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Men's Team from Puerto Rico Announced


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2017 - The Puerto Rico Men's National Team returns to action at the end of July, when it participates in the XII Pan American Cup in Canada from July 23 to 31.


The other major competition for the national squad will be the NORCECA Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado in September.


"This group has a mix of internationally proven players and some of the top prospects of the country. There is a lot of talent and the challenge now is to start working in an organized way in search of the goals in each tournament," said FPV Vice President Herminio Nieves.


Faced with these events, the program has 19 players: Edgardo Goas, Sequiel Sánchez, Arturo Iglesias, Maurice Torres, Ulises Maldonado, Kevin López, Pelegrín Vargas, Pablo Rodriguez, Mannix Román, Ramón Burgos, Steven Morales, Dennis Del Valle, Arnel Cabrera, Pedro Nieves, Víctor Cosme, Ezequiel Cruz, Pedro Molina and Brian Negrón.


"We have a good group of players who have been committed and have worked since the end of April. We are already in the last two weeks of preparation for the Cup," explained Coach Ramon 'Monchito' Hernandez.


Puerto Rico will participate in the Cup alongside eleven other national teams - United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Chile.


New Captain

During the Press Conference, Nieves introduced the setter, Edgardo Goas as the new captain of the national team.


"Goas will be the captain, but we will also have a co-captain who will be Sequiel Sánchez, for the different events of the cycle," Nieves said.


Looking for the World Championship

The selection will play in September the NORCECA Championship which will have 12 teams and will grant five spots to the FIVB World Championship of 2018.


The NORCECA will be from September 23 to 30 in the Colorado Springs.


In the tournament the selection will be vying for one berth to the World Championship to be played in Italy and Bulgaria, next year.