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U.S. Paralympic National Team Defeats Mexico 8-4 in Copa America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Oct. 23, 2010) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team surged to a 8-4 victory against neighbors Mexico in their third match at the 2010 Copa America in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The U.S. rebounded well after losing their second match of the tournament to Brazil and used a flurry of four straight goals on either side of half time to take control of the match.  

Two U.S. players, Joe Chavez and James Hilaire, earned their first international caps in the match, which proved to be a fitting start to the North American rivalry, as this was the first official competition for the Mexican Paralympic Team. Hilaire made an immediate impact by scoring less than a minute after stepping onto the pitch.

With the win, the USA's hopes for qualifying for the 2011 CPISRA World Championships in London, but they face a stern test in Argentina on home soil in their next match on Oct. 24.

U.S. CPRISA America's Championship Schedule / Results
Date          Opponent      Result     Venue
Oct. 18      Canada          6-1 W     Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 20      Brazil             0-5 L      Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 22      Mexico           8-4 W     Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 24      Argentina       --           Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 26      Venezuela       --          Buenos Aires; Argentina