Defender Ted Eck (Dallas Burn - MLS) led the offense with two goals, while forward Lee Tschantret (Staten Island Vipers - A-League) and defender Dennis Brose each added a goal for the Americans. Goalkeeper Victor Nogueira (Milwaukee Wave - NPSL), the oldest player in the tournament at 40 years and voted the best goalkeeper in the last two FIFA Futsal World Championships, earned the shutout over South Korea.
With South Korea eliminated from the tournament after starting 0-2, the U.S. will play Holland in the final Group B match tonight for a spot in Saturday's semifinals (Dec. 4). Holland opened Group B action on Wednesday evening by crushing South Korea 9-0.
The Dutch lead the lifetime series 3-1-1 over the Americans. The U.S. has not beaten Holland since a 3-2 win at Brasilia, Brazil on September 17, 1987.
With only the winner of each group and the best second-place team advancing to the semifinals, the Americans best chance for advancement is a victory over Holland. A draw would give the group to the Dutch, and force the U.S. to monitor the outcome of the Italy-Singapore match from Group A, also tonight. If the U.S. draws and Italy ties or loses, then the U.S. would advance to the semis.
12-1-99: Holland 9, South Korea 0
12-2-99: France 2, Malaysia 0
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
|Spain (1-0-1=4 pts / +10)||Holland (1-0-0=3 pts. / +9)||Brazil (1-0-0=3 pts. / +10)|
|Italy (0-0-1=1 pt. / -)||U.S.A. (1-0-0=3 pts. / +4)||France (1-1-0=3 pts. / -8)|
|Singapore (0-1-0=0 pts. / -10)||South Korea (0-2-0=0 pts. / -13)||Malaysia (0-1-0=0 pts. / -2)|
|Date||Match||Local Time||18 Hours Behind ET|
|12-3-99||Malaysia vs. Brazil||5:30 pm||11:30 pm (Dec. 2)|
|12-3-99||Italy vs. Singapore||7:00 pm||1:00 am|
|12-3-99||U.S.A. vs. Holland||8:30 pm||2:30 am|
|12-4-99||Semifinal #1||5:00 pm||11:00 pm (Dec. 3)|
|12-4-99||Semifinal #2||7:00 pm||1:00 am|
|12-5-99||Third-place Match||5:00 pm||11:00 pm (Dec. 4)|
|12-5-99||Final||7:00 pm||1:00 am|
|*Winner of each group advances to the semifinals as well as the best second place team. All matches to be played at the Sports Arena in Downtown Singapore. For more information on the sport of futsal contact www.futsal.com.|