SANTIAGO, Chile – Following the conclusion of their training camp and two-game Canada series, U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Harry Singh has named the 18-athlete roster that will compete at the 2022 Pan American Cup (PAC) from January 19 to 30 in Santiago, Chile.
"We had two weeks of intensive training with test matches against Canada," said Singh. "Based on performance, we have selected 18 athletes plus two reserves for the forthcoming PAC. We made some good progress and, as a coach, I am looking forward to see exciting results. We are all aware of the importance of this tournament - eventually two finalist will take part in the World Cup. Our players are highly motivated and eager to perform."
In September, a new squad was named following two Open Trial Weekends which returned a solid group that has been with the program for the past few years. Of the PAC selected, an impressive 11 were at the edition in 2017, where the team earned third. This is led by Pat Harris (Moorpark, Calif.), also USMNT Assistant Coach, who has 151 caps to his name. Joining him are Michael Barminski (Ventura, Calif.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Mohan Gandhi (Great Britain), Aki Kaeppeler (New York City, N.Y), Adam Miller (Panama City, Fla.), Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Calif.), and Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Calif.), all who have more than 75 caps.
The two selected goalkeepers are Hamzah Hashmi (Granada Hills, Calif.) and Jonathan Klages (Berlin, Germany), who was at the 2017 event.
2022 USMNT PAC RosterMichael Barminski (Ventura, Calif.), Christian DeAngelis (Doylestown, Pa.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Mohan Gandhi (Great Britain), Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Pat Harris (Moorpark, Calif.), Hamzah Hashmi (Granada Hills, Calif.), Jack Heldens (Hamburg, Germany), Vincent Heller (Stuttgart, Germany), Aki Kaeppeler (New York, N.Y.), Kei Kaeppeler (Stuttgart, Germany), JaJa Kentwell (Spring City, Pa.), Jonathan Klages (Berlin, Germany), Adam Miller (Panama City, Fla.), Alberto Montilla (Allen, Texas), Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Calif.), Jatin Sharma (South San Francisco, Calif.), Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Calif.)
The two traveling reserves are Graeme Jackson (Moorpark, Calif.) and Kai Kokolakis (France).
In the seven-team event, No. 24 USA sits in Pool B with No. 11 Canada, No. 30 Mexico and No. 37 Trinidad and Tobago. Pool A includes reigning PAC champions No. 7 Argentina, No. 29 Chile and No. 33 Brazil..
Team USA opens competition on Thursday, January 20 against No. 37 Trinidad and Tobago at 2:15 p.m. ET, followed by No. 11 Canada on Saturday, January 22 at 2:15 p.m. ET and No. 30 Mexico on Monday, January 24 at 2:15 p.m. ET. Crossovers will take place on Wednesday, January 6 and the semifinals round will begin on Friday, January 28. All matches will be live streamed, more information to follow.
The top two men’s team will earn a spot at the 2023 FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup taking place January 13 to 29 in both Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, India.
For more information on the 2022 Pan American Cups, visit the event page.