June 21, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego State men's soccer standout Kraig Chiles is one of 14 players to be selected to compete for the United States in the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, national team head coach Keith Tozer announced Wednesday.
Chiles, one of three forwards on the roster, and the U.S. national squad will face Panama at 8 p.m. ET on July 2, the winner of a playoff between Canada and El Salvador at 8 p.m. ET on July 3, and host Guatemala at 10 p.m. ET on July 4 in Group A. The CONCACAF Futsal Championship serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Four teams will qualify from CONCACAF to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will take place Nov. 1-18 in Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok, Thailand.
Chiles scored 21 times over his career with the Aztecs (2003-07). He was a three-time all-Pac-10 Conference selection, earning first-team honors in 2007, honorable mention accolades in 2006 and second-team recognition in 2005.
In his final year on Montezuma Road, Chiles led the Pac-10 in shots (62) and was second with 20 points on eight goals and four assists. He also led SDSU in games started (19) and shots on goal (26).
SDSU will begin its quest for a national championship on Aug. 18, when it plays host to New Mexico in a friendly starting at 1 p.m. PT. The Aztecs' regular season gets underway in Indianapolis, Ind., when they participate in The adidas/IU Credit Union Classic where they will face Notre Dame (Aug. 31) and Indiana (Sept. 2).
San Diego State's home opener is slated for Sept. 7, when it plays host to the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament at SDSU Sports Deck at Montezuma Road. The Aztecs will welcome Houston Baptist (Sept. 7) and Ohio State (Sept. 9) to campus in a festivity-filled weekend where the program will play its first game at SDSU Sports Deck under the lights (Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. PT) and honor the 1987 team that advanced to the NCAA title game.