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December 13th, 2013
Local News

Age: 62
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Team: RHI Inferno
Years Playing: 5

How did you hear about power soccer?

My good friends, Julie Harrell and Robbin Abney, introduced me to power soccer, and I instantly fell in love with the sport and knew I had to join.

What have you learned since playing power soccer?

I have learned the importance of sportsmanship.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

I enjoy being active, the competition of the sport, the friendship of all players, coaches, and referees, and meeting other people with disabilities.

What would you say to other people your age that might be interested in trying power soccer?

I would tell them to try it. You will have a great time, you get to travel, you get a chance to meet people, and it is not that expensive.

Would you like to see more people your age participate in power soccer?

Yes, I think having more people my age participating in power soccer gives variety to the sport....

November 28th, 2013
Local News

Athlete: William Johnson

Age: 13

Team: Sudbury Sharp Shooters

Hometown: Medfield, Mass

How long have you been playing power soccer?

I am in the middle of my third season of power soccer (started Fall of 2012, spring 2013, current season).

How did you first hear about it?

A demonstration was brought to my MDA summer camp, and I volunteered to give it a try.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

The feeling of playing a competitive sport without having the game changed or modified for my participation.

What do you like to do when you're not on the court?

Video games, hanging with friends, going to school.

What would you say to other kids your age that might be interested in trying power soccer?

Absolutely try it.  It is a great sport, very competitive, fast-paced and exciting.  Being a part of a team is awesome.

William's mom Heidi had this to say about William's involvement in power soccer:

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November 21st, 2013
Local News

What does power soccer mean to you? 
Power Soccer is a sport that I look forward to because it doesn’t require any physical strength, but mental strength. You need to know when to hit the ball or be in the right position to score a goal. That’s that the type of thing I like to do. Power Soccer is another way for me to meet new people, travel, and have a great time.   

Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
I love watching basketball; my favorite team is the Chicago Bulls. My all-time favorite player is Michael Jordan.

What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
Well most of my life is taken up by school so that keeps me busy; on my free time though I love playing video games, hanging out with friends and family, and watching TV.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
I would tell them to try it out and if they don’t like it, they should keep on trying other activities till they find...

November 19th, 2013
Announcements

 

Lexi Heer of the RHI Indy Cruisers has been nominated as a finalist for the US Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year. After leading her team to a Presidents Cup championship in June, she helped power the U18 Team USA to a World Cup title.

Follow this link to vote for Lexi!

http://www.ussoccer.com/about/history/awards/2013-disabled-athlete-of-the-year-finalists.aspx

November 14th, 2013
E-Newsletters

Letter from the President

Dear players, coaches and supporters of the USPSA,

If you haven't heard the news, the U18 Team USA dominated in Paris. The team scored 53 goals and gave up zero. From the first whistle it was clear the US team was more experienced and capable of going all the way. Riley Johnson, Tyler King, Lexi Heer, Zach Dickey, and Michael Rodriguez, we are all proud of you. Jake Bath, who was hurt a week before the trip, was always on the sideline with a large photo of his face attached to a paint stick. The players and coaches took turns to make sure Jake was with them at all times. On the sidelines, on the bus, and in the final photos, Jake, you were there in their hearts. Another highlight is Michael Rodriguez was also awarded the Golden Guard with a total of 15 goals.

I was also proud of the coaching staff who reduced the squad to 3 when Ireland had a player go out due to equipment issues and did not have a substitute. This was a clear expression of sportsmanship I am proud to associate myself with and proud to be the President of the organization this team represented.

This information may be old news thanks to the...

November 14th, 2013
Announcements

The first step towards the 2015 World Cup begins with a search for the Head Coach. Also contained in this document are dates for Staff and Player applications. The application is on this website under the International section of the Downloads page. Applications will be accepted for the Head Coach position until December 31, 2013. Reminders will be sent out as that date draws nearer.

November 14th, 2013
Local News

 

Name: Gabe Trujillo
Team: Sun Devil Power Soccer Club
Years Playing Power Soccer: 8
Joined USPSA: September 2005

How did you hear about power soccer?

I was writing a story on adaptive sports for the newspaper at Arizona State University and was introduced to power soccer by the recreation therapist. After attending a local practice and writing the story, I knew I had to join the sport.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

I enjoy the competitiveness of the sport. As a kid, I was an avid athlete and loved sports. I thought my days of being an athlete were over after becoming a quadriplegic, but power soccer has rejuvenated my competitive spirit.

What do you do for a living?

I am a Digital Specialist for a Marketing company in Scottsdale, AZ. I also do freelance writing and website design.

What is your favorite power soccer accomplishment?

I'd have to say finishing 3rd in the country in 2013. We had an amazing season and had great team...

November 4th, 2013
International

Fast Track to the Championship

by Allen Caldwell

Entering into the final day of competition, the Americans find themselves in the home stretch of the tournament. The only roadblock that stands in the way of Team USA’s journey to the final match is a semifinal showdown against Ireland’s U16 National team. The match started with the U.S. pushing the pedal to the metal on offense. Similar to Ireland’s U18 team, the U16 squad defensive presence was strong causing a few Two on Ones on Team USA. However, as we have seen throughout this tournament, the U.S. passing wreaked havoc on the defense.

As the match continued on, Team USA’s relentlessness on offense produced tons of goal scoring opportunities. These opportunities came in the form of corner kicks, free kicks, and kick-ins that broke down the Irish defense. As a result, the Americans scored eight goals in the first half and five goals in the second half. With a 13-0 victory over the Ireland U16 team, the U.S. cleared its roadblock and find themselves in the Championship.

 

Earning a Spot in the Finals

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November 2nd, 2013
International

Photo by Tom Dickey

Let the Dominant Times Roll

by Allen Caldwell

As this tournament continues, Team USA’s stranglehold on its opponents continues to strengthen. This dominance was clearly shown in their match against the Ireland U18 National team. The Americans started the match firing on all cylinders on the offensive side of their game. Although Ireland had a great defensive front, the U.S.’s sound passing throughout the match put the Irish defense on their heels. This caused the defense to spread out and created open lanes for Team USA to knock in goals.

It seems that the U.S. has found a formula for success that its opponents cannot seem to solve. This equation consists of great passing, execution of set plays, and an unwavering desire to stick with this plan of attack. The Americans’ passing created mistakes for the Irish that made opportunities for tons of shots on goal and set plays. This produced five U.S. goals in the first half and six goals for America in the second half. The result was an 11-0 victory for Team USA against the U18 Ireland National squad.

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November 1st, 2013
International

Game One: An American Onslaught in Paris

by Allen Caldwell

Moments before the start of the match between Team USA and the French National team, loud cheers for the U.S. filled the arena. It felt as though it was a home match for the Americans. The U.S. kicked the ball off and started a bit slow and sluggish, trying to get a feel of the French team. After a couple of minutes in the first half, the U.S. was in attack mode offensively and continued to attack throughout the entire match. This intensity caused France to make critical mistakes in and around their defensive box. Having penalties such as Two on Ones and Three in the Box gave the U.S. many goal-scoring opportunities.

From beginning to end, the U.S. dominated the match. Team USA was on their offensive side of the court most of the match. This offensive pressure produced a plethora of shots on goal and set plays.  The accurate passing and wonderful execution of set plays were too much for the French team. This passing created a total five goals (four in the first half and one in the second half). At games end, Team USA defeated Team France by the score of 5-0.

 

Game Two: Steamrolling Ahead

by Sifat Baig...

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