The US National Arena Soccer Team (USNAST) and Mexican National Futbol Rapido Team jointly announced player pools for next weekend’s three game series.

The two national arena teams will face off in Ontario, CA on May 11, Turlock CA on May 12 and Bakersfield, CA on May 13.  The US team is coached by San Diego Sockers coach Phil Salvagio and Mexico is coached by Atletico Baja coach Rene Ortiz.

The games will serve as early preparation for October’s WMF World Cup in Tunisia.  The US and Mexico met in the finals of the last WMF World Cup in 2015, in which the host United States was victorious.

Salvagio opted for a deeper pool with his selection of 25 players, 16 of which can dress for each game. Ortiz tabbed 16 players for Mexico, pending possible late roster adjustments.

The USNAST is led by two-time reigning MASL MVP Franck Tayou, 2014/15 MASL Rookie of the Year Gordy Gurson, and current MASL Goalkeeper of the Year Chris Toth.  Other notable players include Nick Perera, Matt Clare, and Taylor Bond.  Nelson Santana and Travis Pittman from the MASL Ron Newman Cup champion Baltimore Blast also made the cut.

“This is the first step on our road to Tunisia,” said USNAST General Manager Bernie Lilavois, “and as we schedule more games over the next few months throughout the country, more players will get a chance to showcase their skills. But this is a big weekend for these players to show us early on whether they deserve to secure a spot on the World Cup squad.”

Mexico is led by Cristian Gutierrez, who scored 51 goals for Atletico Baja this season, Erick Tovar, and Daniel Villela

Adding some local flavor, the Ontario Fury will be represented by seven players and the Turlock Express have four selections, collectively, on the US and Mexican rosters.   Ortiz brings five of his Atletico players to the international stage.  Salvagio selected six players from his Sockers squad, while four more Sockers will play for Mexico.

USA Position Team
Gordy Gurson F Cedar Rapids
Franck Tayou F Sonora
Nick Perera F Ontario
Isreal Sesay M Ontario
Nelson Santana D Baltimore
Arturo Pulido M Turlock
Martyn Arista D Turlock
Stephen Basso D Harrisburg
Felipe Gonzalez D San Diego
Andy Reyes M Ontario
Uzi Tayou D Sonora
Matt Clare M San Diego
Joshio Sandoval D Cedar Rapids
Corey Maret M Ontario
Ephraim Beard D Chicago
Taylor Bond F Chicago
Travis Pittman D Baltimore
Slavisa Ubiparipovic M Syracuse
Brian Farber M San Diego
Derek Huffman F Cedar Rapids
Scott Martin D San Diego
Chris Toth GK San Diego
Boris Pardo GK San Diego
Piotr Sliwa GK Florida
Christopher Welch GK Turlock
Phil Salvagio HC
Chiky Luna AC
Bernie Lilavois GM
Kevin Milliken President
MEXICO Postion Team
Juan Gonzalez M Ontario
Jose Gonzalez D Ontario
Jesus Molina GK San Diego
Alfonso Rodriguez GK Mexico City
Jesus Mendez D Mexico City
Eduardo Velez D San Diego
Manuel Rojo D Baja
Ernesto Luna D Baja
Adrian Gutierrez D Turlock
Ray Reza M San Diego
Oscar Espinoza M Baja
Cristian Gutierrez M Baja
Danny Villela M Baja
Erik Tovar F San Diego
Angel Curiel F Cedar Rapids
Christian Vidaurrazaga GK Ontario
Rene Ortiz HC
Victor Melendez AC
Eusebio Martinez AC
Salvador Manzo AC
Alfredo Maccise President
Sergio Del Rio VP