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Healey Selected to U.S. National Arena Team

 SAN DIEGO, CA—U.S. National Arena Soccer Team head coach Phil Salvagio today announced the preliminary U.S. National Arena Soccer Team roster for this weekend’s coming exhibitions against the Mexican Arena National Soccer Team in San Diego, and the Las Vegas Legends on Sunday in Ontario.

 “The road to the World Cup begins this weekend,” said USNAST head coach Phil Salvagio, “The players on this team have been selected for their talent, teamwork and dedication. There could be changes between now and the World Cup. No spot on this roster is guaranteed and all our players know they need to perform.”

 Six members of the San Diego Sockers will be featured on the roster, the most of any individual Major Arena Soccer League club. Three-time PASL MVP Kraig Chiles and former Milwaukee Wave turned Sockers forward Nick Perera will be up top at a loaded forward position, joined by Missouri Comets’ two-time first-team all-MISL forward Leo Gibson, PASL assists record holder Enrique Tovar, and Ontario Fury striker Tino Nunez. The Sockers’ Brian Farber, Chiky Luna and Jeff Hughes will be joined in the U.S. midfield by Nelson Santana of the Syracuse Silver Knights and Felipe Gonzalez of the Las Vegas Legends. The back line will include Baltimore Blast defender Pat Healey and Las Vegas defender Eric Guzman. Missouri Comets keeper Danny Waltman will be in goal along with the Sockers’ Chris Toth. San Diego’s Anthony Medina is a field reserve for the weekend’s games

 “We will experiment with lineups and formations during the preseason,” said Salvagio, “players who score for their parent clubs may be asked to defend here. It’s all about bringing the Cup home to the United States.”

 The World Mini-Football Federation (WMF) World Cup will take place in the spring of 2015 across select venues in the U.S., including San Diego. Further details will be announced closer to the Cup.

Pat Healey is coming off a season where he ranked second in the league in blocked shots with 31.This was the second season in a row where Healey has been among the league leaders in blocks.  Healey also contributed 22 points and ranked third on the team with 10 assists.  Healey has been named to the All-League team twice including most recently in 2013 and was the league Rookie of the Year in the 2008-2009 season. Healey led the Blast in scoring in the 2010-2011 season. In addition, he was named co-captain of the U.S. national futsal team. 

 

Name

Position

Current MASL Club

Career

Danny Waltman

GK

Missouri Comets

2011/12 US National Futsal Team Co-Captain US National Futsal Team

Chris Toth

GK

San Diego Sockers

2014 All PASL Honorable Mention

Pat Healey

DEF

Baltimore Blast

2 Time All MISL 2nd Team 2011/2013 – Co-Captain US National Futsal Team

Eric Guzman

DEF

Las Vegas Legends

2013 All PASL Team

Brian Farber

MID

San Diego Sockers

PASL MVP 2009 – 5 Time All PASL

Chiky Luna

MID

San Diego Sockers

Starter on all 4 Sockers PASL title teams

Jeff Hughes

MID

San Diego Sockers

PASL MVP 2010 – 3 Time All PASL

Nelson Santana

MID

Syracuse Silver Knights

3 Time All MISL 2012-14

Felipe Gonzales

MID

Las Vegas Legends

Legends power play specialist

Kraig Chiles

FOR

San Diego Sockers

PASL MVP 2011, 12, 13

Nick Perera

FOR

San Diego Sockers

2014 US National Beach Soccer Team

Leo Gibson

FOR

Missouri Comets

3 Time All MISL 2012-14

Enrique Tovar

FOR

Turlock Express

PASL All Time Assist Leader

Tino Nunez

FOR

Ontario Fury

MLS Real Salt Lake/USL Roch. Rhino’s

Anthony Medina

Reserve

San Diego Sockers

Started all 48 gms of Sockers win streak

 

 

 

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