Rosters Announced for August 27 US-Mexico Friendly

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USA vs. Mexico! North America's top soccer rivalry will be renewed again on August 27 when the USA567 Men's National Team takes on Mexico's National Futbol Rapido Team. Rosters for both teams were announced today.

The Major Arena Soccer League reigning champion San Diego Sockers are well-represented with 10 players spanning both rosters. The US roster features 2020-21 All-MASL 1st Team players Franck Tayou and Justin Stinson while Mexico has Cesar Cerda anchoring their defense. Tayou is a four-time MASL MVP.

For the US, Boris Pardo is one of the premier goalkeepers of the indoor game and has a .700 career winning percentage. In front of him, he'll have Drew Ruggles, the 2019-20 MASL Defender of the Year. Making his return to Boise is "Kid Dynamite/Captain America" Gordy Gurson.

"It's always a battle when we play Mexico," said American Association of Soccer 5-6-7 President Kevin Milliken, "but the people of Boise have really embraced the arena game and I know the atmosphere will be fantastic."

Mexico, who won the 2019 WMF World Cup in Perth, Australia, will be led offensively by Juan Carlos "Charlie" Gonzalez, but keep an eye out for the deft footwork of Brandon Escoto, and rising star Eduardo "Benji" Monreal, making his national team debut.

"We are still the reigning world champions, so we know how bad the US wants to beat us," said Mexico Head Coach Rene Ortiz, "so we have to keep raising the bar to stay ahead of them."

USA567 Men's National Team Roster
Boris Pardo 03/22/84 GK
Nelson Santana 12/28/78 D
Uzi Tayou 04/28/89 D
Drew Ruggles 07/28/92 D
Israel Sesay 09/04/90 D
Felipe Gonzalez 11/09/89 M
Juan Gonzalez 11/09/89 M
Justin Stinson 05/29/97 M
Franck Tayou 04/16/90 F
VcMor Eligwe 05/05/91 F
Gordy Gurson 05/02/92 F

Mexico Men's Futbol Rapido National Team Roster
Bryan Sarabia 4/23/98 GK
Manuel Rojo 01/18/97 D
Cesar Cerda 04/14/93 D
Ismael Rojo 09/21/94 D
Brandon Ayon 10/19/93 D
Luis Ortega 02/04/92 D
Juan Carlos Gonzalez 10/19/93 M
Christian Gutierrez 03/21/91 M
Hiram Ruiz 04/16/88 M
Brandon Escoto 01/22/94 M
Eduardo "Benji" Monreal 11/10/95 M
Gerardo Jurado 01/10/97 M
Hugo Puentes 11/21/91 F
Francisco Javier Puente 12/16/89 F

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