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USA Captures 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship with 5-4 Overtime Victory Against El Salvador


U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Captures Second CONCACAF Crown, Looks Forward to 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from Sept. 18-28 in Papeete, Tahiti

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Captures Second CONCACAF Crown, Looks Forward to 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from Sept. 18-28 in Papeete, Tahiti

NASSAU, Bahamas (May 12, 2013) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team defeated El Salvador 5-4 in extra time to win the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer and Futsal Facility.

Nick Perera, who led the tournament with a whopping 11 goals, fittingly closed out the title match with the game-winner with 49 seconds remaining in extra time. Perera also scored the game-tying goals with 6:35 remaining in the third period to tie the score at 3-3.

The victory is the USA’s second CONCACAF crown. The USA won the first CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in 2006 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

As finalists, the U.S. and El Salvador will represent CONCACAF at the World Cup, which takes place Sept. 18-28 To’ata Stadium in Papeete, Tahiti. The U.S. was coming off a 4-2 victory against Costa Rica on Saturday to qualify for its fourth Beach Soccer World Cup, having previously advanced to the 2005, 2006 and 2007 tournaments.

Along with Perera’s brace on Sunday, U.S. captain Ryan Futagaki also had two goals for the USA, while Lewie Valentin had the USA’s first goal against El Salvador.

The back-and-forth title match included five lead changes.

In addition to Perera’s top scoring accomplishment, the USA’s Chris Toth was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. El Salvador’s Agustin Ruiz was named the MVP of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship.

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