Monarch's Defender On International Duty
Matthew Eby In U.S. Team For The World Deaf Football Championships
By Matt Skinner
Real Maryland defender Matthew Eby has been called up to the United States Deaf national team to participate in the World Deaf Football Championships. The international tournament will take place July 2nd-12th in Patras, Greece.
Eby has been a regular for the national team since his debut in 2004 and has represented the United States on numerous occasions. In 2005 he was part of the US team that finished 9th in the Deaflympics, which took place in Melbourne, Australia.
“We have had a great squad since 2005,” states Eby. “Most of the starters are back with the addition of some newer players. This blend of experience and youth will definitely help us.”
Sixteen countries have entered the inaugural tournament and have been divided into four groups. The top two countries from each group advances to the quarter finals. The United States have been grouped with the Netherlands, China and reigning European champions France.
"The team is very well prepared for the Championships,” the defender explains on the United States’ chances at the upcoming tournament. “Even though we only get together three times a year, most of the players on the team have been keeping fit by playing for a club side or by training on their own. I have been playing professional soccer with the Monarchs and this has been very beneficial. I intend to add my experience to the team.”
The United States will also be boosted by its previous international performances, which has included holding 2005 Deaflympic gold medalists and beaten European finalists Great Britain to a 0-0 tie last Summer.
The United States begin its campaign against the Netherlands on Thursday, July 3rd before facing France on Saturday, July 5th and China on Monday, July 7th.
The final will be held Saturday, July 12th.
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