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The U.S. Falls to El Salvador in Semifinals of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (June 20, 2009) - The United States Beach Soccer Team fell to El Salvador in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship by the eventual score of 3-5.  The Salvadorians, under the leadership of last year’s tournament top scorer, Agustin, got out to an early lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the match.

Rudis Gonzalez’s men will now represent their country in the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the second consecutive year, with this year’s edition being held in the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S. will now play in the third place match on Sunday June, 21 against the loser of the other semifinal between Mexico and Costa Rica.

Match: United States Beach Soccer Team vs. El Salvador
Date: June 20, 2009
Competition: CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Unidad Deportiva Agustin Contreras Flores - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: TBA
Scoring Summary:        1    2    3     F
USA                                   1    1    1    3
SAL                                    3    0    2    5

SAL – Agustin                                               3rd minute
SAL – Agustin                                               4
USA – Xexeo                                                 7
SAL – Frank                                                  9
USA – Morales                                             24
SAL – Frank                                                 31
USA – Xexeo                                               32
SAL – Agustin                                              34

USA: Elfvin, Garcia, Ibsen, Chimienti, Taguinod, (Farberoff; Futagaki, Morales, Xexeo, Montañez)
Head Coach: Eddie Sot

El Salvador: Medardo, Hernandez, Elias, Agustin, Portillo (Rodas, Wilber, Membreño, Walter, Frank)
Head Coach: Rudis Gonzalez

Misconduct Summary:
SAL – Hernandez (caution)          22nd minute
USA – Morales (caution)               32
USA – Chimienti (caution)            33