The American national team has a roster filled with professional players — only three members of its current team is listed as unattached.
The Canadian national team has only three professionals on its roster — the rest of the team is made up of amateurs from Ontario and Quebec.
So when the two teams meet in Costa Rica for a two-game play-in series at the CONCACAF Futsal Championships, it will be David vs. Goliath. The Canadian national futsal squad plays the Americans May 4 and 6 in Costa Rica; the winner of the series gets placed in Group B for the CONCACAF championships; the losing team gets plane tickets home.
The CONCACAF championships act as the qualifier for the Futsal World Cup.
All but three of the American players are under contract to teams in the Major Arena Soccer League, including Danny Waltman, who was named the MASL’s goalkeeper of the year in 2016. Canada has three MASL vets: Ian Bennett of the Milwaukee Wave, Frederico Moojen of the St. Louis Ambush and Vahid Assadpour of the Missouri Comets.
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