U.S. Men’s Team beat host Brazil in Hockey World League 2 Rio

Four players contribute to Team USA’s 5-0 victory over Brazil this morning

USA Field Hockey LogoRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 2, 2013 – Fans braved the rain to see the U.S. take on Brazil this morning on the third day of competition at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA struck four times in the first half en route to a 5-0 victory over the host nation. Four players were in the scoring column contributing to today’s shutout victory, including Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Cali.), Manny Martinez (San Diego, Cali.), Mohan Gandhi (Ventura, Cali.) and Will Holt (Camarillo, Cali.). Continue reading →

U.S. Men’s Hockey team lost 6-1 to South Africa in World League 2 at Rio

Rookie Manny Martinez scores Team USA’s lone goal in the second match of World League Round 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: February 28, 2013  – The U.S. faced a tough 6-1 loss against South Africa today after a strong first half performance in the second match of World League Round 2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

USA Field Hockey LogoTeam USA held the No. 12 world ranked team to only one goal in the first half and had several chances to equalize the match with four penalty corners. Manny Martinez (San Diego, Cali.), playing in his second international tournament with the U.S. Men’s National Team, recorded the lone goal of the match and chronicled the second goal of his career with the national team. Continue reading →

U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team falls 1-0 to Chile in Brazil

Despite a convincing performance, Chile defeated the U.S. 1-0 in the opening match of World League Round 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Feb 27, 2013 – The U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team opened their World League Round 2 campaign against Chile this afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games. Despite a solid performance and numerous scoring opportunities, the U.S. fell 1-0 to the No. 25 world ranked team.

FIH Men's Hockey World League Round 2 Rio de Janeiro

“I thought we controlled the match very well, had a lot of possession and moved the ball up the field with ease,” said head coach Chris Clements. “We were very successful when we created pressure and forced the ball in to the circle, however, we were just a little tentative in our final attacking movements towards the goal. This will be an area we will look to improve on in the upcoming matches.” Continue reading →

U.S Men’s Squad for Hockey World League 2 Rio is Named

Clements has selected 18-athletes to represent the U.S. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World League Round 2

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chris Clements, head coach of the U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team, today announced the 18-player roster for the upcoming International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 27-March 5. Team USA arrives in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow for a brief preparation period prior to the start competition. Three athletes, Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Cali.), Spencer Reed (Ventura, Cali.) and Kanwarpreet Sidhu (San Jose, Cali.), will look to record their first cap with the national team while in Brazil. Continue reading →

USA Field Hockey announces partnership with AstroTurf® through 2016

AstroTurf® will be the Official Turf Provider for USA Field Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – February 11, 2013 – Today AstroTurf®, an industry leader for synthetic field hockey playing surfaces in the United States and around the world, signed a partnership to be the Official Turf Provider for USA Field Hockey through 2016. The multi-year agreement will also make AstroTurf® the presenting sponsor of college coach hospitality at all USA Field Hockey national events.

USA Field Hockey Logo“We are working with USA Field Hockey coaches, players and staff to develop more interest in the middle school, high school and private school sectors to expose more athletes to field hockey at an earlier age,” said Andy Belles, Brand Manager for AstroTurf®. “New products on the forefront will help with managing and utilizing water more efficiently and portable surfaces that don’t sacrifice the quality of play are soon to be launched. Our goal in the United States is to help grow the game of field hockey and we couldn’t be more pleased to be the official turf providers of USA Field Hockey.” Continue reading →

Smith-Puzo hangs up field hockey stick after decade on U.S. Women’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Veteran field hockey player and two-time Olympian, Keli Smith-Puzo (Selinsgrove, Pa.) has officially announced her retirement and is hanging up her field hockey stick after a glittering 10 year career as a striker on the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“There will be a huge void to fill on team with the absence of Keli,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director for USA Field Hockey. “She is a wonderful player, wife and mother and an inspiration to many young athletes. I want to congratulate her on what she has achieved and wish her every bit of success in all her future endeavors. Aside from her athletic accomplishments, Keli recently played an important role on the search committee for USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Team Head Coach.” Continue reading →