UPSL’s Sporting AZ FC has Four Players Selected for USA’s 6v6 Team


Andrew Weber among players to feature in first-ever 6-a-side World Cup

By Anthony Wells
Contributing Writer / Twitter: @anthonyKYMA11

July 9, 2018 — The United States will be playing in the World Cup but it’s probably not the World Cup you’re thinking of.

While the world still has its eyes turned towards Russia for the FIFA World Cup, the first-ever 6-a-side World Cup is preparing to kick off in Lisbon, Portugal come September with the Socca World Cup. And this one Team USA did qualify for.

Four players on the Team USA roster will be coming from United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) club Sporting AZ FC – Mohamed Salama, Jon Guse, Andrew Weber (a 2015 MLS Cup winner) and David Paul – and integrated into a squad headlined by 2010 FIFA World Cup veteran Robbie Findley, who played for Nottingham Forest (ENG) and Real Salt Lake (MLS) among others.

They will all be under the tutelage of head coach Tom Hurdle, Sporting AZ FC’s assistant coach. The roster for Team USA isn’t complete as the remaining spots will be filled from an open tryout scheduled Aug. 4th and a subsequent invite-only event.

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The Socca World Cup takes place September 23rd through 29th, with Team USA seeded in Group E alongside England, Kazakhstan and Slovakia.

In terms of format, the Socca World Cup is in many ways similar to the FIFA World Cupin that 32 teams are split into eight groups of four, with the top two nations advancing to the elimination phase.

The tournament has no affiliation to FIFA. It is sanctioned by the International Socca Federation, founded in 2017 and in charge of all 5, 6, 7 and 8-a-side soccer throughout the world.

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