Saturday’s Team USA Spring Premiere, an exhibition game for the U.S. men’s national team, will be streamed live on the US Lacrosse website. The Blue-White game will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and begins at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).
Saturday’s game will be the final evaluation of the 48-member U.S. men’s team roster before head coach John Danowski and his staff select the 23-player travel roster for this summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Netanya, Israel. This will be the seventh U.S. team event Danowski and his staff have used to evaluate potential players since he was named the head coach in late 2015.
The U.S. roster includes three returning all-world players from the most recent FIL World Championship in 2014 – attackman Rob Pannell, midfielder Paul Rabil and defenseman Tucker Durkin.
Rabil and Durkin were two of the 12 players named to the 2017 All-Major League Lacrosse team, which also included U.S. team members Greg Gurenlian (FO), Marcus Holman (A), Jack Kelly (G), Tom Schreiber (M), Joel White (D) and Jordan Wolf (A). Schreiber, the two-time MLL Most Valuable Player, will not participate in the Team USA Spring Premiere due to his National Lacrosse League game with the Toronto Rock on Saturday night.
Since 1967, the U.S. has won the gold or silver medal at every men’s international world championship in field lacrosse. The U.S. won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. The U.S. finished as the runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.
In addition to the Blue-White game, US Lacrosse will offer clinics for players, coaches and officials in conjunction with the Team USA Spring Premiere.
All clinics will include a ticket to the game as part of the registration fee. To sign up for any of the clinics, click here.
The U.S. men’s national team trains and plays using best-in class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Cascade (helmets), STX (equipment), Warrior (equipment), SISU Guard (mouthguards) and The Pearl by Guardian (balls). In addition to these partners, MedStar Sports Medicine, Greenfields, Nationwide, Sports Force Parks and Sweat X are official sponsors of the national team. Team training is also aided by products from DJO Global, Motive Pure, NormaTec Recovery and Athletic Republic.For more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit teamusa.uslacrosse.org. Follow the team on social media @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and and YouTube.