In some of the unbelievable single-game performances by a U.S. males’s nationwide area hockey group within the final 20 years, the Boys in Blue beat Canada 2-1 in a Pan American Cup pool B match. Canada was an enormous favourite coming into the match, given its potential to qualify for the Olympics the final two events. However the consequence has put the U.S. group into place in the direction of qualifying for its first FIH males’s World Cup because the match was organized in 1971.
Although the U.S. has by no means certified for the FIH males’s World Cup, the States got here shut in 2009 after they misplaced to Canada in further time. It was a sport by which the U.S. led for practically 50 minutes, however fell on a Paul Wetlaufer tally. There was just one berth accessible for the World Cup by way of the Pan American zone.
However that was then; immediately was an achievement which defies rationalization. Right this moment’s purpose scorers for the U.S. group, Jack Heldens and Kai Kokolakis, made their method to the U.S. roster by way of Germany.
Heldens’ father Joachim performed for the DHB League in Germany in addition to the senior males’s nationwide group. Heldens declared for for america final yr. Kokolakis is from Weisbaden, and has been with the U.S. program for 5 years.
The States now high Pool B, and, like their sisters on the ladies’s nationwide group, want only a draw of their ultimate pool match in opposition to Mexico to win the pool and get into the crossover spherical solely needing to win one sport to get to the World Cup.
Just for the U.S. males, there’s no margin for error. Solely two Pan American berths are up for grabs on this match; the States have to make the championship ultimate of the Pan American Cup to get into the World Cup.
Full marks must go to goalkeeper Jonathan Klages and the U.S. protection, in addition to Harry Singh, Jun Kentwell, and the U.S. teaching workers.