US Amputee Soccer News:
Dr. Eric Lamberg has decided to step down as the Head Coach of the US National Amputee Soccer Team. Dr. Lamberg has had a tremendous impact on the program, taking on the role ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Culiacan, Mexico. Under his leadership, the national team program underwent a transformation, with improvements in tactics, the establishment of regular team training sessions (a challenging feat with players on both coasts of the USA), and the organization of successful friendly matches with international opponents.
Dr. Lamberg's influence was evident as the USA fielded increasingly competitive teams at the 2018 World Cup in San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico, and the 2022 World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey. The journey also included friendly matches, tournaments in Texas and Costa Rica, and the 2022 World Cup Qualifier where the US secured a commendable second place.
Beyond on-field achievements, Dr. Lamberg significantly contributed to player recruitment and development. The growth of the player base from around a dozen to over 50 potential national team players is a testament to his dedication. He guided and nurtured both new and experienced players, helping them realize their sporting potential with class and dignity. This commitment to integrity is reflected in the team's character, earning respect on and off the field globally.
To Dr. Lamberg, the AASA Board of Directors, the US National Team players, the team medical staff, the players' parents and friends, and all who have been touched by your selfless efforts to grow the sport of amputee soccer and make this program successful and respected - THANK YOU. Your countless hours, thousands of emails, phone calls, planning for training camps, late-night strategy sessions between games, and unwavering support of these elite athletes have truly left an indelible mark on this sport. You've left some very big shoes to fill.