali.), Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Cali.)

USFHA media release