USA Revolution - Men's National Team
The USA Revolution is the men’s All-Star Australian Football team, consisting of the best American Footy players from around the country.
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 program was founded in 1999 when the team, coached by Australian Football legend Paul Roos, played Canada in the first ever 49th Parallel Cup (then known as the CanAm Cup) in Chicago. The Canadian Northwind, the Canadian Men’s All-Star Team, and the Revolution have developed a strong rivalry by playing against each other for the 49th Parallel Cup in each of the years preceding an International Cup.
The International Cup is hosted by the Australian Football League (AFL) in Australia every three years and the Revolution have competed in every tournament since its inception in 2002. The Revolution have finished as high as 3rd (out of 11 teams) and they finished 4th (out of 18 teams) in 2011, arguably the teams best ever result. The highlight of the 2011 International Cup would have to be defeating South Africa at ANZ Stadium as a curtain raiser to a match between the Sydney Swans and St. Kilda Saints, and setting up a semi-final clash with Papua New Guinea.
The team is currently coached by Matt Bishop and he is assisted by former Revolution coach, Denis Ryan, and former Revolution player, Jason Becker. The current Captain of the Revolution is Daniel Sarbacker, a very experienced and inspirational player and leader.
Greg Borchardt was appointed as the Team Manager in 2013 and Steve Budrick is the team's Trainer. Steve has been assisting the team since the very first International Cup in 2002.
The future of the Revolution program lies with the plethora of young, athletic American males who, at the moment, are not exposed to the game until their late teens or early twenties. The staff continue to work hard at exposing younger players to the game and strive to fast track their development.
The Development Squad (previously known as the Under 23's), the brain child of USAFL devotee Christopher Adams, was implemented in 2009 to provide younger players with the opportunity to experience Australian Football at the international level. A squad of players were invited to Toronto to play an under 23 game against Canada and they far exceeded expectations by winning the game convincingly. More importantly six players from this game were elected as part of the Revolution squad to travel to Australia for the 2011 International Cup and one player was chosen in an honorary World Team, as one of the best players at the tournament.
Support the team
The team has competed at each AFL International Cup (IC) since the inaugural tournament in 2002 and will once again be heading to Australia next August to compete in the 2014 IC. The cost of the tour and associated training camp is estimated at more than $150,000 of which less than 10% is currently funded. The shortfall is made up by the participants themselves. Your donation will help ease this financial burden these players and their coaching staff are faced with. All donations are tax deductible!