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United States Polo Association

March 18, 2015 20:08 ET

The United States Polo Association Announces FIP World Polo Championship Roster and Schedule

United States Team Will Vie for World Polo Supremacy With Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England and Pakistan in the Sport of Polo's Premier International Competition

LAKE WORTH, FL--(Marketwired - March 18, 2015) - The United States Polo Association® (USPA) today announced the United States team roster and playing schedule for the 10th Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Polo Championship, being held in Santiago, Chile from March 24-29, 2015 at the Club de Polo y Equitación San Cristóbal. 

The United States national polo team is being represented by seven Team USPA players, all under the age of 30 and from several different regions of the country. Most have come up through the United States Polo Association's Intercollegiate/Interscholastic and player development programs. Members of the 2015 team representing the United States at the FIP World Polo Championship are: 

Jesse Bray (5-goal) from Indio, California, age 22
Cody Ellis (2-goal) from Wellington, Florida, age 19
Remy Muller (2-goal) from Santa Barbara, CA, age 22
Will Tankard (3-goal) from Aiken, SC, age 30
Patrick Uretz (3-goal) from Malibu, CA, age 23
Felipe Viana (4-goal) from Charlottesville, VA, age 25
Mason Wroe (4-goal) from Midland, TX, age 30

The team is coached by former 7-goal player Joel Baker of Buellton, California.

"Coach Baker has put together a fantastic young team that will be sure to hold its own against the world's toughest competition and will represent their country in a fine manner," said Peter Rizzo, Chief Executive Officer of the United States Polo Association. "On behalf of the entire membership of the United States Polo Association I wish our team all the best as they seek to become world champion in our historic 125th anniversary year. Go Team USPA!"

This year's field of six teams was divided by random draw into two brackets, Zone A, consisting of Chile, Pakistan, and England, and Zone B, consisting of Argentina, USA and Brazil. In the FIP World Polo Championship, each team plays the other two in its bracket and the two teams with the best records from each bracket will advance to a single-elimination semi-final round, followed by the semi-final winners playing a single match for the world championship.

The United States will play its first round games on Wednesday, March 25 against Argentina and Thursday, March 26 against Brazil. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, March 28 and the final will be played on Sunday, March 29.

"Our team played very well in the FIP Zone A playoffs. Their fine polo skills, teamwork, horsemanship, and sportsmanship are what earned us the opportunity to compete for international polo's top honor," said Joel Baker, Head Coach of Team USPA. "Without a doubt, the competition in Chile will be the hardest we will face as a team, and I know we are prepared for and looking forward to the challenge ahead."

The FIP World Polo Championship is played every three or four years and was inaugurated in 1987. The United States has qualified for the final round of the tournament six out of the nine times it has been held, winning fourth place in 1992 and 1998 and winning the championship in 1989. The United States qualified for the 2015 final round in Chile by winning the FIP Zone A playoffs, going undefeated against regional rivals Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

The United States Polo Association will provide highlights and updates from the opening ceremony as well as all Team USPA matches through Twitter (https://twitter.com/PoloAssociation) with the official hashtag #GoTeamUSPA, and Facebook /Instagram (https://www.facebook.com/USPoloAssociation). 

About the United States Polo Association ®
Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo in North America and is one of the oldest sport governing bodies in the United States. With over 270 member clubs and 40 national tournaments, the USPA governs polo handicaps, tournament rules and safety regulations, to ensure the welfare and being of both horse and player. Funded by sales from the officially licensed consumer brand, U.S. Polo Assn., the USPA purposefully re-invests revenue by underwriting numerous development programs to expand and sustain the sport of polo. For more information please visit www.uspolo.org.

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