Six nations will battle it out for a spot at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games over the next week as the football seven-a-side Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) America Cup gets underway the Canadian city.
The six teams are split into two groups, with hosts Canada, Argentina and Venezuela in Group A, and the United States, Brazil and Mexico in Group B.
Brazil will be buoyed by recent success, after taking a silver medal at the 2013 Intercontinental Cup in Barcelona, Spain, and beating reigning European champions Ukraine at a recent training tournament in The Netherlands.
The tournament is due to get underway on tomorrow, with Canada taking on Argentina before the US face off with Brazil.
Group action comes to a close on Sunday (September 22) with the top two sides from each group progressing to the semi-final stage.
US head coach Stuart Sharp is confident of his side's potential at the tournament.
"It's exciting after six months of focused preparation to be finally taking the US Paralympic national team into a major championship," he said.
"It's going to be a tough group to get out of with the world's on-form side Brazil, and the unpredictable but talented Mexico side in there with us, but we are confident we can get the results that matter and move on to the next stage of the competition.
"There have been a lot of changes to the squad, both in players and philosophy, in the past few months.
"However, the settling process, although short, has been successful and we are now ready to challenge ourselves against the best the Americas region has to offer."
The tournament is scheduled to conclude on September 26 with the two finalists gaining qualification to the World Championships next year.
All matches will be held at the University of Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields.
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