CHULA VISTA, CA - USA Field Hockey and Head Coach Nick Conway today announced the names of the players who will represent the USA in a four-game test series against Canada, scheduled from October 28 to November 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"We're looking forward to preparing and training effectively for the World Cup Qualifier," said Conway. "We're in a good position to take on the challenge. We're looking forward to the opportunity."
The test series is the final piece of preparation for Men's National Team before heading to Quilmes, Argentina for the BDO Men's World Cup Qualifier, scheduled from November 14 to 22, 2009.
The Men's National Team returns a strong core that earned the silver medal at the 2009 Pan American Cup in March. Led by Sean Harris and Jon Ginolfi, the U.S. sparked a competitive run through the tournament, including a 2-1 upset of Chile in the semifinals, before falling to Canada in sudden-death extra time, 2-1, in the Gold Medal match.
The USA roster also features talented young players. Fresh from action at the 2009 Men’s Junior World Cup, Ajai Dhadwhal and Derk Pelle look to make their debut on the senior side. Kevin Segeren, named Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the 2008 Pan Am Junior Championship, looks to continue to challenge Tom Sheridan in goal.
The athletes selected for the four-game test series are:
Kevin Barber, Nate Coolidge, Pat Cota, Remco Couwenbergh, Ajai Dhadwal, Jon Ginolfi, Sean Harris, Will Holt, Gurpal Kundi, Steve Mann, Shawn Nakamura, Derk Pelle, Arjan Reyatt, Rob Schilling, Ian Scally, Kevin Segeren , Andy Sheridan and Tom Sheridan.
Manager: Joe Wagstaffe
Coach: Nick Conway
Asst. Coach: Ben Maruquin
Trainer: Brian Bratta
The games will be played October 28, 29, 31 and November 1.
The Men's National Team later head to Quilmes, Argentina for a BDO Men's World Cup Qualifier. The USA will face some familiar competition in Quilmes, again tackling Pan American Federation foes Argentina and Chile. The Qualifier also features Belgium, Ireland and the Czech Republic. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2010 Men's World Cup in New Delhi, India.
Following the test series, the roster for the BDO World Cup Qualifier will be selected.
The Canadian National Team, 2009 Pan American Cup champion and 2008 Olympic Games participant, is currently hosting a seven-game test series against India.
The Men's National Team currently has several players on site at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
"The rest come in on Monday," said Conway. "We have a week to train together before we head up to Vancouver. Our guys have made a commitment to come in and prepare well."
The qualification system for the Hero Honda FIH World Cup 2010 is similar to the one used for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Nine teams are directly qualified through the Continental Championships, while the remaining three vacancies will be filled from three separate qualification tournaments. The other two Qualifiers will be held in Lille, France and Invercargill, New Zealand.
The teams already qualified for the Honda FIH World Cup 2010 are:
- India (Host)
- Canada (Champion of the 3rd Men's Pan American Cup)
- Korea (Champion of the 8th Men's Asia Cup)
- South Africa (Champion of the Africa Cup of Nations, 2009)
- Australia (Champion of the 6th Men's Oceania Cup)
- England (Champion of the 12th Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship)
- Germany (Silver medalist of the 12th Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship)
- Netherlands (Bronze medalist of the 12th Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship)
- Spain (Fourth ranked team of the 12th Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship)
The format for the three World Cup Qualifiers is as it was for the Olympic Qualifiers: a six teams' single round robin competition with a final to decide which team will qualify.
The composition of the Men's FIH World Cup Qualifiers is as follows:
FIH Men's World Cup Qualifier Lille, France, 31 October-8 November 2009:
Pakistan, Japan, France, Poland, Russia, Italy
BDO FIH Men's World Cup Qualifier, Invercargill, New Zealand, 7-15 November 2009:
New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Austria, Scotland, Wales
BDO FIH Men's World Cup Qualifier, Quilmes, Argentina, 14-22 November 2009:
Belgium, Argentina, Ireland, USA, Czech Republic, Chile