• Aug. 4, 2022

    Three selected to international futsal teams

    International futsal teamsThree Upper St. Clair student-athletes have been selected to U.S. Youth Futsal (USYF) International teams. Ninth graders Sierra Dupre and Mary Mascaro along with eighth grader Abby Mascaro will compete with their respective USYF teams in Portugal this winter.

    This marks the second year in a row that Sierra has been named to a USYF International Team. She will compete on the 2008 team. Mary and Abby will compete on the 2007 and 2009 teams, respectively. Teams are determined by the player’s age.

    Futsal is a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a 5 v 5 small-sided game played on a hard surface, basketball-sized court with a smaller, low bounce ball. The USYF International Teams are comprised of the top players from throughout the nation. The athletes train together and represent USYF internationally.

    “All three girls participated in several rounds of national ID trials since April,” Libby Mascaro, Mary and Abby’s mom and a coach for Beadling Soccer Club and Pittsburgh Assassins Futsal Club, said. “They competed against the best futsal players in the country at the final round in Kansas in July.”

    As incoming freshmen, Sierra and Mary are trying out for the Upper St. Clair High School soccer team this month. Sierra plays club soccer for the Riverhounds Academy. Both Abby and Mary compete with the Pittsburgh Assassins Futsal Club and the Beadling Soccer Club.

    USYF is the largest youth futsal organization in the country with more than 100 local leagues. Its mission is to grow the sport of futsal and create programs for youth that help provide access to the game. Its programs focus on player development, opportunities for international competition, coach education and referee education.