U.S. Finishes Fifth at Pan American Games, Tops Cuba in Penalties in Final Game
RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil (July 28, 2007) – U.S. goalkeeper Brett Philips saved Isven Roman’s effort in the penalty-kick shootout as the U.S. clinched fifth place at the 2007 Pan American games 5-4 on a penalty kick shootout after tying 2-2 in regulation.
John Ball and Troy Dusosky scored in the first half for the U.S., while Yampier Rodriguez and Eduardo Morales struck for Cuba. The teams played a scoreless second half that saw U.S. midfielder Denison Cabral sent off in the 39th minute. Despite playing down a man, the U.S. held on for the extra session forcing the match to penalties.
Cuba shot first, and Roman’s attempt was saved by Phillips, the U.S. captain during the match. Patrick Morris, Ball, Don D’Ambra, Joe Hammes and Troy Dusosky converted five consecutive penalty kicks as the U.S held on to win 5-4.
Brazil took home the gold medal with a 4-1 victory vs. Argentina, while Paraguay scored an overtime winner to take the bronze against Costa Rica.
- Futsal Match report -
Match: USA vs. Cuba
Competition: 2007 Pan American Games – Group B
Venue: Riocentro Pavillion 3B - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 2 OT F
USA 2 0 0 2
GUA 2 0 0 2
USA – John Ball 13th minute
CUB – Yampier Rodriguez 17.
USA – Troy Dusosky 18.
CUB – Eduardo Morales 19.
USA: Brett Phillips; Lee Tschantret. Dension Cabral, Troy Dusosky, Joe Hammes
Subs: John Ball, Jamar Beasley, Pat Morris, Matt Stewart, Enrique Tovar, Don D’Ambra
Head Coach: Keith Tozer
CUB: Wilfredo Carbo; Isven Roman, Yampier Rodriguez, Yosniel Mesa, Fernando Chapman
Subs: Jhonnet Stalin Martinez, Yulier Olivera, Eduardo Morales, Carlos Madrigal, Juan Carlos Portal, Boris Saname
Head Coach: Elddys Jesus Valdes
USA / CUB
Shots 20 / 22
Shots on Goal 10 / 10
Saves 8 / 8
Corner Kicks 6 / 9
Fouls 5 / 8
USA – Cabral Deinson (Ejection) 39th minute
Referee 1: Vladimir Mazo Goitizolo (CUB)
Referee 2: Sandro Stein Brechane (BRA)
U.S. Futsal Schedule/Results – Pan-American Games
Date Opponent Result/Venue
July 23 Argentina 2-5 L
July 24 Ecuador 3-3 T
July 25 Costa Rica 6-5 W
July 27 Guatemala 4-3 W
July 28 Cuba / Ecuador Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Group B Final Standings
Team W L T PTS GF GA GD
ARG 2 0 1 7 11 3 +8
CRC 1 1 1 4 12 11 +1
USA 1 1 1 4 11 13 -2
ECU 0 2 1 1 7 14 -7