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U.S. Beach Soccer Off to Winning Ways in 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Opener

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 28, 2015) – The U.S. Beach National Soccer Team kicked off the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship with a 4-1 victory against Group C opponent Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Keeping things close in the first period, Antigua & Barbuda aimed to pack the defensive area with players and prevented the U.S. from building many significant chances.

But, the second period was a different story, and the USA quickly converted with its first goal coming in the 13th minute after Andrew Feld sent a right-footed strike inside the near post.

Antigua found the equalizer minutes later, but a perfect goal kick from U.S. goalkeeper Chris Toth went straight from his own goal area into the opposing net in the game’s 20th minute.

Toth’s goal, the eventual game-winner, spurred the USA on to find its rhythm and continue the pressure. Lewie Valentine sent a header to the near side netting in the 25th minute and U.S. captain Nicholas Perera added a bicycle kick-goal in the 35th minute to close out the third period and the match.

The USA faces Barbados on Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET and the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET to wrap up Group C play. Beach Soccer Worldwide is streaming all the tournament games live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer.  

The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Date: March 28, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        0          2          2          4
ATG                                        0          1          0          1

USA                Andrew Feld                13th minute
ATG                Omarie Daniel             19
USA                Chris Toth                   20
USA                Lewie Valentine           25
USA                Nicholas Perera          35

Lineups:

USA: Chris Toth, Jason Leopoldo, Chris Cummings, Lewie Valentine, Nicholas Perera
Subs: Aldo Balsano, Harry Abraham, Alessandro Canale, Andrew Feld, Ryan Futagaki, Max Griffin, Jason Santos 
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

ATG: Tahari Lewis, Troy Dublin, Dave Carr, Desmond Bleau, Odel Murray
Subs: Prince Walter, Omarie Daniel, Gershum Philip, Stephen Hughes, Sherwin Warner, Elvis Thomas, Teon Miller
Head Coach:  Janiel Simon

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Nicholas Perera                      34th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Gonzalo Martinez

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- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Date: March 28, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. ET 
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        0          2          2          4
ATG                                        0          1          0          1

USA                Andrew Feld                13th minute
ATG                Omarie Daniel             19 
USA                Chris Toth                   20
USA                Lewie Valentine           25
USA                Nicholas Perera          35

Lineups:

USA: Chris Toth, Jason Leopoldo, Chris Cummings, Lewie Valentine, Nicholas Perera 
Subs: Aldo Balsano, Harry Abraham, Alessandro Canale, Andrew Feld, Ryan Futagaki, Max Griffin, Jason Santos 
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

ATG: Tahari Lewis, Troy Dublin, Dave Carr, Desmond Bleau, Odel Murray
Subs: Prince Walter, Omarie Daniel, Gershum Philip, Stephen Hughes, Sherwin Warner, Elvis Thomas, Teon Miller
Head Coach:  Janiel Simon

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Nicholas Perera                      34th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Gonzalo Martinez

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U.S. Beach Soccer Off to Winning Ways in 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Opener

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 28, 2015) – The U.S. Beach National Soccer Team kicked off the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship with a 4-1 victory against Group C opponent Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Keeping things close in the first period, Antigua & Barbuda aimed to pack the defensive area with players and prevented the U.S. from building many significant chances.

But, the second period was a different story, and the USA quickly converted with its first goal coming in the 13th minute after Andrew Feld sent a right-footed strike inside the near post.

Antigua found the equalizer minutes later, but a perfect goal kick from U.S. goalkeeper Chris Toth went straight from his own goal area into the opposing net in the game’s 20th minute.

Toth’s goal, the eventual game-winner, spurred the USA on to find its rhythm and continue the pressure. Lewie Valentine sent a header to the near side netting in the 25th minute and U.S. captain Nicholas Perera added a bicycle kick-goal in the 35th minute to close out the third period and the match.

The USA faces Barbados on Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET and the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET to wrap up Group C play. Beach Soccer Worldwide is streaming all the tournament games live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer.  

The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Date: March 28, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        0          2          2          4
ATG                                        0          1          0          1

USA                Andrew Feld                13th minute
ATG                Omarie Daniel             19
USA                Chris Toth                   20
USA                Lewie Valentine           25
USA                Nicholas Perera          35

Lineups:

USA: Chris Toth, Jason Leopoldo, Chris Cummings, Lewie Valentine, Nicholas Perera
Subs: Aldo Balsano, Harry Abraham, Alessandro Canale, Andrew Feld, Ryan Futagaki, Max Griffin, Jason Santos 
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

ATG: Tahari Lewis, Troy Dublin, Dave Carr, Desmond Bleau, Odel Murray
Subs: Prince Walter, Omarie Daniel, Gershum Philip, Stephen Hughes, Sherwin Warner, Elvis Thomas, Teon Miller
Head Coach:  Janiel Simon

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Nicholas Perera                      34th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Gonzalo Martinez

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Beach Mar 28, 2015

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team in El Salvador Ready to Defend CONCACAF Crown

The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will begin its quest to defend its title at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship when it faces Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at 7:45 p.m. ET at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto called a 12-player roster that is now in San Salvador ready to kick things off and try to qualify for another Beach Soccer World Cup.

“I am really happy with how the schedule panned out," said Soto about kicking off qualifying in El Salvador. “To play a game on the first day, then we have a day off, and then we play two in a row. After that, preliminaries are done and quarterfinals come after. We’re going to take things one day at a time and hopefully have a good run in the tournament. I think our fitness level is great and our guys have done an excellent job of taking care of themselves.”

U.S. forward Nick Perera also commented on how important it will be for the USA to take advantage of its strengths in order to not only defend its CONCACAF crown, but qualify for the Beach Soccer World Cup.

“For us, it’s about getting into the World Cup," said Perera. “I think going into El Salvador is tough because that was the team we beat in the championship in 2013. It will be difficult to get back there. But we’re also very fit, athletic, and hardworking, and we defend really well. Those are things we are hoping will help us get to where we want to.”

The U.S. was drawn into Group C where it will play Antigua & Barbuda on March 28, take on Barbados on March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, and face the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. Beach Soccer Worldwide will be streaming the tournament live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer

The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, it will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

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Beach Mar 28, 2015

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Names 12 Players For 2015 CONCACAF Beach Championship

CHICAGO (March 23, 2015) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named a 12-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, running from March 28-April 4 in Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Seven of the 12 players on the roster were part of the team that won the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in the Bahamas and qualified the USA for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti. At the 2013 World Cup, the U.S. lost its first two group matches and won the third, but finished in third place in its group and was unable to advance to the knockout stage.

All 12 players have been part of a U.S. Soccer Beach National Team before.

The U.S. will open Group C play against Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at 7:45 p.m. ET, take on Barbados on March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, and play the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. For game results and updates visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer

For the first time in its history, the tournament will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aldo Balsano (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Chris Toth (San Diego Sockers; Fallbrook, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (4): Harry Abraham (SD Fusion; San Diego, Calif.), Chris Cummings (UCLA; Chatsworth, Calif.), Jason Santos (California Davis; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.).
FORWARDS (5): Alessandro Canale (UC San Diego; Venice Beach, Calif.), Andrew Feld (University of San Diego; Carlsbad, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Fountain Valley, Calif.), Max Griffin (Minnesota United; Riverside, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (San Diego Sockers; San Diego, Calif.).

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Beach Mar 23, 2015

Eddie Soto Names 15-Player Roster for U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Camp in California

CHICAGO (March 10, 2015) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named a 15-player roster for its final domestic camp of 2015 from March 11-15 in Oceanside, California.

The camp will serve as preparation before the team heads to San Salvador, El Salvador to defend its title at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which runs from March 28-April 4 at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador.

The U.S. will open Group C play against Antigua & Barbuda on March 28, take on Barbados on March 30, and play the Bahamas on March 31.

For the first time in its history, the tournament will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aldo Balsano (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Chris Toth (San Diego Sockers; Fallbrook, Calif.), Carlos Quezada (Miami United; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Harry Abraham (San Diego Fusion; San Diego, Calif.), Chris Cummings (UCLA; Chatsworth, Calif.), Richard Flores (UCLA; Lennox, Calif.), Giovanni Garcia (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Jason Santos (California Davis; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Joseph Santos (CETF; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Alessandro Canale (UC San Diego; Venice Beach, Calif.), Andrew Feld (University of San Diego; Carlsbad, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Fountain Valley, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (San Diego Sockers; San Diego, Calif.)

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Beach Mar 10, 2015
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