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U.S. Futsal National Team Finishes Grand Prix With 1-0 Loss Against Costa Rica

MANAUS, Brazil (Oct. 24, 2011) – The U.S. Futsal National Team closed out the Grand Prix of Futsal tournament last night with a 1-0 loss against Costa Rica.

After going down 1-0 in the seventh minute, the U.S. fought hard to get on the scoreboard. With as many shots during the match as Costa Rica, the U.S. created plenty of opportunities but could not get one past the goalkeeper.

The men were out of contention to win the Grand Prix after the first three group games, but the team continued to play consolation matches with the bottom two teams in each of the four groups.

Though the U.S. failed to record a single win in Brazil, the team scored a total of 10 goals in six games, including seven in its group match against Belgium. This was the first time USA has competed in the invitational competition, which is renown as the most prestigious event in world futsal.

- U.S. Futsal National Team Game Report -

Match: USA vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 22, 2011
Competition: VII Grand Prix of Futsal 2011
Venue: Ginásio do SesiCidad 
Location:  Manaus, Brazil 

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

COS - Victor Fonseca 7th minute

USA: 18-Ryan Oster; 2-Craig Chiles, 3-Matthew Stewart (Capt.), 10-Casey Macias, 25-Lucas Stauffer
Subs: 4-Jeff Hughes, 5-Jeremy Ortiz, 11-Alex Robles, 12-Esteban Mariel, 19-Manuel Mariel, 21-Grady Renfrow, 22-Henrique Pinto, 23-Nick Perera
Subs not used: 24-Danny Waltman
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

COS: 18-Alvaro Gonzalez; 7-Luis Salazar, 12-Nestor Garcia, 13-Erick Gomes, 14-Jorge Rosales
Subs: 4-Saulo Solano, 5-Victor Fonseca, 8-Jose Estrada, 9-Diego Gonzalez, 15-Victor sanchez, 19-Johann Lara
Subs not used: 1-Brayan Cairol, 10-Gilberth Gonzalez, 11-Michael Picado, 23-Daniel Solano
Head Coach: Hugo Retana Solano

Statistical Summary:
Shots: 26 / 26
Shots on goal: 11 / 14
Saves: 13 / 11
Fouls: 7 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Offside: NA / NA

Misconduct Summary:

USA - Nicolas Perera (caution) 7th minute
USA - Lucas Stauffer (caution) 8
COS - Luis Salazar (caution)    27 
USA - Henrique Pinto (caution) 31