FRISCO, TX _ From the beach variety, the indoor arena, the college game or traditional outdoor soccer, the PFL Team USA squad brings a wide variety of experience to the PFL International Challenge powered by USA Futsal.
PFL Commissioner Keith Tozer gathered a unique blend of talent including some star-bound youngsters for the March 13-15 tournament.
“Highlighting our PFL Team USA selections is the youngest player to ever wear a U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team jersey, Lucas Stauffer. Lucas is the prototype futsal player who recently was named Freshman All American at Creighton University,” Tozer said. “The team consists of other talented young players like Stephen Milhoan who is co-captain of U.S. Youth Futsal U16 team, 16-year-old Angel Lopez from Dallas who recently trained with FC Barcelona and Hermann Award semi-finalist from SMU Arthur Ivo.
“Goalkeeper Boris Pardo, with MLS, MISL and MASL experience, will add veteran leadership in the goal in conjunction with Oscar Gil, who is one of the most decorated players for the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team.”
PFL Team USA will kickoff the tournament against Spain’s legendary FC Barcelona at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Dr Pepper Center in Frisco. The American side will then face rivals PFL Team Mexico at 2 p.m. on March 15 at Gilley’s Dallas as part of the Los Mavs fan festival sponsored by the Dallas Mavericks.
Tozer will make one final addition to the PFL Team USA roster early next week and two additional players will be selected from the PFL Player Combine prior to the tournament.
PFL TEAM USA ROSTER
Midfielder/Ala: Walker Androit
Born: 8/15/1995 Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 160 pounds
About: A sophomore at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio … 2014-15 Big East All Eleven Team … 2009-2015- Region 2 ODP Region Team
Defender/Fixo: Arthur Ivo
Born: 10/27/1989 Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 175 pounds
About: MAC Hermann (College Player of the Year) Trophy Semi-finalist 2010 … NSCAA All American Second team 2010 … Conference USA Co-MVP and Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the year (2010) … Conference USA Tournament Offensive MVP (2011)
Defender/Fixo: Oscar Gil
Born: 7/22/1982 Height: 5-foot-8 Weight: 175 pounds
About: 50 Caps with U.S. Beach Men’s National Team … CONCACAF FIFA Beach Soccer Qualifiers Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. … only American to this day, to score in the Brazil vs. the World All-Star game. … Foreigner with most goals in the Brazilian National Championship.
Midfielder/Ala: Angel Lopez
Born: 9/20/1999 Height: 5-foot-4 Weight: 115 pounds
About: Recently trained with FC Barcelona and stayed at La Masia for the month of December and played with Spanish team Babar. … From The Colony, Texas grew up playing futsal at City Futsal.
Goalkeeper: Eduardo Macias
Born: 3/03/1993 Height: 5-foot-8 Weight: 155 pounds
About: Played with Dallas Texans for 2 years as well as 2 years with C.F.Indios in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. … Serves as technical goalkeeper director of City Futsal.
Target/Pivo: Nestor Martinez
Born: 10/5/1995 Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 160 pounds
About: A dangerous forward with the Fort Worth Vaqueros … standout player with the powerhouse Dallas Texans club.
Target/Pivo: Daniel Mattos
Born: 3/20/1986 Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 178 pounds
About: Played for Penn State in 2006 and 2007 and West Florida (2009, 2010) … currently with Detroit Waza of MASL … in first indoor soccer season recorded 15 goals and 8 assists.
Target/Pivo: Stephen Milhoan Jr
Born: 6/8/1999 Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 170 pounds
About: Co-Captain of the U.S. Youth Futsal U16 International Team … U.S. Futsal cup 2014 MVP field player of the tournament … Offensive MVP of the 2014 Ohio State Champions, Saint Ignatius High School Futsal High School Team.
Midfielder/Ala: Hilton Ngwa
Born: 4/20/1989 Height: 5-foot-6 Weight: 150 pounds
About: A star midfielder with the Fort Worth Vaqueros … Ngwa was named tournament MVP while playing for the University of Buea in Cameroon during the University Games.
Goalkeeper: Boris Pardo
Born: 3/22/1984 Height: 6-foot Weight: 190 pounds
About: Goalkeeper for the Wichita B52’s of the Major Arena Soccer League. … Played for the Kansas City Wizards of MLS, FC Dallas and Toronto FC and Kansas City Comets of the MISL.
Midfielder/Ala: Lucas Stauffer
Born: 4/21/1995 Height: 5-foot-6 Weight: 150 pounds
About: 2014-15 Freshman All-American at Creighton University. … Started playing at 15 with the U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team and is the youngest player to ever represent U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team or any full U.S. Men’s National Team. … Has 1 CONCACAF Championship appearance.
THE PFL INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE
Powered by USA Futsal
Friday, March 13
FC Barcelona vs. USA
7:30 p.m. Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, TX
After Party: Ace's Ice House & Chop Shop
Saturday, March 14
FC Barcelona vs. Mexico
2 p.m. Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, TX
Sunday, March 15
USA v Mexico
2 p.m. Los Mavs Festival, Gilley's Restaurant, Dallas, TX