BALTIMORE (March 20, 2002) - After an intense three-day training camp, the U.S. Futsal National Team played their first-ever futsal match on U.S. soil tonight as they easily blanked Canada 10-0 in an international friendly at UMBC’s (University of Maryland Baltimore County) Retriever Activity Center Arena in Baltimore.
The young U.S. training camp roster that featured only seven players with international experience, saw nine Americans earn their first futsal cap with the USA in the encounter against Canada.
“I think we played really well and our defense obviously held its own tonight,” said Head Coach Keith Tozer. “We scored a lot great goals and whenever you bring new group together and start off with a win, it makes everyone feel good about themselves.”
The 10-0 result is the largest margin of victory by the USA since the program’s inception in 1986. It was also the most goals scored by the U.S. since November 28, 1996, in a 10-2 victory over Malaysia during the FIFA World Championship in Spain.
The U.S. offensive attack began in the first 58 seconds of the match when forward Bernie Lilavois (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) opened the scoring off a corner kick by midfielder Ted Eck (Springfield, Ill.).
Lilavois made it 2-0 after converting on a penalty kick in the 12th minute of play after he was fouled inside Canada’s penalty area by midfielder Dominic DeMarco.
After forward Mark Thomas (Quincy, Ill.) scored in the 13th minute, the USA‘s offensive explosion continued, notching back-to-back tallies in a span of just 20 seconds to jump to a comfortable 5-0.
One of those goals came from defender Pat White (Milwaukee Wave-MISL), making his first appearance with the U.S. squad since 1996, and the other came 20 seconds later when defender Chris Morman (Harrisburg Heat-MISL) earned his first tally with the USA as he fired a 10-meter rocket past the Canadian goalkeeper Willy Pacheco for the 5-0 edge.
Lilavois closed out the first-half scoring, earning his first international hat-trick with his third tally of the match off a pass by defender John Ball (Cleveland Crunch-MISL).
“This is something that the whole team wanted to accomplish and that was to win the first-ever international futsal match on home soil,” said Lilavois, who finished with three goals, two assists and was named ‘Man of the Match.’ “We have a very powerful offensive team here and most importantly we have an
excellent defensive team and tonight we didn’t give up a goal so that is going to be the key for us in the future.”
In the second half, the U.S. continued their dominance over Canada and with seven minutes gone by in the final stanza (27th minute), forward Steve Butcher (Cleveland Crunch-MISL) scored his first international goal as he fended off a Canadian defender and took a low shot that went past the left side of the ‘keeper
Pacheco for the 6-0 edge.
After White got his second of the game with an assist by Lilavois in the 32nd minute, three minutes later defender Steve Bernal (Milwaukee Rampage – A-League) also earned his first international tally to make it 9-0 in favor of the USA. White then closed out the scoring with his third goal of the match with 60
seconds remaining in the game.
The U.S. will now face Mexico tomorrow (March 21) at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m. ET.
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 is the governing body for the sport.
-For more information on the sport of futsal check www.futsal.com-
U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Participants: United States Futsal National Team vs. Canada
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Retriever Activity Center Arena at UMBC - Baltimore, Md.
Date: March 20, 2002 - Kickoff 8 p.m. ET
1st / 2nd / Final
USA 6 / 4 / 10
CAN 0 / 0 / 0
USA - Bernie Lilavois (Ted Eck) 1st minute (first half)
USA - Lilavois (penalty kick) 12.
USA - Mark Thomas (Greg Howes) 13.
USA - Pat White (Thomas) 15.
USA - Chris Morman (Thomas) 15.
USA - Lilavois (John Ball) 17.
USA - Steve Butcher (unassisted) 27. (second half)
USA - White (Lilavois) 32.
USA - Steve Bernal (Lilavois) 35.
USA - White (Leighton O’Brien) 39.
USA - Starters: 1-Dan Green, 7-Troy Dusosky, 4-Ted Eck (Capt.), 6-Greg Howes, 9-Bernie Lilavois
Substitutes: 3-Steve Butcher, 5-Leighton O’Brien, 8-Steve Bernal, 10-John Ball, 11-Chris Morman, 12-Pat White, 13-Matt Tanzini, 14-Mark Thomas, 18-Alec Rosenberg
Head Coach: Keith Tozer
CAN - Starters: 1-Willy Pacheco, 2-George Montallvo, 3-Ted Ullrich, 9-Sandeep Sull, 10-Dominic DeMarco (Capt.)
Substitutes: 4-Jean Mathew Lens, 5-Manuel Briere, 6-Bobson Sesay, 7-Ali Samaean, 8-Patrick Bessette, 11-Kasra Hageegee.
Head Coach: Dave Roach
USA / CAN
Shots 37 15
Saves 8 13
Corners 5 8
Fouls 4 9
Man of the Match: Bernie Lilavois (USA)
Referee: Carlo Servino (USA)
Second Referee: Andrew Lesinziski (CAN)
Third Referee: John Konstantinidis (USA)
Timekeeper: George Zervos (USA)