2003 Nov 20

From today's Sounders news release:

Andrew Gregor Named to 16-Player U.S. Roster for Four-Team Futsal Tournament in Anaheim

Andrew Gregor, a Seattle Sounders midfielder over the last two seasons, was named to the U.S. National Futsal Team by head coach Keith Tozer. Gregor and a 16-player roster will battle in the Futsal Goal Cup, a four-team tournament being staged from Dec. 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Arena in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. will square off against CONCACAF rivals Canada, Guatemala and Mexico in the international tournament, which will serve as important preparation for 2004 CONCACAF qualifying play next year in Costa Rica in advance of the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship being played in Chinese Taipei in November 2004.

The three-day event will feature three doubleheaders, with the U.S. facing Canada on Friday, Dec. 5, Guatemala on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 7.

"This is our first real step in preparation for qualifying for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei," said Tozer in making his selection. "There is no doubt that playing three tough regional rivals in three days will make us a better team and help us directly when the qualifying tournament is played next year in Costa Rica."

The U.S. squad includes seven players who have never been capped for the U.S. National Futsal Team, including Gregor, a two-time member of the A-League First Team and 2003 Sounders scoring champion.

Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court, with no walls and a low bouncing ball, unlike the traditional sport of U.S. indoor soccer played with six-man squads and walls.

Futsal Goal Cup Schedule

Fri, Dec 5, 6:30 p.m. PT, Guatemala vs. Mexico
     8:15 p.m., Canada vs. United States
Sat, Dec 6, 6:30 p.m., Canada vs. Mexico
     8:15 p.m., Guatemala vs. United States
Sun, Dec 7, 3:00 p.m., Canada vs. Guatemala
     5:00 p.m., Mexico vs. United States