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USA Comes up Just Short Against Argentina in Ukraine

YEVPATORIYA, Ukraine (May 4, 2012) - The U.S. Paralympic National Team continued its round of friendlies in the Ukraine with a hard-fought 2-1 loss against Argentina.

After Thursday’s loss against Iran, the USA came out with something to prove and matched up well against a difficult side.

Argentina took the lead in the 20th minute but the USA quickly equalized, with midfielder Marthell Vazquez setting up Rene Renteria for the tying goal.

The two sides continued to trade blows throughout the match, with the USA firing 19 shots to Argentina’s 24.

In the 51st minute, Argentina’s Brian Vivot grabbed what what proved to be the winning goal.

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: May 4, 2012
Competition: Ukraine International Tournament
Venue: Yevpatoriya, Ukraine

Scoring Summary:    1   2   F
USA                           1   0   1
ARG                           1   1   2

ARG - Mariano Morana (Matias Romana) 20th minute
USA - Rene Renteria (Marthell Vazquez) 24
ARG - Brian Vivot 51

USA: 1-Keith Johnson; 9-Josh McKinney (capt.), 5-Bryce Boarman (4-Chad Jones, 54); 10-Marthell Vazquez, 11-Tyler Bennett, 2-Gavin Sibayan; 16-Rene Renteria; 11-Tyler Bennett
Subs not used: 6-Jerreme Wade, 7-Adam Ballou, 8-Dylan Brown, 12-Charlie Howard, 18-Alex Hendricks
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman

ARG: 1-Gustavo Nahuelquin; 2-Mariano Morana, 4-Ezequiel Jaime, Carlos Ferreira; 9-Fabio Coria, 5-Brian Vivot; 11-Matias Romano

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 19 / 24
Shots on Goal: 7 / 14
Saves: 12 / 6
Corner Kicks: 9 / 6
Fouls: 6 / 10

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Barry Huizinga (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ross Haswell (GBR)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksym Tiuterev (UKR)
Fourth Official: Denis Romanov (UKR)