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U.S. Paralympic National Team Bounces Back to Defeat Portugal 5-3 at Footie 7-Povoa 2015 Tournament

CHICAGO (March 27, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat host-nation Portugal 5-3 behind a hat trick effort from U.S. captain Seth Jahn in its final match of the FOOTIE 7-Povoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Portugal struck quick and early as Tiago Ramos found the back of the net in the third minute. Adam Ballou however, did not let the U.S. stay behind for long, scoring the equalizer in the fourth minute. Ramos, who scored all three goals for Portugal, notched his second tally in the seventh minute and his third in the 11th, to give Portugal a 3-1 advantage midway through the first half.

Jahn made sure the U.S. would stay close, tallying his first goal of the match also in the 11th minute to keep Portugal within reach and head into the locker room with a 2-3 deficit.  

In the second half, Jahn turned it and scored back-to-back goals in the 60th and 61st minute to give the U.S. its first lead of the game. Rene Renteria added a fifth goal on the 64th that sealed the deal for the stars and stripes.

“I am delight that we managed to finish the competition with a hard fought but well deserved victory against the host-nation Portugal,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The competition as a whole has been excellent preparation ahead of the World Championships. There is still plenty of work to do, but we are certainty heading in the right direction.”

With the win, the USA finished the tournament in third place with six points and earning the bronze medal. Ukraine finished first and Argentina took home second.

“It's important that the players enjoy the fact they are heading home with a medal,” continued Sharp. “But at the same time I will be looking for them to push on and aim to achieve more as time progresses. We have an excellent group of players and staff who I know will continue to work hard to do their nation proud.”

For the USA, the tournament served as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Portugal
Date: March 27, 2015
Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Attendance: ---
Weather: 62 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F

USA                             2          3          5
POR                             3          0          3            

POR                 10-Tiago Ramos            3rd minute
USA                 3-Adam Ballou              4
POR                 10-Tiago Ramos            7
POR                 10-Tiago Ramos            11
USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   11
USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   60
USA                 9-Seth Jan                    61
USA                 11-Rene Renteria           63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 15- Mason Abbiate 8 (11-Rene Renteria 8, 46), 3-Adam Ballou 7, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5 (17-Michael Moore 7, 56), 9-Seth Jahn 6 (capt.), 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 6-Jordan Weise 7 (4-Tyler Bennett 7, 46)
Subs not used: 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 18-Alex Hendricks 7, 10-Kevin Hensley 8 

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

POR: 14-Telmo Baptista 7 (1-Rui Rocha 7, 46), 8-Pedro Santos 7, 5-Ruben Olivera (capt.) 7, 10-Tiago Ramos 6 (9-Tiago Carneiro 7, 53), 2-Ricardo Franca 6, 3-Hugo Pinheiro 7 (13-Lucas Pinheiro 7, 26), 6-Claudio Novoa 5 (11-Andre Ferreira 7, 58)
Subs not used: 12-Sergio Barros 7, 7-Gabriel Martinho 8, 4-Vasco Santos 7

Head Coach:  Vasco Ferreira

Stats Summary:
USA / POR
Shots: 16 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 3 / 5
Corners: 8 / 3
Fouls: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
POR – Pedro Santos (caution)               44th minute
USA – Adam Ballou (caution)                 61
USA – Rene Renteria (caution)               64

Officials:
Referee: Gustavo Correia
Assistant Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Rui Eiras 

Q&A: Klinsmann Plans for Switzerland and Discusses MNT Player Pool

ussoccer.com: You had a chance to review the game against Denmark. What were your impressions on the second look?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “It’s frustrating because you put so much work into it. We don’t want to lose. We want to win, but these are also important experiences. We want to make progress in managing the game and taking the game to the opponent and winning away from home and not being in our comfort zone. We were out of our comfort zone [in Denmark], and were pretty much in the game until the last couple of minutes before the end. After Michael’s beautiful pass and Aron’s goal, we looked in control. We controlled the next 10-15 minutes completely, but then with the equalizer, it became a little bit shaky. Still, we had a good opportunity with John Brooks to level the game. At the World Cup he put it in the net, this time he put it just a little bit wide.”

ussoccer.com: What does it mean in a game like that, where we don’t necessarily have more possession, but are still playing well?

JK: “I think it’s an interesting learning curve for us playing a team like Denmark, which is known for having a high amount of possession. They’re really good without necessarily putting too much pressure in the final third. They want to move the ball around. They make it hard for you to get the ball back, and then they are pretty smart to quickly regain the ball because that’s what they’ve done for years under Morten Olsen, who’s one of the longest serving national team managers in the world. So for us, the challenge was how do you manage the game once we get the ball? Here and there we did really well, and here and there we gave the ball away too early.

ussoccer.com: So you planned for the fact that Denmark would have a lot of the possession?

JK: “We knew that Denmark with its style would kind of move us into a style where we would try to get them in transition, because that’s where they’re vulnerable; that’s where they leave space behind its fullbacks. We needed to get a way to find those spaces and feed into our strikers. We prepared that tactical approach, and for most of the time it was good.”

ussoccer.com: With the issue of the late goals, how do you correct that?

JK: “Part of the transition is developing chemistry and gaining experience, and over time this will happen. You build that strength to grind it out, and for younger players they learn the little things you need to do in order to finish off a game. To be up 2-1 on the road to Denmark said a lot, and even if we came away with a tie it would have been an accomplishment. But when you lose the game at the end like this, it’s a disappointment for everyone. So that’s the process that we’ve got to go through. We’ve got to grind through it and also build chemistry. Still, we are not satisfied not getting a result.

ussoccer.com: Three of the four starters on the back line were 24 years old and under. Are you trying to give those guys an opportunity to grow?

JK: “Right now, these games are to see if players can break into the inner circle and into the starting lineup. Are they consistent? That’s why we want to have players showing us where they are at, a couple of months away from the Gold Cup, when we have to make the decisions. At times, it looked good. At times, they looked composed; they looked confident, they stayed calm on the ball and they combined well into midfield. However, at the end of the day when you have a couple of individual mistakes against an experienced team like Denmark, you pay the price for it, and we did, even if we could have equalized the game still in the last minute.”

WNT Send-Off Series Tickets On Sale Now

CHICAGO (March 27, 2015) – Tickets go on sale in the month of March for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s three Send-Off Series Games prior to departing for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The U.S. will play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT, at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

USA vs. Mexico
Tickets on Sale: March 13 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]

Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

USA vs. Korea Republic
Tickets on Sale: March 20 at 10 a.m. ET [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Republic of Ireland
Tickets on Sale: March 27 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) will be available for all three Send-Off Series matches exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The game in New Jersey will be broadcast on ESPN and Watch ESPN, as well as Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Prior to the Send-Off Series, the U.S. WNT will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11, opening up Group B play today against Norway at 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. It then faces Switzerland on March 6 at 12 p.m. ET, and finishes group play against Iceland on March 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET. A placement match will be played on March 11.

Following the Algarve Cup, the WNT returns home to play New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold, the most for a stand-alone WNT home game in the program’s 30-year history. (TICKETS)

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

Back at Home, WNT Preps for Final Stretch Before World Cup

After playing six consecutive matches in Europe and winning the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. WNT has come home for a final stretch of four games leading into the Women’s World Cup. A sign that the World Cup is close? The players knocked out the final Beep Test of the year.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Drops 2-1 Decision to Argentina

Chicago (March 26, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team dropped at 2-1 decision to Argentina in the third day of competition at the FOOTIE 7-Provoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

The USA took an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute thanks to a tally from Seth Jahn, heading into the locker room with the advantage. However, a very physical second half resulted in two Argentinian goals that sealed the victory over the U.S.

U.S. PNT captain and the only other goal scorer for the USA in the tournament, Kevin Hensley, had to be taken off in a stretcher early in the second half after being injured during the game.

"This was a disappointing result especially after going into halftime winning 1-0," said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “Unfortunately we picked up a bad injury to our captain that resulted in him being stretchered off early into the second half. The players stood up well to the physical nature of the opposition but in the end we were unable to convert our chances into goals.”

The U.S. PNT currently sits in fourth place in the five-team tournament with three points. It will wrap up the tournament by facing host-nation Portugal on March 27.  A win against Portugal and a loss by the Netherlands, who faces Ukraine on the same day, would give the U.S. PNT a third-place finish.

“The tight schedule means we now need to flush this tough loss from our system very quickly in order to be ready to take on the host nation in 24 hours,” said Sharp.

For the USA, the tournament continues to serve as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: March 26, 2015

Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Attendance: ---
Weather: 54 degrees, raining

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F

USA                             1          0          1
ARG                             0          2          2            

USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   17th minute
ARG                 10-Rodrigo Lugrin          36
ARG                 11-Matias Fernandez      60

Lineups:
USA: 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 3-Adam Ballou 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Jordan Weise 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6, 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 41), 18-Alex Hendricks 7

Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5,15- Mason Abbiate 8, 17-Michael Moore 7

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

ARG: 2-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 4-Cláudio Figuera 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8, 6-Pablo Molina 7, 10-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 6, 14-Mariano Cortes 7 (8-Alberto Alabarce 7, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Matias Salvat 5, 7-Martin Barquilla 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 13-Lautaro Marzolini 6

Head Coach:  Osvaldo Hernandez

Stats Summary:
USA / ARG
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 10
Saves: 11 / 3
Corners: 12 / 5
Fouls: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Rui Eiras
Assistant Referee: Augusto Mendes

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