Homepage >
News
FIH
Calendar
Events & Results
Rules
Event Management
Photo Gallery
WorldHockey TV
Athletes
Development
Coaching
Umpires
Publications
Pitches & Equipment
Medical
Anti-Doping
Directory
Contact Us
Intranet
 
USA names Men’s Pan American Games team
04 Jun 2007 07:35
 


USA has announced the 16-member men’s team to compete for the United States at the XV Pan American Games, 15-29 July, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Selections to the team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Head coach Nick Conway’s  U.S. roster features nine players with previous Pan Am Games experience including Rinku Bhamber (Simi Valley, Calif./ ’99, ’03), Pat Cota (Camarillo, Calif./’99, ’03), Pat Harris (Moorpark, Calif./’03), Jarred Martin (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./’03), Shawn Nakamura (Camarillo, Calif./’99, ’03), Jeb Saez (Thousand Oaks, Calif./’03), Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, Calif./’03), Brian Schledorn (Thousand Oaks, Calif./’99) and Jason Wellings (San Diego, Calif./’03).

Athletes making their first appearances at the Pan Am Games for the USA include Nate Coolidge (Sandwich, Mass.), Remco Couwenbergh (Northridge, Calif.), Jed Cunningham (Moorpark, Calif.), Jon Ginolfi (Simi Valley, Calif.), Mick Harner (Hanover, Pa.), Sean Harris (Moorpark, Calif.) and Binh Hoang (Westlake Village, Calif.).

Nakamura was named the captain of the USA team while Cota will serve as vice captain.

The tournament is also the first Pan Am for U.S. head coach Nick Conway. Conway was named the U.S. head coach in 2005 and successfully guided the U.S. to a spot in the Games following a qualifying series victory over Mexico earlier this year.

The USA enters the Pan American Games as the No. 6 seed and will begin play in Pool B with traditional Pan Am rivals Canada and Chile in addition to the Netherlands Antilles. Pool A features defending champion Argentina, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and host Brazil. The USA men open play on 16 July against Chile.

"It is an interesting pool and one that will undoubtedly spring a surprise or two," said Conway on the USA's Pan Am draw. "There is no question this is a very competitive group and every game will be a challenge.  I don't want to try to make a prediction, but we need to make sure we get a result in every game we play in order to secure a top two position in our pool and move on to the semifinals."

The USA men’s Pan Am history includes bronze medals in 1967, 1987, 1991 and 1995. The team placed 5th in its last two Pan Am Games appearances in 1999 and 2003.

The winner of the Pan Am Games earns the continent’s automatic berth in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In addition, teams placing 2-5 in the men’s tournament will earn spots in one of three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in early 2008. The winners of the three tournaments will earn the final berths in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Source: USA Field Hockey


Top News
Dutch and German women reach semis without dropping points
England and Spain struggle in the men's EuroHockey Nations
Men’s ‘Good Luck Beijing’ title to Australia
Australian women take gold in ‘Good Luck Beijing’ tournament
Golden Whistle for Judy Barnesby
Australia and China in ‘Good Luck Beijing’ women’s final
Samsung Champions Trophy in Pakistan
England men’s squad for EuroHockey Nations Championship
China takes victory over Malaysia
Australia backs it up in Beijing
China opens Beijing Hockey Stadium with victory
2007 Pan American Elite Teams
New Zealand release women’s team for Oceania Cup
England women’s squad for EuroHockey Nations Championships
Kenya and Netherlands Antilles make major move in the FIH World Rankings
 
Video Showcase
Events 2007
| Full Calendar
| EuroHockey Nations Championships 2007
| Appointments 2007
| Appointments 2008
World Rankings
Olympic Qualification
| Olympic Qualification quotas
| Teams Qualified
| Memo to National Associations
| Olympic Qualifiers tournaments
Global Youth Marathon 2007


| Photos and Reports
 
© 2007 International Hockey Federation. All Rights Reserved. powered by sportcentric