U.S. Soccer

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Grinds Out 4-3 Win Over Barbados to Advance to Quarterfinals

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 30, 2015) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team scored a goal in the last 10 seconds of regulation to top Barbados 4-3 in its second group match of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

An intense matchup of back-and-forth between the two nations resulted in a scoreless first period that saw excellent defensive performances from both teams, especially Barbados goalkeeper Romayne Primus who blocked every strike sent his way.

In the second period, Lewie Valentine directed a throw-in from the left sideline to the far post where U.S. captain Nick Perera was able to bring down the ball, control it and send it in with the inside of his right foot into the right corner of the net in the 14th minute. Primus was able to get a touch on the ball but was unable to make the save.

The USA had two other good opportunities in the period when U.S. goalkeeper Aldo Balsano sent a shot from his own net directly to the other side, but Primus stepped up to the task again and jumped high to punch it over the crossbar. In the dwindling seconds of the second period, Jason Santos also had a clear shot at a goal but his attempt hit the right post.

The final 12 minutes were non-stop as six goals were scored in that span. Barbados struck first, finding the equalizer in the 26th minute with a shot from its captain, Tito Beckles, from 12 yards out that went into the left upper corner of the net. A minute later, Perera put the U.S. on top again with a perfectly placed bicycle-kick goal that he sent to the upper right corner for the 2-1 lead. Jason Leopoldo extended the U.S. lead with a shot from the left side inside the far post in the 27th.

The lead didn’t last long as Barbados’ Jamar Grazette notched the first of his brace in the 30th minute to keep his team alive. He tied it all up again with about 54 seconds to go. Perera however completed his hat trick in dramatic fashion, clinching the game-winner for the USA with under 10 seconds left in the game.

The USA will conclude Group C play against 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.

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

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Barbados
Date: March 30, 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                                        0          1          3          4
BRB                                        0          0          3          3

USA                Nicholas Perera          14th minute
BRB                Tito Beckles                26
USA                Nicholas Perera          27
USA                Jason Leopoldo           29
BRB                Jamar Grazette           30
BRB                Jamar Grazette           35       
USA                Nicholas Perera          36

Lineups:

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

BRB:
  Romayne Primus, Tito Beckles (capt.), Elvin Griffith, Jamar Grazette, Andre Pinder
Subs: Tito Grazette, Reshawn Boxill, Jabari Branford, Nicholas Jones, Akeem Bourne
Head Coach:  Christopher King

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Andrew Feld (caution)             10th minute
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)          18
USA – Elvin Griffith (caution              18
USA – Nicholas Perera (caution)       20
BRB – Tito Grazette (sent off)            27

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

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Barbados
Date: March 30, 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                                        0          1          3          4
BRB                                        0          0          3          3

USA                Nicholas Perera          14th minute
BRB                Tito Beckles                26 
USA                Nicholas Perera          27
USA                Jason Leopoldo           29
BRB                Jamar Grazette           30
BRB                Jamar Grazette           35        
USA                Nicholas Perera          36

Lineups: 

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

BRB:
  Romayne Primus, Tito Beckles (capt.), Elvin Griffith, Jamar Grazette, Andre Pinder
Subs: Tito Grazette, Reshawn Boxill, Jabari Branford, Nicholas Jones, Akeem Bourne
Head Coach:  Christopher King

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Andrew Feld (caution)             10th minute
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)          18
USA – Elvin Griffith (caution              18
USA – Nicholas Perera (caution)       20
BRB – Tito Grazette (sent off)            27

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U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Grinds Out 4-3 Win Over Barbados to Advance to Quarterfinals

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 30, 2015) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team scored a goal in the last 10 seconds of regulation to top Barbados 4-3 in its second group match of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

An intense matchup of back-and-forth between the two nations resulted in a scoreless first period that saw excellent defensive performances from both teams, especially Barbados goalkeeper Romayne Primus who blocked every strike sent his way.

In the second period, Lewie Valentine directed a throw-in from the left sideline to the far post where U.S. captain Nick Perera was able to bring down the ball, control it and send it in with the inside of his right foot into the right corner of the net in the 14th minute. Primus was able to get a touch on the ball but was unable to make the save.

The USA had two other good opportunities in the period when U.S. goalkeeper Aldo Balsano sent a shot from his own net directly to the other side, but Primus stepped up to the task again and jumped high to punch it over the crossbar. In the dwindling seconds of the second period, Jason Santos also had a clear shot at a goal but his attempt hit the right post.

The final 12 minutes were non-stop as six goals were scored in that span. Barbados struck first, finding the equalizer in the 26th minute with a shot from its captain, Tito Beckles, from 12 yards out that went into the left upper corner of the net. A minute later, Perera put the U.S. on top again with a perfectly placed bicycle-kick goal that he sent to the upper right corner for the 2-1 lead. Jason Leopoldo extended the U.S. lead with a shot from the left side inside the far post in the 27th.

The lead didn’t last long as Barbados’ Jamar Grazette notched the first of his brace in the 30th minute to keep his team alive. He tied it all up again with about 54 seconds to go. Perera however completed his hat trick in dramatic fashion, clinching the game-winner for the USA with under 10 seconds left in the game.

The USA will conclude Group C play against 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.

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

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Barbados
Date: March 30, 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                                        0          1          3          4
BRB                                        0          0          3          3

USA                Nicholas Perera          14th minute
BRB                Tito Beckles                26
USA                Nicholas Perera          27
USA                Jason Leopoldo           29
BRB                Jamar Grazette           30
BRB                Jamar Grazette           35       
USA                Nicholas Perera          36

Lineups:

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

BRB:
  Romayne Primus, Tito Beckles (capt.), Elvin Griffith, Jamar Grazette, Andre Pinder
Subs: Tito Grazette, Reshawn Boxill, Jabari Branford, Nicholas Jones, Akeem Bourne
Head Coach:  Christopher King

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Andrew Feld (caution)             10th minute
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)          18
USA – Elvin Griffith (caution              18
USA – Nicholas Perera (caution)       20
BRB – Tito Grazette (sent off)            27

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Beach Mar 30, 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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