U.S. Paralympic National Team Opens Copa America with Big Win Against Canada
The U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team opened the Copa America tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a 6-1 win against Canada.
After giving up a goal in just the second minute following a counter attack, the U.S. team, led by Jay Hoffman, held much of the possession in the first half but was unable to capitalize with a goal. Just moments after the second half kicked off, however, forward Marthell Vazquez was taken down in the box, and team captain Josh McKinney stepped up and converted the ensuing penalty kick.
The goal seemed to be just what the Americans needed to ignite their confidence, and they began to move the ball around and possess with purpose. McKinney added another goal, Marthell added two of his own and Tyler Bennett and Adam Ballou added one goal each to round out the scoring.
The winner of the Copa America will automatically qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The top three finishers in Argentina qualify for the 2011 CPISRA World Championship, from which an additional four teams will qualify for London.