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U.S. Beach Soccer Team to Compete in Copa America 2012


CHICAGO (March 9, 2012) – The U.S. Beach Soccer Team will compete in the Beach Soccer Worldwide Copa America 2012 from March 16-18 in Rio Quente, Brazil.

The USA, along with host Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, will compete in a round-robin tournament with a winner being crowned on Sunday, March 18. All matches are set to take place at the Rio Quente Resorts.

First up for the U.S. will be Brazil at 2:45 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16. The outcome of that match will determine which match the U.S. team will participate in the next day, and the outcome of the USA’s second game will determine whether the team will participate in the championship match at 8:15 a.m. ET on March 18.

Traveling with the U.S. squad is forward Oscar Gil, who scored for the team against El Salvador in the Cancun Cup 2012 in February.

Copa America Beach Soccer Schedule
Friday, March 16

1:30 p.m. ET – Mexico vs. Argentina (Match 1)
2:45 p.m. ET – USA vs. Brazil (Match 2)

Saturday, March 17
7 a.m. ET – Winner Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
8:15 a.m. ET – Winner Match 2 vs. Loser Match 1

Sunday, March 18
7 a.m. ET – Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
8:15 a.m. ET – Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2

Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Michael McAndrews (BS Team Zurich; Long Beach, Calif.), Chris Toth (San Diego Sockers; Fallbrook, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (4): Benny Astorga (Florida Beach Soccer; Miami, Fla.), Francis Farberoff (Florida Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Oscar Reyes (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), Shay Spitz (LA Blues; Placentia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Oscar Gil (Florida Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Michael Lawler (Mustang SC; Concord, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Tino Nunez (Minnesota Stars; Long Beach, Calif.), Nixson Rodriguez (Saddleback HS; Santa Ana, Calif.), Raphael Xexeo (BS Club; Brazil; Lawndale, Calif.)

National Team Staff
Head Coach: Eddie Soto, Seal Beach, Calif.
Team Coordinator: Zach Crusse, Los Angeles, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Dan Heinrichs, Chicago, Ill.
Equipment Coordinator: Kyle Fisher, San Francisco, Calif.

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