Meet the Team

Alvenso Honore

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Goalkeeper

Alvenso has been playing soccer for 24 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2016. He lost part of his right arm at age 17 to a rare tumor. In addition to amputee soccer, Alvenso plays semi-professional able-bodied soccer.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love the freedom and I love feeling alive on the field."

 Favorite pump-up song:  We Will Rock You by QUEEN

Carlos Ayala

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Carlos has played soccer for 23 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2018. He lost part of his leg in the 2011  Salvadorean earthquake.

Favorite thing about soccer:  ""I love the passion of the sport and the chance to represent the country like a warrior."."

 Favorite pump-up song: Grito 

Craig Till

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Defense

Craig has been playing soccer for 7 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2017. He lost part of his leg when he was 16 after being born with a bone disease called congenital pseudarthrosis.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love that no matter what language you speak, everyone can play soccer. The world can take a note or two from adaptive athletes, especially soccer.

 

Favorite pump-up song: All My Life by The Foo Fighters

Dan Broome

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Defense

Dan has been playing soccer for 30 years and  joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 1988. Dan lost part of his leg when he was 18 in an industrial factory accident. Dan also plays sled hockey.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "Soccer has always been my favorite sport. I had never heard of the sport until 6th grade when I saw a video of Pelé juggling oranges and doing bicycle kicks. I’ve loved the sport ever since."

 

Favorite pump-up song: Anything by Metallica

Foday Dumbuya 

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Midfield

Foday has been playing soccer for 28 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2010. Foday lost part of his leg when he was 12 as a result of The Sierra Leone Civil War.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love soccer because it brings people together." 

Favorite pump-up song:  Anything inspired by West African Guinea

Ignacio "Nacho" Medrano 

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Ignacio “Nacho” has been playing soccer for 27 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 1991. Nacho lost part of his leg due to bone cancer when he was 27. In addition to soccer, Nacho is involved with sled hockey, sit-down volleyball, swimming and wheelchair basketball.

Favorite thing about soccer: "I love the competitive aspects of the game."

 

Jason Evans

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Defense

Jason has been playing soccer for 33 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2018. He lost part of his leg when he was 8 due to osteosarcoma. In addition to soccer, Jason plays sled hockey

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love that soccer brings out creativity, teamwork and camaraderie in a way that no other sport does. It's the universal language. It's also such a strategic game, because you're always thinking three steps ahead. The more you anticipate, the better you are."

 Favorite pump-up song:  You Can't Stop Me by Andy Mineo

Josh Sundquist

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Defense

Josh has been playing soccer for 15 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2014. He lost his left leg when he was 10 to a rare bone cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma. In addition to soccer, Josh is a former ski-racer and enjoys hiking and cycling

Favorite thing about soccer: "I love the cool uniforms and the opportunity to represent our country as a team."

 Favorite pump-up song: All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled

Jovan 

Lehfeld-Booker

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Jovan has been playing soccer for 20 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2018. Jovan was born with fibular hemimelia and had part of his leg amputated when he was 10 months old. In addition to soccer, Jovan plays stand-up amputee basketball

Favorite thing about soccer:  "The rewarding feeling of coming together as a team to achieve a common goal."

 Favorite pump-up song:  SICKO MODE by Travis Scott ft. Drake

Keith Mann

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Defense

Keith has been playing soccer for 26 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2004. He lost part of his leg in a parkour accident when he was 17. In addition to soccer, Keith enjoys cycling

Favorite thing about soccer: "I’m fascinated by the movement and the space of the game, it's freeing in a way."

 

Mak Nong

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Mak has been playing soccer for 2 months  and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2018. How did he lose part of his leg? Mak was born lucky. In addition to soccer, Mak plays wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair softball

Favorite thing about soccer: "I love the passion that every player brings and the camaraderie within the team. Everyone is hustling and trying to better each other."

 Favorite pump-up song:   California Love by 2Pac

Nicolai "Nico" Calabria

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Captain

Nicolai “Nico” has been playing soccer for 20 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2010. Nico was “born lucky” without one of his legs. In addition to soccer, Nico enjoys wrestling, volleyball, skiing and mountain climbing

Favorite thing about soccer:  : "I love both, the team dynamic and the moments of individual flair. I also like the opportunity to travel. I'm also  a competitive person, so of course I love games."

 Favorite pump-up song: Can't Nobody Hold Me Down by Diddy

Robert Ferguson

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Defense

Robert has been playing soccer for 32 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2016. He lost part of his leg in a military training accident at Ft. Hood when he was 30 after proudly serving the United States in two overseas tours

Favorite thing about soccer:  "Anybody can do it. You don't have to be the biggest or the strongest. It's a sport for everybody."

 Favorite pump-up song:  Let The Bodies Hit the Floor by Drowning Pool

Robert Anthony Rodriguez

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Robert had been playing soccer for about a year before joining the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2017. Robert was born with fibula hemimelia. In addition to soccer, Robert plays competitive sled hockey, sit-down volleyball, stand-up amputee basketball and adaptive CrossFit

Favorite thing about soccer:   "The level of skill, the challenge and the love that the world has for one sport. It brings so many countries and communities together."

 Favorite pump-up song:  Believer by Imagine Dragons

Travis Oliva

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Goalkeeper

Travis has been playing soccer for 19 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2017. He lost part of his arm in a car accident when he was 11. In addition to amputee soccer, Travis plays able-bodied soccer

Favorite thing about soccer:   "When I make a save, it's a huge thrill."

Favorite pump-up song:  Waving Flag by K'naan

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