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U.S. Paralympic Team Defeats Portugal

CHICAGO (July 31, 2013) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team picked up its first victory of the Intercontinental Cup in Barcelona, Spain, with a 3-2 win against Portugal on Wednesday.

Rene Renteria got the U.S. on the board 10 minutes into the game, but Portugal scored the next two with a penalty kick just before halftime and a goal in the 53rd minute.

But the U.S. stepped on the gas late in the game, scoring two goals in the last three minutes with a goal from Marthell Vazquez in the 58th and one from Tyler Bennett a minute later.

Ukraine picked up its second victory of the tournament with a 6-0 win against Australia to remain at the top of Group C.

The U.S. finishes up group play with against Australia on Aug. 1. A win for the National Team and a loss by either Portugal or Ukraine would put them in second place in the group and set up a game with the winner of Group D.

Group C Standings:
Team           GP   W     L     T   Pts.
Ukraine         2     2     0     0     6
Portugal        2     1     1     0     3
USA              2     1     1     0     3
Australia       2      0     2     0     0