United States Men's National Australian Rules Football Team
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United States Men's National Australian Rules Football Team

United States
USA Revolution Logo.png
USA Revolution
Tom Ellis[1]
United States Australian Football League
First international
1999 49th Parallel Cup [2]
Largest win
2014 International Cup
Largest defeat
2002 International Cup

The United States national Australian rules football team, nicknamed the Revolution, represents the United States of America in the sport of Australian rules football. The Revolution are named after the American Revolution (an event which gave the country separation from the British Empire) and wear the colors of the American flag.

The team plays in international tournaments, including the Australian Football International Cup, as well as exhibition matches against other countries. The US national team has participated in every International Cup since its inception in 2002. The team's best result has been third behind New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at the 2005 Australian Football International Cup.[3][1]

Revolution players are selected from United States-born players from USAFL clubs across the country.[4][5]

Coaches

Australian football legend Paul Roos coached the national side's inaugural game in 1999 at Chicago (Naperville, 8/1/99) to victory over Canada USA 10:15(75) CAN 8:12(60) before returning to Australia be appointed as coach of the Australian Football League side the Sydney Swans.

Under 2006 head coach Tom Ellis, the Revolution lost in a lopsided score to the ex-patriate team (the All-comers) in a January 2006 match played as a curtain raiser to the AFL exhibition match held at UCLA.

On November 2, 2006, it was announced that Australian Trevor Lovitt would be the new Revolution head coach. Lovitt had served as an Assistant Coach (1998-2001) with the Noble Park Football Club (a premier division Eastern Football League club), winning the premiership twice, and twice finishing runner-up. In 2002 and 2003, Trevor served as the Head Coach of Mulgrave Football Club's (division 2 Eastern Football League) senior team which finished 3rd in 2002 and 2nd in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was an assistant with Frankston Football Club in the Victorian Football League. He also served as a recruiting officer for Port Adelaide Football Club in 2004 and 2005.

Prior to the 2008 Australian Football International Cup, Trevor Lovitt stepped down as coach. New York Magpies coach Robert Oliver was appointed coach of the Revolution and guided the team to Melbourne. Matt Bishop became head coach in 2009.[6] Tom Ellis returned as head coach in May 2015.[7]

International competition

International Cup

The U.S. played South Africa at ANZ Stadium during the 2011 International Cup. The U.S. won the match 7.14 (56) to 2.6 (18).
USA International Cup results
Year Finish P W-L-D PF PA %
2002 5/11 6 4-2-0 393 184 213.59
2005 3/10 6 4-2-0 277 200 138.50
2008 7/16 5 3-2-0 342 129 265.12
2011 4/18[8] 6 4-2-0 326 170 191.76
2014 8/18[8] 5 3-2-0 360 166 216.87
2017 4/18 5 3-2-0 312 201 155.22

49th Parallel Cup

The 2015 49th Parallel Cup was played at CBRP Stadium in Florida
49th Parallel Cup
Year Home Team Score Away Team Score
1999 United States USA 10.15 (75) Canada Canada 8.7 (55)
2000 Canada Canada 2.4 (16) United States USA 4.17 (41)
2003 United States USA 9.12 (66) Canada Canada 9.10 (64)
2004 Canada Canada 7.9 (51) United States USA 9.9 (63)
2007 Canada Canada 6.9 (45) United States USA 4.8 (32)
2009 United States USA 12.11 (83) Canada Canada 5.3 (33)
2010 Canada Canada 5.2 (32) United States USA 9.12 (66)
2012 United States USA 7.12 (54) Canada Canada 5.1 (31)
2013 Canada Canada 5.6 (36) United States USA 10.7 (67)
2015 United States USA 6.9 (45) Canada Canada 3.11 (29)

International Cup Squads

2017 IC Squad

2014 IC Squad

2011 IC Squad

2008 IC Squad

2005 IC Squad

The Revolution's best and fairest player at the 2005 International Cup was Donnie Lucero, and he was named to the 2005 International Cup All Stars Team.[11]

Development Team

The USA Revolution established a Development Team in 2012 (formally the U23 National Team), to develop players trying to work their way to the national team. This squad gives coaches opportunities to evaluate potential players for the next Australian Football International Cup. The Development Team competes against Canada's Development squad in an under-card showdown the night before the 49th Parallel Cup. The United States won the 2015 match, 9.9 (63) to 2.3 (15).[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Neumann, Thomas (18 October 2016). "North American clubs put their best footy forward". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017. The best American finish was third in 2005
  2. ^ http://www.worldfootynews.com/staticpages/index.php/World_Rankings_Matches
  3. ^ "International Cup team summaries - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "What's the Score? Australian rules football: Australian Football League" (PDF). Australian Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 2017. Australian Football International Cup, involving 10 countries (New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, United States, Ireland, Samoa, Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, Japan and Spain) with teams composed entirely of nationals
  5. ^ a b c d Ryan, Conor (7 August 2017). "Montrose's stars and stripes". Herald Sun. Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader. Retrieved 2017. All of the Revolution's players hail from USAFL clubs
  6. ^ "USAFL selects new National Team coach". United States Australian Football League. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Barrish, Brian (21 May 2015). "Denver's Ellis Takes the Reigns of USA Revolution". United States Australian Football League. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Pountney, Tom (10 August 2017). "'Grit, one-percenters, pride' is USA credo - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ http://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL%20Tenant/AFL/Files/IntCup%202017%20Teams.pdf
  10. ^ Official Website of the Australian Football League > News Article > Revolution IC 2008 squad named
  11. ^ Rees, Tuifa'asisina Peter. "2005 INTERNATIONAL CUP RESULTS - Samoan Australian Rules Football Association - SportsTG". SportsTG. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Barrish, Brian. "USAFL.com". USAFL.

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