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

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 3, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

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

MEX                Angel Rodriguez         1st minute
MEX                Adrian Gonzalez         4
USA                Nick Perera                 7
MEX                Francisco Cati             16
USA                Lewie Valentine           29
USA                Andrew Feld                30
MEX                Angel Rodriguez         31


Lineups:

USA: Chris Toth, Lewie Valentine, Andrew Feld, Jason Leopoldo Nick Perera (capt.),
Subs: Alessandro Canale, Harry Abraham, Chris Cummings, Aldo Balsano, Max Griffin, Ryan Futagaki, Jason Santos

Head Coach: Eddie Soto

MEX: Miguel Estrada, Angel Rodriguez, Francisco Cati, Gerardo Gomez, Diego Rodriguez
Subs: Manuel Corona, Carlos Hernandez, Adrian Gonzalez, Abdiel Villa, David Gonzalez, Gonzalo Pichardo, Ramon Maldonado

Head Coach:  Ramon Raya Mejia

Misconduct Summary: 
MEX – Abdiel Villa (caution)               32nd minute
USA – Jason Leopoldo (caution)        32

Referee:
Antonio Pereira

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U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Falls to Mexico & El Salvador in CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (April 4, 2015) – After a dominating start to the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in El Salvador, the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team lost its final two matches on back-to-back nights to finish in fourth place in the 16-nation tournament.

On Friday, April 3, the USA faced Mexico in the semifinals in a highly-contested match that would see the winner not only advance to the championship match, but also qualify for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Mexico started strong and soon held a big lead over the USA. However, the stars and striped fought its way back to tie the matchup 3-3 with less than 10 minutes of play left. Mexico wasted no time however, and notched its fourth tally minutes later to claim the 4-3 victory and leave the USA without a World Cup spot.

The following night, the USA faced host-nation El Salvador in the third place game in front of thousands of fans. The environment proved advantageous to the locals, who finished in third place after a 5-2 effort over the U.S. side. 

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Beach Apr 4, 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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