July 8, 1999
Four members of the UCLA men's soccer team have been selected to compete for the United State at the Pan American Games, which will take place July 23-August 7 in Winnipeg, Canada.
Selected to the team were Bruin seniors Steve Shak (Cerritos, CA/Gahr HS), Pete Vagenas (Pasadena, CA/St. Francis HS) and Sasha Victorine (Carmichael, CA/Rio Americano HS), along with junior Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma, CA/Alta Loma HS). Bruin junior goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair, CA/Montclair HS) and sophomore midfielder Ryan Futagaki (Fountain Valley, CA/Fountain Valley HS) were chosen as alternates.
Although the competition is for Under-23 teams, most of the players picked by head coach Clive Charles are members of the U-20, U-18 and U-17 teams. Six members of the U-20 team that advanced to the second round of the World Youth Championships in April were selected, including Bocanegra. Rimando and Futagaki were also part of that U-20 team.
The U.S. men will play opening matches against Cuba (July 23), Honduras (July 25), Jamaica (July 29) and Uruguay (July 31).
The U.S. won its only Pan American soccer gold medal in 1991 in Havana, Cuba, topping Mexico 2-1 in overtime on a spectacular free kick from Joe-Max Moore. The only other time the U.S. has earned a medal at the Pan-Am Games came in 1959 when the U.S. placed third in Chicago with a 4-2 record.
Current U.S. Men's National Team players who have participated in past Pan-Am Games include Claudio Reyna, Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel, Eddie Pope and Cobi Jones. The U.S. has compiled an all-time record of 17-29-5 since participating in their first Pan-Am Games tournament in 1959. Since that time, the U.S. has participated in the quadrennial event 10 consecutive times.
The Pan American Games are second in size only to the Olympics and are held every four years during the summer preceding the Summer Olympiad. An estimated 5,000 athletes from 42 nations will compete in 41 different sports at the 1999 games. Rosters for both U.S. teams will be announced next week.
Complete 18-man U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers - Adin Brown, Tim Howard.
Defenders - Nelson Akwari, Carlos Bocanegra (UCLA/Alta Loma, CA), Dan Califf (Maryland/Orange, CA), Steve Shak (UCLA/Cerritos, CA), Evan Whitfield.
Midfielders - DaMarcus Beasley, Jason Cropley (Maryland, La Ca-ada, CA), Cory Gibbs, Pete Vagenas (UCLA/Pasadena, CA), Sasha Victorine (UCLA/Carmichael, CA), Brian Winters.
Forwards - Chris Albright, Connor Casey, Landon Donovan (Redlands, CA), Taylor Twellman, Michael Preis (Cal State Northridge/Chatsworth, CA).