Three Bruin Soccer Players Selected To Pan American Games Squad

July 7, 2007

UCLA's Greg Folk, Chance Myers and Michael Stephens have been selected to the 17-man U.S. roster for the Pan-American Games, which will take place July 13-26 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eleven of the 17 players on the U.S. squad are collegians.

The Bruin trio have played with various U.S. Youth National Teams in previous tournaments. Folk, a senior defender from Woodland Hills, Calif., was on the U-18 squad that won the 2005 Milk Cup. Myers, a sophomore defender from Thousand Oaks, Calif., played with the U-20 squad that placed second at the 2006 Milk Cup. Stephens, a sophomore midfielder from Naperville, Ill., has played with both the U-18s and U-20s this past year.

The team will open the tournament on July 15 against Venezuela at 2:15 p.m. PT at the Zico Football Center before taking on Bolivia on July 18 at 11 a.m. PT at the Miecimo da Silva Sport Complex. The U.S. will round out group play against Mexico on July 21 at 6 a.m. PT at Brazil's famed Maracana Stadium. The tournament semifinals will take place on July 24, and the third place and final matches will be held on July 27, all at Maracana Stadium.

The Pan American games are a continental version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic Program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. Always conducted one year before the Olympic Games, the first Pan American Games were held in 1951, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inspired by the holding of the first Central American Games in 1924, the Latin American representatives of the International Olympic Committee proposed the creation of a competition that would include all the countries in the Americas to strengthen sport activities in the region.

U.S. Pan-American Games Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Warren Gross (Penn State), Kevin Klasila (Santa Clara University)
DEFENDERS (5): Kevin Alston (Indiana University), Shawn Barry (Miramar, Fla.), Greg Eckhardt (Clemson University), Greg Folk (UCLA), Chance Myers (UCLA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jalil Anibaba (Santa Clara), Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), TJ Cyrus (Norfolk, Va.), Jeremy Hall (University of Maryland), Dan Kelly (Indiana University), Stephen McCarthy (Santa Clara University), Michael Stephens (UCLA)
FORWARDS (3): Danny Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.), Omar Gonzalez (University of Maryland), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan)

U.S. Men's Pan-American Team Schedule
July 15 - Venezuela, Zico Football Center, 2:15 p.m. PT
July 18 - Bolivia, Miécimo da Silva Complex, 11 a.m. PT
July 21 - Mexico, Maracanã Stadium, 6 a.m. PT
July 24 - Semifinals, Maracanã Stadium, 11:30 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. PT
July 27 - Finals, Maracanã Stadium, 11 a.m. PT

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