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U.S. PNT Moves into Second Place in Group at America Cup

TORONTO, Canada (Sept. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team earned its first victory at the 2014 America Cup, defeating Mexico 3-0 in Group A play at the University of Toronto.

Seth Jahn and Renteria each scored a goal in the first half and Kevin Hensley added a second-half goal for the USA (1-1-0, 3 points) to move into second place in the group.

Brazil (1-0-0, 3 points), with a game at hand, is even in points and ahead of the U.S. in goal differential. Brazil faces Mexico (0-1-0, 0 points) in Sunday’s Group A finale. The top two finishers in Group A and Group B advance to the tournament’s semifinal stage.

“I am delighted with the character shown by the players that led to an excellent victory against Mexico,” U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp said. “The squad as a whole has been working hard to prepare for this competition, and I feel we have deservedly made the semifinal stage. We’re now waiting to see who we meet in our next match, and whoever the next opponent may be, we will be focused on a victory.”

All games at the 2014 America Cup are shown live on the Ontario Soccer Association’s LiveStream page.

-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Paralympic NT vs. Mexico
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Competition: America Cup 2014
Venue: University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET)
Attendance:
Weather: 56 degrees

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

USA – Seth Jahn               10th minute
USA – Rene Renteria        24
USA – Kevin Hensley       54

Lineups:
USA: 18-Alex Hendricks 7, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7 (5-Bryce Boarman 5, 48), 4-Tyler Bennett 7 (capt.), 6-Chris Ahrens 7, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (17-Michael Moore 7, 37), 11-Rene Renteria 8 (10-Kevin Hensley 8, 45),
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 14-David Garza 6, 15 Daniel Hoffman 15
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

MEX: 1-Juan Gonzalez 7, 2-Gonzalo Yerena 7, 3-Jorge Reyes 7, 5-Salvador Magana 7, 7-Salvador Aguilar 7, 9-Pedro Villanueva 5, 10-Edgar Roman 7
Subs not used: 4-Julio Hernandez 8, Jose Gutierrez 7, 8-Leon Salvador 7
Head Coach: Ricardo Ortiz

Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 7 / 4
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 3

U.S. PNT Opens America Cup with 3-0 Loss to Brazil

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

-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-

Match: 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
Attendance:
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

Lineups:
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

BRA: 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

Frontier Division Opens Play in Third Week of Academy Season

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.

LA Galaxy Academy

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.

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Sept. 18, 2014

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Alex Morgan all scored as the U.S. WNT defeated Mexico, 4-0.

WNT vs. Mexico: Reaction

The U.S. WNT defeated Mexico 4-0 at a chilly Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. in its final match before heading into Women’s World Cup qualifying this October. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, forward Amy Rodriguez and Rochester-native Abby Wambach react to the win, the momentum gained heading into the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and the difficult of choosing a roster for that tournament.
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