U.S. Amputee Soccer Team

U.S. Amputee Soccer Team

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**Amputee soccer's U.S. National Team**

I've watched plenty of soccer in my life. However, I've never seen it like this!

I was given access to the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team's National Team training camp here in Houston. These are incredible athletes & it was an honor to share their story. You have to see the video of the soccer - it's physical, fast & fascinating!
Vasu Sojitra was one of a handful of players who made their U.S. Amputee Soccer Team debuts this past November against Costa Rica. But it wasn’t his first taste of international competition. Vasu has been a professional athlete for some time.

When Vasu was nine months old he was diagnosed with a blood infection which resulted in the amputation of his right leg. While he loved soccer growing up, a good portion in India, he followed his bro and really took to skiing as a teen in Connecticut. Also skateboarding. And climbing. Any seemingly anything active outdoors.

He doesn’t use ‘crutches,’ or better said, he calls them ‘Ninjasticks,’ which have helped him climb amazing peaks, ski backcountry, and play soccer. It’s part of his motto, “Ninjasticking through the woods to bring intersectionality to the outdoors.”

“Back to my first love ⚽️…beyond grateful and honored to be repping the 🇺🇸…” he wrote after his debut.

He’s been featured in numerous ski films, including in a recent Warren Miller movie. From his website, he aims to ‘continue to challenge the biases that go with being a disabled person of color…’ and ‘to work in advocacy for those who are historically marginalized.’

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Foday Dumbuya was born in Sierra Leone and was 12 years old when during the civil war a rouge bullet damaged his right leg, necessitating the amputation. His love of soccer remained, and had to adapt - soon learning about Amputee Soccer.

After debuting for his native country as a teenager, he moved to Houston, Texas in 2006 under asylum and became an American citizen.

“You only can’t do what you tell yourself you can’t do,” he told the Houston Chronicle.

Foday has been a staple on the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team ever since, representing the 🇺🇸 at the 2014 and 2018 Amputee World Cups, and recently played in a pair of friendlies against Costa Rica as the team continues prep for the 2022 World Cup 👊

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Countless ⚽ players, referees, fans and administrators live with disabilities, but are not defined by them. Thank you for growing the game! 💪

U.S. Association of Blind Athletes - USABA USA Deaf Soccer Association U.S. Amputee Soccer Team USPSA - United States Power Soccer Association CP Soccer AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) VIP United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer) TopSoccer

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Asociación Deportiva de Fútbol Amputados Costa Rica 🇨🇷 VS U.S. Amputee Soccer Team 🇺🇸

Entrevistas a jugadores de ambas selecciones luego del segundo Partido jugado el día Domingo 14 de noviembre.
No hat
No glasses
No ski gear
No problem

Back to my first love ⚽️ and this time debuting for and U.S. Amputee Soccer Team vs. Costa Rica. Beyond grateful and honored to be repping the 🇺🇸 with my fellow gimps with my big bros number # 22. Thanks for taking me all the way here bro ski. Wouldn’t be here without you and so many others.

LFG!

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U.S. Amputee Soccer Team ID Camp August 2021

What’s a weekend! The power in playing with other amputees in a sport that I grew up playing the moment I learned how to walk on crutches in India is beyond comprehensible. Thanks for such an eventful weekend that brought so much Disabled joy to a space that needs it. Hugh south out to Nico Calabria, Rafael Perdigao, Brazilian Times Newspaper, and the Brazilian Community Heritage Foundation for making this happen! I wish I was still chowing down on that Brazillian food y'all provided so generously.

I said to Purvish, the father of Kavi who happens to be a 15-year-old Gujarati-American with an amputation on the team, "I wish I had this when I was 15, I don't even know where I'd be with my self-confidence; to see people like me sharing and feeling loved. We come together not just to play soccer, but 1. have a space where we don't need to explain our existence and 2. someone will actually pass us the ball." The sense that these spaces continue to normalize disability is the reason I continue to go back. Remember y'all being Disabled means you're human and visa versa.

Let's keep it going Team USA! On to World Championships and one day the Paralympics!

If folks with amputation or limb differences are looking to join our team please email [email protected]. On the field players are lower extremity amputees or folks with limb differences and required to use forearm crutches and goalies have to have an upper extremity amputation or limb difference. We're really working to expand our Women's team so please reach out if you're interested. And for my international followers that have an amputation or limb difference click this link to see which country takes part internationally within the World Amputee Football Federation. (https://www.worldamputeefootball.org/whos-playing.htm)

See you on the pitch!

📷: Vanessa Lara Photography

📍: Land of the Pawtucket and Massachusett Tribe

RobertAnthony Rodriguez shares his empowering story in this week’s Heroes of Sport. At just 10 months old, Robert had to have his leg amputated below the knee due to fibular hemimelia. But that didn't slow him down.

His drive to not only compete with his peers, but to be the best, placed him right in sports including baseball, karate, and basketball. Not only was he competing in standing sports, but was also competing with a basic prosthetic leg, which was not as ideal as the fitted athletic leg he uses today.

He was introduced to adaptive athletics through a running and swimming clinic, and since has joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in addition to joining the world of competitive para-triathlon with the help of CAF. And this week he's participating in his first official USA Triathlon race. You got this, Robert!!
Musabwa Nzirimwo started playing soccer in Africa in 2014. It was a popular sport, so in his free time, he and his friends would play for fun. In 2015, he came to America, where he joined the Tillie's Touch recreational league as well as the JV team at PSLA at Fowler High School.

“I like that it requires teamwork, and it keeps me motivated,” Musa explained. “Soccer has taught me how to work as part of a team and how to deal with the ups and downs of life.”

Musa knows a thing or two about life’s challenges: he is an amputee, having lost a leg at seven years old when a bomb blew up in front of him in Congo, where he is from. Wearing a prosthetic, he has continued his passion for soccer. It hasn’t been easy, he noted, explaining that he had to learn to walk and run all over again.

But his efforts have paid off: he was recently selected to play for the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team! Learn more about this inspiring story: http://www.syracusecityschools.com/districtpage.cfm?pageid=11602

UPDATE 5/4/21: A GoFundMe has been set up by Tillie's Touch to support Musa's participation on the US National Amputee team - click here to donate! https://www.gofundme.com/f/us-national-amputee-soccer-team-for-musa-nzirimwo?utm_campaign=p_cp_url&utm_medium=os&utm_source=customer

Official page of the American Amputee Soccer Association and US National Amputee Soccer Team. We wel

Operating as usual

01/01/2023

The American Amputee Soccer Association wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! Check our website out for exciting events for youth and women in 2023!

Photos from Adaptive Sports Connection's post 12/30/2022

🔥 🔥 🔥 Go Adaptive Sports Connection!

12/24/2022

The American Amputee Soccer Association would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas 🎄

12/19/2022

The American Amputee Soccer Association mourns the loss of the founder of amputee soccer, Don Bennett. What started as an innocent kick of a soccer ball in his driveway, is now played in over 60 countries and 5 continents! We are blessed that we were able to honor Mr. Bennett as the first inductee into our US Amputee Soccer Hall of Fame in March of this year. Thank you, Don, for you ingenuity, vision, and love. Your memory and legacy will be eternal.

12/18/2022

The American Amputee Soccer Association would like to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah. Many blessings to you and your families during this Holiday season!

Photos from U.S. Soccer's post 12/12/2022

Photos from U.S. Soccer's post

12/05/2022

December is U.S. Disability Soccer Month. Be on the lookout for special events celebrating adaptive soccer players and organizations. More information to follow.

12/01/2022

Thank you for your support on to AASA. For more information go to www.usampsoccer.org

11/29/2022

If you want to be part of the change you hope to see in our community…If you have a Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) on being part of the solution… If you want to grow the women and youth sport—please take a moment to donate to AASA. Visit www.usampsoccer.org You won’t regret it!

11/28/2022

AASA remains committed to growing the sport by supporting youth and the women's game. You can show the power of collective generosity this by visiting www.usampsoccer.org or clicking on the link. Thanks in advance!

11/25/2022

We can’t do this important work without the generosity of donors who care about AASA. Please support our goal to raise $10,000 by , November 29. Your generous gift today will help support building our youth programs and building the women's game. Please donate today.

11/24/2022

AASA wishes you a happy Thanksgiving!

11/22/2022

Shout out to all our volunteers, supporters, and donors for their generosity – helping us to keep the good going – so good things happen. Save the date: November 29th.

11/21/2022

Good luck to the as they take on Wales in their World Cup opener! We are rooting for you!

Photos from U.S. Amputee Soccer Team's post 11/05/2022

Wishing our ambassador, , best of luck today. Bring home the MLS 🏆 ‼️‼️

2022 Amputee World Cup 11/02/2022

2022 Amputee World Cup

2022 Amputee World Cup We followed the USA Amputee national team at the 2022 World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey. The team has been using Veo for a while; In their preparations for the t...

Inside the United States' Amputee Soccer World Cup campaign 10/25/2022

Inside the United States' Amputee Soccer World Cup campaign

https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-espn-fc-united/story/4771961/inside-the-united-states-amputee-soccer-world-cup-campaign

Check out this story written by ESPN to get a sense of what the team and sport is al about. Thank you Tony Mabert and Danielle Villasana

Inside the United States' Amputee Soccer World Cup campaign Amputee soccer is a volunteer-led sport where players are either born with a limb difference or have undergone an amputation. And this is World Cup.

09/30/2022

The Amputee World Cup starts today! For more information on schedules and how to watch live visit www.waffworldcup2022.com

09/29/2022

Amputee World Cup starts in only a few days...only 1 team comes home with the trophy. Watch LIVE at https://waffworldcup2022.com

09/28/2022

Amputee World Cup Schedule, Game 1 October 1 @ 6AM EST, check our website out for latest updates including how to watch LIVE
www.usampsoccer.org

Photos from U.S. Amputee Soccer Team's post 09/27/2022

A special thanks to the for allowing us access to their training facility during our last training camp before the in Turkey.

Photos by

09/27/2022

The US Amputee Soccer Staff
Israel Sanchez
Role – Technical Trainer/ Assistant Coach
Hometown – Downey, California
Fun Fact – Israel nickname is itchy and more people use this name than his actual name
www.usampsoccer.org

09/24/2022

The US Amputee Soccer Staff
Fabian Soldevilla
Role – Assistant Coach
Hometown – Dallas, Texas
Fun Fact – Is a faculty member at University of Texas Southwestern prosthetics/orthotics department and is the best average disc golfer
www.usampsoccer.org

09/22/2022

The US Amputee Soccer Staff
Dr. Emily Maxwell
Role – Physical Therapist
Hometown – Springfield, Virginia
Fun Fact – Emily was a part of the 2014 Lynchburg College team that won the Division 3 Women’s Soccer National Championship.
www.usampsoccer.org

09/21/2022

Congrats 🙌🏻⚽️ Buddy of the Year

09/20/2022

Only 10 days to the start of . Follow the team at . Matches will be broadcast LIVE

Sandy Creek grad to compete for Team USA in Amputee World Cup 09/19/2022

Sandy Creek grad to compete for Team USA in Amputee World Cup

Shout out to TJ Reff and this recent article written about him

Sandy Creek grad to compete for Team USA in Amputee World Cup A fundraiser for TJ's journey to Istanbul, Turkey will be held on Sunday Sept. 18 from 12-4pm at the Lacona Fire Department. Come help out and take part in raff

09/19/2022

The US Amputee Soccer Staff
Jim Franks
Role – Assistant Coach
Hometown – Commack, New York
Fun Fact – At age 10, moved to Greece for 4 years where he fell in love with the game of soccer. After he returned from Greece, Jim graduated from Center Moriches HS. Jim played soccer at CW Post College, Long Island and captained his team senior year.
www.usampsoccer.org or .org

09/19/2022

Thank you FC Neshanic

Come to the Branchburg Country Fair (White Oak Park) this weekend , September 24th 11am- 6pm to play some soccer tennis, support the team and get to know more about FCN! Hope to see you there ! ⚽️ Branchburg Country Fair

09/17/2022

The American Amputee Soccer Association is proud to join for their Common Ground opening in NYC tomorrow at 1 PM. Join us at (New Design High School, 350 Grand St, New York, NY 10002 entrance on Essex St). Doors open at 9AM See you there!

09/16/2022

US Amputee Soccer congratulates our ambassador on being called up to the September Squad for International friendly play in preparation for

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The Amputee World Cup starts today! For more information on schedules and how to watch live visit www.waffworldcup2022.c...
Amputee World Cup starts in only a few days...only 1 team comes home with the trophy. Watch LIVE at https://waffworldcup...
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