US Team Prepares for Men’s Pan American Championships

Preparation for the Men’s Pan American Championships (MPAC) in Aracaju, Brazil is in full swing for the US Men’s National Team. They recently completed a week of training at the Lakeshore USOC Training Center in Birmingham, Alabama and are now traveling to Brazil for additional training and 2 friendly matches (2 June vs a Brazilian club team and 4 June vs Greenland)

I’ve had some email contact with Asst Coach Chris Cappelmann and he felt that they had had several good practices under the tutelage of new Head Coach Isidoro Martinez. Cap indicated that he felt that if the US can stay healthy and continue to gel as a team they should have a good chance to finish in the top 3 and earn a World Championship berth for Germany 2007. Cap also noted that he very much regretted having to resign from his Asst Coach position due to work commitments as a result of staffing shortages with the Atlanta Fire Department. Dennis Berkholz will be assisting Coach Martinez in Brazil.

The US Team opens pool play against Mexico on 6 June at 1800 Local, 1700 EST.

David Thompson- Condors
Gary Hines- Condors
Tom Fitzgerald- NYAC (Garden City)
Danny Caparelli- NYAC (Garden City)
Divine Jackson- NYAC (Garden City)
Milan Ciric- NYAC (Garden City)
Mike Hinson- Los Angeles THC
Ryan Hansell- Atlanta Team Handball
John Kelly- Atlanta Team Handball
Troy Steffen- Atlanta Team Handball
Jeff Goss- Atlanta Team Handball
Patrick Oliver- Atlanta Team Handball
Gill Bozeman- Atlanta Team Handball
Mark Ortega- Miami Sharks
Muris Lacarivic- Miami Sharks

Note: The following players were originally on the team, but aren’t making the trip for the reasons indicated
Matt Van Houten (Retired)
Bobby Dunn (Work Commitment)
Radji Mateen (Work Commitment)
Joe Lamour (Injury)
Levi Henderson (Work Commitment)