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U.S. National Futsal Team Beaten by UNESC, 2-1, in Criciuma, Brazil

CRICIÚMA, Brazil (Sept. 5, 2008) - The U.S. National Futsal team lost, 2-1, to UNESC on Sept. 4. The U.S. took the lead through Pat Morris in the 17th minute, but goals from UNESC in the 22nd and 32nd minutes just shaded the game for the Brazilian club side.

The U.S. is on a four game tour of Brazil, gearing up for the FIFA Futsal World Cup which begins in Brazil later this month. Following the matches in Brazil, the U.S. will head to Milwaukee for games against Japan on Sept. 12 and 14. This is the second time the U.S. has played UNESC on this tour, having lost, 4-1, in the previous game on Sept. 2.

Brazil is the host country of the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup, which kicks of on Sept.30. The U.S. Futsal Team has been drawn into Group B along with Italy, Portugal, Thailand and Paraguay.

-U.S. National Futsal Team Match Report-
Match-up: UNESC vs. USA
Date:  Sept. 4, 2008
Competition: Friendly
Location: Colégio São Bento - Criciúma, Brazil

Scoring Summary:        1    2    F
UNESC                           2    0    2
USA                                 1    0    1

USA     Pat Morris                17th minute
UNE                                     22nd
UNE                                     32nd