TORONTO, Canada (Sept. 19, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team opened Group A play at the 2014 America Cup with a 3-0 loss to Brazil at the University of Toronto.
The USA now turns its focus to Mexico at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 20. The game will be live on the Ontario Soccer Association’s LiveStream page.
The U.S. stayed even with Brazil throughout the first half, but Brazil eventually broke through in the second half with Ronaldo Almeida de Souza’s 33rd-minute goal.
“We were very much on the back foot in this match against one of, if not the best, teams in the world,” U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp said following the loss to Brazil. “That said, we knew this would be the case and the players worked hard to maintain our shape and tried to hit them on the break when possible.
“We had three good chances in the match, but unfortunately couldn’t make them count. We certainly can take some positives from this game despite the loss. We now need to concentrate on getting a win against Mexico in our next game to ensure we make the semifinal stages.”
Players and staff wore black arm bands in memory of Jon McCullough, chairman of U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council and a longtime leader and volunteer in the Olympic and Paralympic movements, who passed away in August after succumbing to cancer. A moment of silence was observed in both of Friday’s tournament games.
-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-
U.S. Paralympic NT v. Brazil
Date: Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Competition: America Cup 2014
Venue: University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Weather: 56 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
BRA 0 3 3
BRA – Ronaldo Almeida de Souza 33rd minute
BRA – Wanderson S. Oliveria 50
BRA – Wanderson S. Oliveria 57
USA: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7 (13-Marthell Vazquez 5), 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Chris Ahrens 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (17-Michael Moore 7, 54), 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 46), 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 15-Daniel Hoffman 15, 18-Alex Hendricks 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
1-Marcas Ferreria dos Santos 1, 3-Jose Carlos Mantero 3, 6-Marcelino de Oliveira Cleiton 7, 7-Ronaldo
Almeida de Souza 7, 9-Igor Romero Rocha 7, 10-Wanderson S. Oliveria 8, 11-Luciano Da Costa 7
Subs not used: 2-Luciano Costa Silva 7, 4-Fernando Junior Dos Santos 7, 5-Malcas Cabral 8, 8-Evandro De Oliveria Gomez de Souza 5, 12-Gilvano Diniz Da Silva 7, 14-Diego Delgado da Silva 7
Head Coach: Dolvair Paschoal Castelli
Shots Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 2 / 16
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 10 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 10
Fouls: 1 / 5
The Sept. 20-21 weekend of Development Academy play will be the busiest slate of games to date. A whopping 157 matches are scheduled among the U-13/14 through U-17/18 age groups.
The majority of the Frontier Divisions are looking forward to their first games, though last weekend the Colorado Rapids U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams started their new campaign with victories against the San Antonio Scorpions Youth Academy.
Many eyes will naturally be on FC Dallas – the defending division champion at the U-15/16s and U-17/18s – which faces a tough opponent right out of the gate in Solar Chelsea SC on Sunday. Solar was third in the division at the older age group last season and the U-15/16s were fourth. FC Dallas continually boasts some strong talent, though other players will have to step up at the U-17/18s with Weston McKennie and Alejandro Zendejas spending the fall semester with the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.
In the West, an interesting crossover match on Saturday features the Northwest Division’s San Jose Earthquakes against the Southwest’s LA Galaxy. Both Quakes teams won their openers against Academy newcomer Juventus Sport Club last weekend while the LA Galaxy U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams are both 2-0-0 to start the season. The Galaxy U-17/18s have scored 10 goals while posting shutouts in their first two games.
In the East, the New England Revolution of the Northeast Division caps off its weekend with a Sunday matchup against the Atlantic Division’s Philadelphia Union. The U-15/16 matchup, in particular, could be one to watch closely. The Union U-15/16s are in good form early on with two wins, outscoring their opponents 8-0. The New England Revolution U-15/16 team opened its season with a robust 4-0 victory against Albertson SC.
Photos from the U.S. WNT's second of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.