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U.S. Paralympic Team Defeats Japan 4-0 in Opening Match of 2011 CPISRA Football 7-a-Side World Championships

ASSEN, Netherlands (June 20, 2011) – Marthell Vazquez and Josh McKinney each scored a brace in the 4-0 win against Japan in the opening game of the 2011 CPISRA Football 7-a-Side World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. The win placed the U.S. at the top of Group D ahead of Iran, Ireland and Japan.

The U.S. started strong, with Vazquez opening the scoring in the third minute with an unassisted goal. Vazquez then assisted McKinney in the 24th minute to put the U.S. ahead 2-0. Just four minutes later, it was Adam Ballou who assisted McKinney as the U.S. led 3-0 heading into halftime.

It was Vazquez again in the second half, with McKinney returning the favor and setting him up for the team’s fourth and final goal.

Next up for the U.S. is Iran on Tuesday, June 21 at 5 p.m. local time / 11 a.m. ET. The game will take place at Stadion SC Angelslo in Emmen, Netherlands.

-- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report --

Match: USA vs. Japan
Date: June 19, 2011
Competition: CPISRA Football 7-a-Side World Championships; Group D
Venue: Achilles 1894; Assen, Netherlands
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. local (1:30 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 75

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        3 1 4
JPN                         0 0 0

USA – Marthell Vazquez                           3rd minute
USA – Josh McKinney (Marthell Vazquez)   24
USA – Josh McKinney (Adam Ballou)         28
USA – Marthell Vazquez (Josh McKinney)   34

USA: 1-Keith Johnson; 11-Tyler Bennett (3-Jason Slemons, 55), 6-Chris Ahrens, 5-Bryce Boarman (4-Chad Jones, 45); 7-Adam Ballou (2-Nick Creasey, 52), 10-Marthell Vazquez; 9-Josh McKinney
Subs not used: 8-Tommy Latsch, 12-Charlie Howard
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman

JPN: 1-Henry Naoyoshi Kagayama; 9-Tetsuya Toda, 5-Taisei Taniguchi; 8-Kodai Nakaoka (2-Hideyuki Yanagi, 31, 7-Kazuhiro Kubo, 55), 6-Ryuta Yoshino, 3-Kenji Hashimoto; 10- Tsukasa Kawano
Subs not used: 4-Yuji Yamada, 12-Takayuki Iwasa
Head Coach: Yukio Jin

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Tetsuya Toda (caution)     36th minute