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U.S. Clinches a Spot in 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup by Winning CONCACAF Qualifying Group with 3-0 Record


ACAPULCO, Mexico (Aug. 11, 2007) - The U.S. Beach Soccer team went 3-0 in the 2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel Beach in Acapulco to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from November 1-11.

The U.S. opened the tournament with consecutive wins over El Salvador, 9-5, and Costa Rica, 5-3, to clinch a spot in the World Cup, and then rounded out the tournament in style with a 5-4 win over Mexico to win their group. Mexico finished the tournament 2-1 and will also represent CONCACAF at the Beach Soccer World Cup.

The U.S. was led in scoring by Jevin Albuquerque with five goals and Brendon Taguinod with four.

Acapulco is also hosting the the CONMEBOL Championship (South America) at the same time. The tournament is a three-team event with Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela, with the top two will advancing to the FIFA tournament in Brazil.

After the qualifying tournament, the top three CONCACAF teams will play the CONMEBOL squads in friendlies on Sunday, Aug. 12.


GAME SUMMARIES

USA vs. Mexico (5-4 W)
August. 11, 2007


Scoring Summary:
USA - Anthony Chimienti (1st minute); Yuri Morales (11, 29, 33); Zak Ibsen (12)
MEX - Gustavo Rosales (2, 30); Ricardo Villalobos (12); Francisco Cati (16)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Luis Montanez , 2-Jevin Albuquerque, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 9-Zak Ibsen, 10-Francis Farberoff.
Subs: 3-Brendon Taguinod, 4-Yuri Morales, 5-Benyam Astorga, 6-Ronald Silva.
Head coach: Roberto CECILIANO

MEX: 12-Miguel Angel Estrada, 3-Francisco Vargas, 6-José Luis Navarrette, 7-Gustavo Rosales, 9-Ricardo Villalobos.
Subs: 4-Francisco Cati, 5-Carlos Gallegos, 8-Alejandro Pozos, 10-Ivan Medina.



USA vs. Costa Rica (5-3 W)
August 10, 2007


Scoring Summary:
USA - Jevin Albuquerque (1st minute, 2, 14, 32); Brendon Taguinod (30)
CRC - Delber Cameron (17, 22, 23)

USA: 1-Luis Montanez, 2-Jevin Albuquerque, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 9-Zak Ibsen, 10-Francis Farberoff.
Subs: 3-Brendon Taguinod, 5-Benyam Astorga, 7-Joshua Nolz, 11-Raphael Xexeo.
Head coach: Roberto CECILIANO

CRC: 22-Sheidron Grau, 6-José Pablo Calvo, 7-Hans Morales, 9-Delber Cameron, 11-Danny Jhonson.
Subs: 3-Jeffrey Chavarría, 5-Brayan Hernandez, 10-Ricardo Xavier Álvarez, 16-Andres Chavarria.


USA vs. El Salvador (9-5 W)
August 8, 2007


Scoring Summary:
USA - Francis Farberoff (8th minute, 10), Raphael Xexeo (11), Zak Ibsen (13), Brendon Taguinod (14, 26, 28), Ronald Silva (21), Jevin Albuquerque (24)
SLV - Tomas Hernandez (13), Jose Rivera (21, 35), Elias Ramirez (26), Ricardo Albayero (32)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Luis Montanez, 2-Jevin Albuquerque, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 9-Zak Ibsen, 10-Francis Farberoff.
Subs: 12-Bayard Elfvin, 3-Brendon Taguinod, 5-Benyam Astorga, 6-Ronald Silva, 11-Raphael Xexeo.
Head coach: Roberto CECILIANO

SLV: 1-Ronal Gonzalez, 2-Jose Lobos, 8-Elias Ramirez, 10-Tomas Hernandez, 11-Jose Rivera.
Subs: 22-Luis Rodas, 4-Wilber Zavala, 5-Carlos Mejia, 7- Jose Membreño, 9-Ricardo Albayero.
Head coach: Erick Israel CRUZ


2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament
Final Standings

Teams         W   L   T    GF   GA    GD  Pts
USA               3   0   0    19     12    +7    9
Mexico           2   1   0    13     10    +3    6
Costa Rica   1   2   0     8      11     -3    3
El Salvador  0   3   0     12    19     -7    0

Schedule/Results
Thursday, August 8
USA 9, El Salvador 5
Mexico 3, Costa Rica 1

Friday, August 9
USA 5,  Costa Rica 3
Mexico 6, El Salvador 4

Saturday, August 10
USA 5, Mexico 4
Costa Rica 4, El Salvador 3

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