CHICAGO – U.S. beach soccer national head coach Eddie Soto Thursday announced his 12-man roster for the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship, which will be played in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico May 13-19.
The top two teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, to be held in Paraguay in November.
The USA will face Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda and Bonaire in Group C play:
Mon., May 13 vs. Bonaire (5:45 p.m. ET)
Wed, May 15 vs. Antigua and Barbuda (4:30 p.m. ET)
Thur., May 16 vs. Bahamas (7 p.m. ET).
The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the knockout stage. The two finalists will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Soto’s group carries a wealth of experience in this competition. Forwards Ryan Futagaki, Jason Leopoldo and Nick Perera and goalkeeper Chris Toth were all on the 2013 Concacaf Beach Championship winning side that qualified the USA for its last FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup berth.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Toth (Fallbrook, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore, Md.), David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Tanner Akol (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Franck Tayou (Las Vegas, Nev.)
“The last cycle we were one game shy of going to the World Cup, so that weighed heavily on the group and the experience that we have,” Soto said of the assembling the roster. “It was a process. We have a lot of young guys that have been coming into the mix that have shown really well, and I think these guys are ready. Having a mixture of these young guys like Tanner Akol and David Mondragon are going to meld well with some of our veterans like Nick Perera and Chris Toth.”