McGoldrick selected for United States squad

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CASTLEFORD Tigers full-back Ryan McGoldrick is in the United States squad for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches.

McGoldrick (pictured) is one of eight survivors from the United States team that lost to Samoa at Widnes in 2007 in the qualifying semi-final for the last World Cup.

Also in the 30-man squad is winger Matt Petersen, who played 16 matches for Wakefield from 2008-09.

The Americans, who are trying to qualify for their first World Cup under former Bradford coach Matthew Elliott, will be captained by Jacksonville’s Apple Pope who led them in their recent Colonial Cup clashes with Canada.

“I know the players are keen to do well and I am very excited about the tournament and the challenges we will face,” said Elliott, who will have former Leeds and Sheffield loose forward Marcus Vassilakopoulos as an assistant.

United States, Jamaica and South Africa will play a round-robin tournament in Philadelphia to determine the third member of group D alongside Wales and Cook Islands.