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U.S. Beach Soccer Opens Qualifying with 9-5 Victory Against El Salvador

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Aug. 8, 2007) - The U.S. Beach Soccer team defeated El Salvador 9-5 this afternoon in the opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel Beach in Acapulco.

Brendon Taguinod tallied a hat trick and Francis Farberoff scored twice to help the U.S. start things off on the right foot in defense of their CONCACAF title. The U.S. also got goals from Raphael Xexeo, Zak Ibsen, Ronald Silva and Jevin Albuquerque.

With the victory, the U.S. sits atop the group with three points and a +4 goal differential. In the other match on the day, Mexico defeated Costa Rica, 3-1.

The U.S. will next face Costa Rica on Friday, Aug. 10, before finishing off the tournament against Mexico on Saturday, Aug. 11

The top two teams from the CONCACAF tournament will qualify to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from November 1-11.

Acapulco is also hosting the the CONMEBOL Championship (South America) at the same time. The tournament is a three-team event with Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela, with the top two will advancing to the FIFA tournament in Brazil.

After the qualifying tournament, the top three CONCACAF teams will play the CONMEBOL squads in friendlies on Sunday, Aug. 12.

U.S. Beach Soccer Match Report

USA vs. El Salvador

Scoring Summary:
USA - Francis Farberoff (8th minute, 10), Raphael Xexeo (11), Zak Ibsen (13), Brendon Taguinod (14, 26, 28), Ronald Silva (21), Jevin Albuquerque (24)

SLV - Tomas Hernandez (13), Jose Rivera (21, 35), Elias Ramirez (26), Ricardo Albayero (32)

USA: 1-Luis Montanez, 2-Jevin Albuquerque, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 9-Zak Ibsen, 10-Francis Farberoff.
Subs: 12-Bayard Elfvin, 3-Brendon Taguinod, 5-Benyam Astorga, 6-Ronald Silva, 11-Raphael Xexeo.
Head coach: Roberto CECILIANO

SLV: 1-Ronal Gonzalez, 2-Jose Lobos, 8-Elias Ramirez, 10-Tomas Hernandez, 11-Jose Rivera.
Subs: 22-Luis Rodas, 4-Wilber Zavala, 5-Carlos Mejia, 7- Jose Membreño, 9-Ricardo Albayero.
Head coach: Erick Israel CRUZ

2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament
Teams             W   L   T   GF  GA   GD   Pts 
USA                  1    0   0    9     5     +4     3 
Mexico              1    0   0    3     1     +2     3 
Costa Rica      0    1   0    1     3      -2     0 
El Salvador      0    1   0    5     9      -4     0

Thursday, August 8
USA 9, El Salvador 5
Mexico 3, Costa Rica 1

Friday, August 9
USA vs. Costa Rica
Mexico vs. El Salvador

Saturday, August 10
USA vs. Mexico
Costa Rica vs. El Salvador