U.S. Men’s Indoor Team Completes Successful Weekend of Play
Team looks ahead to Messestadt Cup
The US Men’s National Indoor Team traveled to Dundee, Scotland this past weekend to compete in the 4th annual Grove Menzieshill Invitational December 27-29.
“The purpose of participating in this event was to give Head Coach Andrew Thornton an opportunity to see most of the foreign-based athletes and evaluate them for selection,” said Indoor Manager Nigel Traverso.
Most of the athletes have been in the indoor program in the past, with four of them participating in the 2011 Indoor World Cup. However, this tournament marks their first opportunity to play together since that event.
Team USA’s first game of the tournament was against the Scottish Champions, Inverleith. Down 5-1 at the end of the first half, the team made some tactical adjustments and was able to get back in the game, but in the end, ran out of time and lost 7-6.
In the second match of the day, Team USA battled against the Scottish National Team that was using the tournament as preparation for the European Championship and Commonwealth Games that will be held in Scotland later this year.
After taking the lead 1-0, Team USA found themselves down 5-3 with 8 minutes left in the game. In an attempt to score a fourth goal by pressing forward, the backfield was left exposed, resulting in a final score of 7-3.
“The first day was really about getting to know each other and the style of play that was expected,” said Thornton. “I was pleased with the effort and performance of the team. .If we had one or two extra legs, it may have helped.”
Competition on day two began against host and current Scottish Champions, Grove Menzieshill. The club has been the best team in Scotland for the last 15 years and used this event as preparation for the upcoming European Club Championship.
Team USA started off slowly and was down 3-1, but prior to halftime was able to even the score at 3 apiece. At the start of the second half, the team came out strong and was up 6-3 with one minute left. The final score was 6-5 in favor of Team USA
The second match of the day, and the 4th game in two days, was against Wales. With just seven field players, the effect of the first three games began to show and the team was down 4-1 at the half. After making a few tactical adjustments, Team USA fought its way back to win 7-5.
With a record of 2-2,Team USA missed out on playing in the finals due to goal differential. Grove Menzieshill, who the team had beaten earlier in the day, won the finals against Scotland in penalty strokes.
“It was a very successful start to our Pan Am Indoor Cup preparation,” said Thornton. “We now move on to Leipzig, Germany where we start play on Saturday, January 4 in the 27th Leipzig “Messestadt” Cup.”
Results & Goal Scorers:
USA vs Inverleith: 6-7 (Runzi– 3, Scheurer– 1, Ghandi– 1, Krauss– 1)
USA vs Scotland: 3-7 (Runzi – 1, Schilling – 1, Krauss – 1)
USA vs Grove Menzieshill: 6- 5 ( Scheurer– 2, Runzi– 2, McCarthy– 2)
USA vs Wales: 7-5 (Scheurer– 4, Ghandi– 1, Schilling– 1, Runzi– 1)
U.S. Men’s Indoor Scotland Team:
Mohan Ghandi (Ventura, Cali.), Jesse Larson (College Park, Md.), Thomas Krauss (New York, N.Y.), Thomas McCarthy (Hartford, Conn.), Moritz Runzi (Boston, Mass.), Sebastian Scheurer (Greenwich, Conn.), Robert Schilling (Long Beach, Cali.), Kevin Segeren (Twin Falls, Idaho)
U.S. Men’s Indoor Leipzig Tour Team:
Kevin Barber (Camarillo, Cali.), Michael Barminski (Ventura, Cali.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Cali.), Mohan Ghandi (Ventura, Cali.), Alexander Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Austin Groenveld (Jenkintown, Pa.), JaJa Kentwell (Spring City, Pa.), Jesse Larson (College Park, Md.), Thomas Krauss (New York, N.Y.), Thomas McCarthy (Hartford, Conn.), Spencer Reed (Ventura, Cali.) Jason Wellings (San Diego, Cali.)