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U.S. Futsal Team Downs Mexico 7-4 to Complete Three-Nation Futsal Invitational Tournament in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Sunday, August 25, 2002) – After dropping a 9-1 decision to the three-time FIFA World Champions Brazil on Saturday, the U.S. Futsal National Team rebounded Sunday evening with a hard-fought 7-4 victory over Mexico in the final match of the Three-Nation U.S. Futsal Invitational Tournament at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

The game marked the fourth time that the USA and Mexico have met in an international futsal match, and once again saw another physical encounter between the CONCACAF rivals with a total of 18 team fouls (MEX-12, USA-6).  The U.S. improves their lifetime series against Mexico to 3-0-1 in futsal competition.

“I think we played really well today and the team recovered well after the loss to Brazil,” said U.S. head coach Keith Tozer.  “This was a great tournament for us and it was great having the opportunity to once again play some international matches on home-soil.”

The Americans opened the scoring in the first three minutes of the match as defender Pat Morris (Philadelphia Kixx – MISL) scored his first international goal, finishing off a pass from midfielder Brian Loftin (Milwaukee Wave – MISL) for the 1-0 lead.  Defender Omid Namazi (Philadelphia Kixx – MISL) also earned his first tally with the U.S., scoring off a 10-meter blast in the sixth minute of play for a 2-0 edge.

Forward Steve Butcher (Cleveland Crunch – MISL) gave the Americans a 3-1 advantage after shooting a low ball in-between the legs of Mexican goalkeeper Amado Pablo Torres Bueno in the eighth minute of the first half.

The Tri-Colores cut the lead to 3-2 two minutes later with a goal by forward Guillermo Castaneda Miranda, but then 20 seconds later Morris notched his second goal of the match off a corner kick for a two-goal advantage by the U.S.

In the second half, Loftin added to his two first-half assists with back-to-back tallies for a 6-3 edge by the Americans.  Loftin, who was named ‘Man of the Match,’ chipped a ball over the head of ‘keeper Torres Bueno in the 25th minute and then three minutes later added his second off a rebound shot from a 10-meter free kick.

“It is was a great match for both teams and it is always a good rivalry when we play Mexico,” said Loftin.  “It always helps to learn as much as we can when we step onto the court, and we’ve been able to learn from these two matches this weekend.  It is a wonderful experience for myself and for the younger players to represent the U.S. at this level of the game.”

In an earlier match, four goals by forward Adalberto Nunes Da Silva and three each from midfielder Manuel Tobias and forward Vinicius Teixeira helped Brazil clinch first-place in the U.S. Futsal Invitational with a convincing 15-2 win over Mexico on Sunday afternoon.

“It was great to have this tournament here in the U.S. because it will help our team improve for future competitions both in the U.S. and overseas,” said U.S. Futsal Federation President Alex Para.  “This tournament also allowed fans in Milwaukee and all across the United States to see the sport of futsal and what it is about.  I would like to thank U.S. Soccer and the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League for their support of this event.”

Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court, with no walls and a low bouncing ball, unlike the traditional sport of U.S. indoor soccer played with six-man squads and walls. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico and Ronaldo grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. U.S. Futsal is under the banner of U.S. Soccer, which is the governing body for the sport in the United States.


Participants: United States Futsal National Team vs. Mexico
Competition: Three-Nation U.S. Futsal Invitational
Venue: Bradley Center (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Date: August 25, 2002 – Kickoff 5 p.m. CT
Attendance: 1,237

Scoring Summary:  1st - 2nd - Final
United States 4 - 3 - 7
Mexico 3 - 1 - 4
USA – Pat Morris (Brian Loftin), 3.
USA – Omid Namazi (Loftin), 6.
MEX – Hector Guzman Sepulveda (unassisted), 6.
USA – Steve Butcher (Namazi), 8.
MEX – Guillermo Castaneda Miranda (Luis Betanzos Carrillo), 10.
USA – Morris (John Ball), 10.
MEX – Victor Huerta (unassisted), 20.
USA – Loftin (Butcher), 25.
USA – Loftin (unassisted), 28.
MEX – Leonardo Morales Figueroa (unassisted), 39.
USA – Namazi (Lee Tschantret), 40.

USA – Starters: 12-Dan Green, 3-Lee Tschantret, 6-Sean Bowers-Capt., 10-John Ball, 14-Troy Dusosky Substitutes: 2-Steve Butcher, 4-Pat Morris, 5-Omid Namazi, 7-Brian Loftin, 8-Dewayne Gilpatrick, 9-Pat White, 13-Matt Tanzini
DNP: 1-Scott Hileman, 11-Todd Dusosky 
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

MEX – Starters: 23-Amado Pablo Torres Bueno, 7-Victor Huerta-Capt., 8-Leonardo Morales Figueroa, 10-Francisco Ramirez Castaneda, 17-Alberto Montiel Aguilar Substitutes: 2-Carlos Ramirez Guerrero, 3-Erick Limon Ortiz, 4-Edson Lince Varela, 5-Luis Betanzos Carrillo, 6-Jesus Rodriguez Montero, 9-Hector Guzman Sepulveda, 11-Guillermo Castaneda Miranda, 13-Miguel Angel Olvera Sanchez, 14-Mario Alberto Vertti Garcia
DNP:  24-Jose Manuel Garcia Delgado
Head Coach: Agustin Manzo

Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 23 / 15
Saves: 6 / 7
Corners: 4 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Castaneda Miranda (caution), 9.
USA – Gilpatrick (caution), 25.
MEX – Lince Varela (caution), 27.

Referee: Carlos Servino (USA)
Second Referee: Terry Mashino (USA)


Participants:  United States Futsal National Team vs. Brazil
Competition:  Three-Nation U.S. Futsal Invitational
Venue: Bradley Center (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Date: August 24, 2002 – Kickoff 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 1,507

Scoring Summary: 1st - 2nd - Final
United States 0 - 1 - 1
Brazil 4 - 5 - 9
BRA – Manuel Tobias (Adalberto Nunes Da Silva), 2.
BRA – Own Goal, 8.
BRA – Vinicius Teixeira (unassisted), 9.
BRA – Marcelo Antunes Marinho (unassisted), 16.
BRA – Nunes Da Silva (Teixeira), 21.
BRA – Teixeira (Alvori Junior Da Roza), 25.
BRA – Tobias (Francisco Serveriano Santos Neto), 27.
USA – Pat White (Lee Tschantret), 32.
BRA – Fabiano Assad (unassisted), 37.
BRA – Nunes Da Silva (Teixeira), 39.

USA – Starters: 1-Scott Hileman, 3-Lee Tschantret, 6-Sean Bowers-Capt., 10-John Ball, 14-Troy Dusosky Substitutes: 2-Steve Butcher, 4-Pat Morris, 5-Omid Namazi, 7-Brian Loftin, 8-Dewayne Gilpatrick, 9-Pat White, 13-Matt Tanzini
DNP: 11-Todd Dusosky, 12-Dan Green
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

BRA – Starters: 1-Franklin Roosevelt Boeres Jr.-Capt., 3-Alvori Junior Da Roza, 5-Manuel Tobias, 6-Vinicius Teixeira Substitutes:  2-Angelo Travi Guerra, 4-Fabiano Assad, 7-Francisco Serveriano Santos Neto, 8-Marcio Amandus May, 9-Marcelo Antunes Marinho, 10-Adalberto Nunes Da Silva, 11-Ari Santos
DNP:  12-Saad Assis
Head Coach: Fernando Luis Leite Coelho

Statistical Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 8 / 39
Saves: 21 / 3
Corners: 3 / 8
Fouls: 3 / 8

Misconduct Summary:

Referee:  Carlos Servino (USA)
Second Referee:  Terry Mashino (USA)